The first time we went we got there early to beat the crowds and our friend ordered for us, being the clueless gens du sud that we were. As a result we got to taste the dish that everyone raves about - the Pho soupe - a combination of savory broth made with cinnamon and cardamom, bean sprouts, rice noodles, raw beef that cooks in the soup, and mini-bowls of additional tidbits to add such as culantro, chili peppers and lemon or lime. Oh la la, trop bon!
On Saturday night it was rainy and chilly - the perfect time for a hot soup - so Copain joined me down in the 13th arrondissement for a trip to Pho 14 on our own. The line was already forming at 7:30pm but we were seated within 10 minutes under the covered terrace. Copain ordered the beef pho and I couldn't resist the Bo bun dish with nems (seriously so, so good).
We watched as the line continued to grow until it was well-over 25 people long. Our steaming hot food came and we devoured every. last. morsel. Like Higuma, our rue Sainte-Anne go-to restaurant, Pho 14 is no frills, no ambiance, just really good, cheap food.
Two main dishes came to 15.90 Euros - we skipped dessert and planned to get something later that night, but were so full that we ended up just eating fruit at home.
Pho 14 advice - get there before 8pm, come hungry!
Copain's Pho - he lets me steal the culantro :-)
129 avenue de Choisy
Tel: 01 45 83 61 15
Metro: Tolbiac or Place d'Italie
(ps - Don't be fooled by the Pho 13 up the street!)
Check out The Steamy Kitchen recipe that I found for more info!