Good Pho Ya!.
A friend of mine took me here 4 years ago and I've been going back ever since. Although it's a lot more well-known(busy..put your name on the list) and the price as gradually increased the quality of food remains the same and that is delicious!
I usually stick with the #9 and imperial rolls, which are delicate and delicious, most other pho spots prepare theres a bit more on the greasy side, not here, no way.
The soup hits the spot in and of itself, especially after a squeeze of lemon,a couple jalapenos, a squirt of saracha a dollop of fish sauce and a dash of pepper..nothin wrong with customizing things to your liking, my boyfriend is big on adding fried eggs to his :? go figure :) Either way don't be detered by the neighborhood it's got character!
Another over rated yelp find..
I walk in and am seated. Something smelled spoiled, literally. Someone handed me a menu and two minutes later a lady with a frown on her face asks me what I want, I'm still obviously looking at the menu. I say Ok because I actually can read and talk at the same time. I order large Chicken noodle Pho WITHOUT chicken intestines for $6.95. I ask for an imperial roll, frowny lady asks me if I want order or one piece. She shows me that I can either get a full order of three Imperial rolls for $7.95 or I can get them individually for $2.15, really a no brainer. Also I ordered a Saigon export beer for $3.50.
First I taste the Pho, I never season my food until I've tasted it, and it's bland. The chicken is rubbery and full of gristle. They bring it with a little tray with sliced Jalapeno's and a lemon wedge. I squeeze the whole lemon wedge into it; throw all the peppers in and a healthy squirt of hot sauce for good measure. After stirring it for a bit it turned out pretty good but I feel like I did more to make that soup than they did.
Then there's the Imperial roll, it was the smallest one I'd ever seen. It was about the size of a Farmer John's breakfast sausage after it's cooked, a rip off even at $2.15.
The beer was different, much maltier than the typical Asian lager.
Several things to beware of at this place:
1) Don't order the steamed chicken rice plate because they RIP YOU OFF!! The steamed chicken in my boyfriend's order was a small chicken wing and the carcass/back part of the chicken which was mostly bones, skin and a thin layer of meat. My guess is they used all the meat from the breast and legs for their famous chicken pho and hence created the steamed chicken rice plate as a way to dispose of the rest of their chicken. I hope this review can save someone out there from being ripped off like I did. I paid $6.25 for freaking chicken bones!
2) I like their chicken pho, but didn't like that they secretly added $1 to my bill when I asked for a little more soup in my pho!!! This means my "small" pho plus the extra charge for the soup ended up costing me more than a LARGE pho. Again, RIP OFF!! My guess is, the large pho they offer is no more than presentation in a larger bowl and a few more spoonfuls of soup!
Now, having said those above, I do like the chicken pho at this place, so I give it the 3 stars. I just hope my review will prevent other people from being taken advantage of by this establishment. Turtle Tower had just lost many returns from this customer. Hope that extra $1 is worth it to them. And maybe one day, they can learn to dispose of chicken bones in the trash, and not to their customers!
Best pho evvvverrrrrrr!. This is def. my favorite rest. in the city... actually anywhere. They are only open during the later half of the day so try to get there during their hours of operation. Sometimes there is a line outside on the weekends (its that good)... so get dropped off and get a number as your friend looks for parking~ Chicken noodle soup is the best I've ever had... broth is super tasty :)
Great Pho!. I spent 1 month in vietnam, the pho at this place as great broth and fresh noodles. Breats 99% of the places I visited in vietnam.
Editorial Review by Joanna Currier. Serving Northern Vietnamese pho (noodles), rice plates, imperial rolls and other inexpensive specialties, this no-frills restaurant anchors Little Saigon's northwest corner.
Yummy chicken pho. I remember stumbling on this place 4 years ago when it first opened before anyone knew of it. It was an empty place as I sat there eating what will become SF's favorite and most popular pho places around. An earthquake occurred, making a loud boom startling me and the restaurant owner. We stopped for 3 seconds, stared at each other, waiting...nothing else happened. We continued on, me eating, she cleaning. The pho is that good! The broth is yummy, the chicken soft and moist, the noodles never clumped together like they say. Today this place and the new one on Geary Street are always packed with a waiting list for one reason...it still serves the best pho in town!
Best Chicken Pho (soup) around!.
This place has the best chicken pho I have had...not loaded down with salt, instead they rely on the flavors of the chicken and spices to give it a delicately delicious taste.
I highly recommend this place...but be warned, busy for lunch during the week, closed Tuesdays and they close at 730 nightly.
Great chicken noodle soup!. popular dish here is the chicken noodle soup. broth is not MSG and the noodles are so fresh. good place to eat on a cold San Francisco day.
The most authentic Hanoi style pho!. Here is a true style of pho from the city of Hanoi in Vietnam. Turtle Tower helps bring back the authenticness of pho, which orginated in Hanoi. They preserve the quality and the ingredients, which make pho taste so great as it does at Turtle Tower Restaurant. They do not give out bean spouts or basils because the vegetables alter the pureness of the broth (which is the best part of pho). Additionally, vegetables cool down the temperature of the pho (which defeats the purpose of having a hot bowl of soup to sip on). Try it out...if you don't like it, you don't have to come back. But if you don't try it, you won't know if it is good or not! IT MIGHT JUST BE THE BEST YOU WILL EVER HAVE!
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