Twice, in as many weeks, I find myself in Springvale. Taking this opportunity to (a) eat in Springvale, and (b) try a new place for the blog, we picked Pho Chu Le.
Inside, it looks like a typical restaurant in Springvale - tiled floors, simple tables and chairs, mirrors to give a sense of space, photos of dishes up on the walls. Having said that, PCL is a bit cleaner and smarter that its peers. It was promising that it was pretty much full haus in there.
Going for our staple orders at any Viet restaurant, we got a serve of pork and prawn rice paper rolls to share. This is pretty good - reasonable amount of prawns, tender poached pork.
For mains, grilled pork w vermicelli for moi. Generous amount of pork, with a nice balance of fattiness and meat. Fresh salad ingredients. This was a pretty reasonable effort. However, the big tsk tsk was that it had a smidge of MSG.
The Lawyer got the pho with beef and tripe. According to him, the beef was a wee tough but the tripe was tender and nice, and the broth had a deep, beefy flavour. Extra propz for the generous amount of beanshoots and mint that came with the pho (so much that we took the mint to go so that I could add it my smoothie that I was planning to make back at home... hehehe... yes, I'm that cheap!)
I'd rate PCL as a bit above average for the typical Vietnamese place. Quick service, generous serves and clean. The only negative is the use of MSG.
PCL is a safe bet - I'd go back there again and try some other dishes if I was in the area.
Food – 7
Service - 7
Ambience – 7
Price - 7
Pho Chu Le