If you like Pho, it’s a place to go. Not the best in the world, but a go-to for Miami.
Restaurant: Miss Saigon, Coral Gables
- Bo La Lot – Beef wraps
- Pho Dac Biet (includes the thin beef, meatballs and all the “nasty bits” like tripe, tendon and other delectables)
- 3-4 stars
- FOOD: Flavorful, well-prepared
- SERVICE: average
- AMBIANCE: Above average. Smaller-sized (15ish tables), but clean, with stereotypical Vietnamese decor.
Our “Mangia Memoir” (what we’ll remember)
- I took the trek to the Gables with Kelvin, my Vietnamese friend, who happens to crave Pho on a weekly basis. He has been on the “hunt” for the best place to get Pho in Miami, which has been a bit of a challenge to say the least. I have (not so hesitantly, I might add) agreed to be his wingman (er, woman) on this quest. Honestly, there are not a ton of options, especially when you come from a more diverse city, like Chicago, as he does. It seems that every place Americanizes the deliciousness and you have to specifically ask the waiter/waitress to beg the chef to prepare it in the authentic Vietnamese style. Miss Saigon was no exception here. I get it…restaurants have to cater to their audience, but I wish there was a way to get the masses to really enjoy food the way it was MEANT to be enjoyed, not a dumbed down version because of silly Americans.
- The waiter was our entertainment for the evening. Kelvin ordered the appetizer and the waiter said, “do you know how that comes out? You do, oh ok, because you have to wrap them yourself, you know?” As if my little Vietnamese amigo didn’t know that — Psha. My favorite was when we ordered 2 bowls of Pho and he said “You know how big those are, right? You want 2? You do?! Ok.” And when Kelvin asked for it “Vietnamese style”, the guy said “Yea, we can do it. With all the fatty stuff, right?” If I wasn’t a culinary adventure seeker, without an immediate care for my waistline, I probably would have passed on the “fatty stuff” because he really failed in making it sound even remotely appetizing.