If you have never tried Vietnamese food...you are seriuously missing out. Ever since Pho Vu opened in La Quinta several years back, it has been a restaurant that The Palm Springs Local has been intrigued by, and once tried, it is now high on the list of The Palm Springs Locals favorites.
Family owned, and with 3 locations (La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs), Pho Vu has hit the Coachella Valley hard and is one of the deserts go to spots for flavorful, exoctic fare.
It is not only the food at Pho Vu that keeps customers coming back, but also its almost over the top friendly staff. But it isn't an act, they are geniunly happy and don infectous smiles. Their menu has a variety of selections including Appetizers (BBQ Pork Spring Rolls, Fresh Springs Rolls and Vietnamese Crispy Wings), Salads (Shrimp Apple, BBQ Chicken and Stir Fried Filet Mignon), Vermicelli Bowls,Vegartarian Plates ( Fried Tofu several ways), and Rice Plates.
But the star of the show is definetly the Pho Vietnamese Noodle Soup. The hot bowl of infinite goodness gets its life from the extrodinary broth that is the foundation and the depth of the soup. The broth is born from ingredients such as beef shank, roasted onions, herbs and spices which include coriander, fennel, cloves and star anise. All of the flavors of the ingredients are adhered together in a hot bath simmering for up to 14 hours. Afterwards rice noodles are inserted and the soup is topped with scallions, cilantro and onions. There are a variety of ways to order the Pho soup. You can have it with everything from plain, to Brisket, Eye Round Steak, Spicy Lemongrass Pork or The Palm Springs Locals favorite, Shrimp (#17). No matter how you order it, the Pho is served with a side plate of bean sprouts, basil leaves, jalepenos and lime, for you to add to your liking. And of course there is plenty of Sriracha, Hoisin and dare if you can chili paste to give your Pho that extra kick.
Besides the excellent food, this review would not be complete without mentioning the Vietnamese Ice Coffee. If you like coffee, or if you think you are a coffee concoction connoisseur, trying their Vietnamese Ice Coffee is beyond a must. It will thrust you into an ulternate
caffeine super universe....enough said. They also have other beverages that include the traditional sodas and beer, and their Thai Ice Tea with Tapioca Pearls that is just plain fun to drink, especially when you get one of the spongy pearls to come jetting threw your straw and firmly into our mouth, it's as if you just won a prize at a carnival.
Whether we are deep into our season with cooler temps or if its 120 degrees out, a hot bowl of Pho is good anytime at Pho Vu...one of the Coachella Valleys best eateries and a favorite of The Palm Springs Local.
Open 7 days a week 11am to 9pm (Palm Springs location open until 10pm)
Indoor seating /CC accepted/beer $
79-630 Hwy 111 La Quinta 760-775-2417
34-260 Monterey Palm Desert 760-324-1888
285 S. Palm Canyon Palm Springs 760-322-6162