{Review} Pho 2000

Pho 2000 is a small restaurant chain found in several areas around Vietnam.

Bill Clinton ate here and it’s their main pulling point. There are only a handful of items on the menu. There’s pho (noodles), rice, and rolls.

The servings were large–for someone who comes from the Philippines, anyway. If I’d compare it to the size of a serving in the US, then the servings would be normal sized. That being the case, I wasn’t even able to eat half of mine.

All in all, it was just an okay place. The drinks were pretty expensive (18,000 VND for a can of coke) but the price for the food was worth it. My chicken pho cost around 50,000 VND (roughly 2.50 USD | PHP100), and for the size it was great. There was a lot of chicken meat, noodles and vegetables, so you aren’t just paying for broth.

TOURIST TIP: They put wet towels in front of you before you eat. If you open those, you pay for them. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS. Some restaurants try to one-up the tourists by including the napkins in the bill (it’s around 2,000 VND each). If you didn’t use the towels, just show them you didn’t and they’ll subtract it from your receipt. This restaurant was smart enough to check if we used the towels first before billing us so we had no problems. But other places we ate in (such as the one in Ben Tanh night market and Rat Hue along Le Loi St) billed us for the napkins we didn’t use. A tour guide who was eating next to us in Ben Tanh told us it was common practice for them to try and overcharge you first.

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11 thoughts on “{Review} Pho 2000”

    1. It surprised us when we saw the towels on our bill when we didn’t even use them! Ah, the things people will do to tourists… Which countries have you visited? πŸ™‚

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    1. Interesting to see a local(? I’m assuming from your username :)) opinion about this. The food tasted fine to us–it wasn’t delicious and worthy of an excellent recommendation, but it was okay for a reasonably priced place. Ah, most of the places we ate in had the same price range, so did we eat in all overpriced establishments? Damn. But all the servings were huge and we got much more than the amount of food you’ll get in the Philippines for the same price so we thought it was cheap, haha.

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      1. You guys probably went to all the bigger establishment around the foreigner area. There are many other places that tastes better and go for around 30,000 but seems not as clean πŸ˜€

        The serving in Pho 2000 looks a lot in a big bowl, but it’s mostly noddles and water. Well, basically, it’s commercialize catering to foreigner who likes clean, safe food instead of good tasting Pho πŸ˜€

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      2. Guilty as charged! My friend’s sister gave her a list of restaurants they went to (she went to HCM for a field trip for her culinary major), so we ate in those places. I just realized that we forgot to try out the street food when we were there D:

        Ah, that’s interesting! And I thought I already got a lot of noodles and chicken in Pho 2000, which is more than what I can say for most restaurants in the Philippines who serve food in that price range 😦 It’s mostly water here when you buy noodles, and the servings in most restaurants are tiny. But your comments made me think, we really didn’t eat in places with delicious food, haha. I remember most of what we ate as tasting okay, but nothing that I’d crave. A friend of mine is going to HCM in a couple of months, would you have any places to recommend for her to eat in? πŸ™‚

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      3. I recommend meeting a local. They will gladly take you to all their favorite “local” places.

        I have lived in Vietnam for 2 years before i came back to America. But there is a English Club in Ho Chi Minh city that i go to in order to meet people, while helping the local(mostly students) learn English. Get in touch with this lady here, she’s my personal friend leading the English club and running a non-profit organization call Helping Hand Saigon. http://www.facebook.com/jodie.huynh . My name is Tuan if your friend need a name to talk to her.

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