My Chicken Pho at home
I started to feel a little under the weather on Tuesday and decided to take Wednesday off from work. On my way home I stopped by Vietnam Restaurant to stock up on comfort food and soup, so I could curl up on my chair and not leave the house until I felt better. I got the Chicken Pho and the #14 Bun with grilled pork and shrimp. They were both warm, delicious, and comforting. The pho came in three different containers to keep things fresh. There was a container of broth, one of noodles and chicken, and one with the vegetable condiments like jalepeno, bean sprouts, and fresh basil and cilantro. The broth was flavorful and salty, but the chicken was slightly bland. I would probably try a beef pho next time.
My second visit to Vietnam Restaurant this week was on Friday for the Eastsalem Night. Eatsalem Nights are going to be a regular event for socializing and trying out new restaurants. The restaurants on the list this time were both Vietnamese. We started at Vietnam Restaurant and they had set aside one long table for us. There were four adults and two children in our group. We spent quite a bit of time there and tried a few different dishes.
I definitely recommend the Salad Rolls (#2 on the menu and pictured above with the eatsalem sign). They come with a delicious peanut sauce and are filled with veggies, shrimp, pork, and noodles. I ordered my favorite again, #14 Bun with grilled shrimp and pork. Other people ordered Beef Pho, fried rice, and another noodle special that I didn't get to try. Everyone agreed that the broth in the pho was the delight of the dish.
They have very prompt service, although as we stayed quite awhile, we did have to call the server over when we were ready for a bill. When we were ready to leave, the server was very kind about cleaning up after the children and also was happy to split our check however we wanted it done.
All of my experiences at Vietnam Restaurant have been quite good, especially in the food department. The service is usually quite good as well, although every once in awhile you may find the owner's young (10 years old maybe?) son trying to help out. This is usually not the best service, but a funny experience, especially once his dad finds out what is going on.
Vietnam Restaurant (across from Rite-Aid downtown)
364 Center Street
Monday- Saturday 11am - 8pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm (Yes, open Sundays in downtown Salem!)