Hubby and I were invited to a sneak preview of Phat Pho, which incidentally is opening today, at Serendra yesterday during lunch time. It’s located in between Wee Nam Kee and Brazil Brazil. It occupies the space that used to be Marta’s Cakes.
Phat Pho exudes a casual vibe which I found rather similar to their sister restaurant 8 Cuts Burger Blends. There are bar seats, high tables and chairs, as well as normal seating. Phat Pho is an original concept from Cebu which was brought over by The Moment Group (the restauranteurs behind certified hits like Burger Bar / 8 Cuts Burger Blends, Namnam, and Cue Modern Barbecue) to Manila.
Each table is equipped with paper napkins, chopsticks, mini ladles, toothpicks, and a big bottle of Sriracha hot sauce.
We were first served Rice Paper Rolls Goi Cuon (P175 for slow roasted pork / P195 for chilled shrimp / P165 for marinated tofu) which comes with three different fillings. Since it was a preview, we were served a combination plate which had two of each filling so we could try everything. Each roll is filled with vermicelli, wood ear mushrooms, carrots, daikon, peanuts, and fresh herbs plus either pork, shrimp, or tofu. Each order comes with two sauces — a creamy peanut sesame dressing and a fish sauce-based dip. Hubby and I both loved the clean and refreshing taste of the Rice Paper Rolls.
We were promptly served a trio of Satay right after. There are three kinds: Angus Beef Satay (P210 for 3 pcs / P345 for 5 pcs), Chicken Satay (P130 for 3 pcs / P215 for 5 pcs), and Pork Belly Satay (P130 for 3 pcs / P215 for 5 pcs). Each one is seasoned differently. The beef is flavored with tamarind, the chicken with 5 spice, and the pork with lemongrass. All are topped with lots of garlic and shallots. I liked the Angus Beef Satay best but they’re actually all delicious. The atchara-like pickled veggies on the side complement the satay perfectly.
I just had to order Vietnamese Coffee (P85, pictured above). I always do when I’m trying a Vietnamese place for the first time. I opted to have it hot. It’s served to you like this and you have to wait for the coffee to drip.
The cup comes with condensed milk so after dripping, just stir and drink… or add ice first if you want it cold. I thoroughly enjoyed how rich and smooth it was. Perfect, really.
Since hubby and I are still hanging on to our dream of losing weight (lol!), we decided to just share one bowl of pho. I don’t know about you but I prefer my pho simple, I’m not a fan of complicated pho with a dozen kinds of meat in it. That said, I decided to order Pho Bo (P195 small / P370 large), which is just really good old-fashioned Vietnamese noodle soup loaded beansprouts and lettuce plus shaved US Angus Beef. The soup has a very clean fresh taste but is a bit bland so I added a bit of Sriracha to it. I liked how it was light and not at all greasy. The beef is lean too, so you get pure meat. It’s a very comforting bowl and it’s the exact opposite of the thicker, heavier tonkotsu ramen broth we’re getting served a lot of these days.
We also tried Homemade Fish Cake (P195, pictured above) which is served with sweet chili dipping sauce. It’s kind of like flattened and sliced fish balls except tastier.
Upon everyone’s recommendation, we ordered Com Chien (P295, pictured above) which is Vietnamese style fried rice with chicken and prawns. It’s topped with lots of garlic, shallots, and green onions.
I mixed it up a bit to distribute the toppings. Have you tried cook-it-yourself rice in a Mongolian restaurant, where you add sauces, veggies, meats, etc to steamed rice and then cook them all together? The taste is kind of like that. It’s really nice and tasty! I think my kids would like it.
We had Thit Kho Nuoc Dua (P340, pictured above) to go with the rice — braised pork belly and eggs in coconut milk with black pepper, fish sauce, and coriander. It’s kind of like adobo, except more subtle in flavor and cleaner tasting. The big thick chunks of pork were surprisingly tender. I really liked the sauce. If I were to choose between this and adobo I would probably go for this. Hubby didn’t like it though.
Hubby and I were really full afterwards. We were not able to finish the rice and pork so we just had them wrapped for takeout.
Here’s Phat Pho’s entire menu, just click on the image above for a closer look.
For quick and healthy meals at reasonable prices, check out Phat Pho in Serendra! I hope they add desserts to the menu soon though. 🙂
G/F Serendra Piazza
McKinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio Global City
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