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Friday
May252012

Pho Dakao 

Pho Dakao

593 Park Ave
Worcester, MA 01603

(508) 756-7555

After my review of Anh Thu, a Vietnamese restaurant in Worcester on Park Avenue, I was pressed to try another Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Dakao. Pho Dakao (named for soup and for the name of the family’s village) is just down Park Ave, and is more “upscale.”  When compared to Anh Thu, the Pho Dakao restaurant is larger, there is an attempt at outdoor seating, and there’s a full bar.

The Celtics were playing the night we visited, and the large TVs allowed for enjoying the meal and keeping an eye on the game. This is a restaurant with some TVs, not a pure sports bar.

You are greeted at a hostess station surrounded by bamboo, immediately giving you a Southeast Asia feel. Quickly seated, we quickly ordered spring rolls, and were presented with a large menu.

Our waitress, Thanhmai (Mai) was delightful, and quickly provided a “consult” to navigate the menu.

Using my, “What is the one meal I have to have here?”, Mai quickly asked for my preference (fish, chicken or beef  (tofu had been dismissed while ordering appetizers.)) 

Mai directed me to a number 40, a Rice plate with grilled chicken. The rice plate is served with sliced cucumber, tomato and lettuce with some homemade (fish) sauce. The chicken was superbly prepared, and was not dry. Its flavoring very much reminded me of “barbeque” in Tokyo, a welcomed flavor.

My dinner companion had a number 104, a vegetarian dish of tofu sautéed with lemongrass, with roasted peanuts sprinkled on top. The entrée was advertised as “hot”…and while there was warmth it was not uncomfortable.

Overall, dinner was very good. In and of itself, the meal would take me back.

Then we had the D1. The D1 is the “Tri-Colored Dessert.”  From the menu description, “Chopped ice mixed with red bean, sweet mung bean, and jelly sweetened with syrup and coconut.”  I probably wouldn’t have ordered based on the description, but there was no question in Mai’s mind which dessert we were having.

The dessert has a very nice presentation, immediately whisked away as you stir the ingredients together at the table. What’s a word beyond delicious for a dessert?  While I will busy myself thinking about superlatives, suffice to say the dessert is unique and very good.

Hours  

  • Monday - Friday             11:00 AM to 10:00 PM    
  • Saturday - Sunday          11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Pho Dakao

gets a GREEN LIGHT…go and enjoy.

About the RAG scale:

       Green Light – Go and enjoy

       Amber Light – Use caution

       Red Light – Save your time and money

Friday
Apr202012

Anh Thu Vietnamese Restaurant

Anh Thu Vietnamese Restaurant

429 Park Ave
Worcester, MA 01603

(508) 752 – 1330

One of the things I love about Asian food if the freshness of the ingredients, and the use of vegetables.

Anh Thu is a Vietnamese restaurant in Worcester on Park Avenue.  Anh Thu means strong in Vietnamese, and is the name of the eldest child (who was waiting tables on a return visit!)  Clearly a family run business.

It’s a small place, some place you might drive by regularly and not really notice…tucked between a Bank of America ATM and a shuttered building.  The tables are all covered with table dressings, covered with plastic.  What the place might lack in ambience is made up for with the food.

The food is really quite fresh and a welcomed change of pace from processed foods.

Our meal started with fresh spring rolls with steamed pork and shrimp rolled with vegetables in fresh rice paper.  The vegetables were crisp to the bite, and quite delicious dipped in the accompanying peanut oil.

My entrée was an interesting presentation of crispy fried egg noodles served with a choice of seafood, chicken, beef, pork, tofu or vegetables.  The crispy fried egg noodles reminded me of a bird’s nest!  I had options for the seafood, and went with scallops and shrimp.  The scallops were perfectly prepared as were the shrimp.  The vegetables were crisp…not raw…really nicely prepared.

The other entrée at the table was a tofu stir fry.  The tofu was stir fried with onions and a hint of chili and lemongrass.

Take a look at the pictures and enjoy the food presentation!

I really enjoyed my visit to this interesting little restaurant.  A friend’s daughter recently spent some time in Vietnam, chronicled in her blog.  Her views on this country are a fascinating read.

Bring your own bottle.

Hours

  • Monday - Saturday         10:00 AM to 10:00 PM               
  • Sunday                           10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

 

The restaurant has no website, and they were out of takeout menus. 

So call ahead!

Anh Thu Vietnamese Restaurant  gets a GREEN LIGHT…go and enjoy.

About the RAG scale:

       Green Light – Go and enjoy

       Amber Light – Use caution

       Red Light – Save your time and money