Since Va Va Voom ceased its operations two years ago, Pho Stop has been one of my most favourite eateries to satisfy my cravings for Vietnamese fare. Following its relocation, Pho Stop now features an even more spacious dining area; definitely what many of the cubicle rats working around the area have been looking forward to for a long time. That’s not all, what is most exciting about its opening is an all- new rooftop bar, dubbed as The Bar Above.
The new casual- dining eatery certainly did not lack cosiness and seemingly never fails to bring its customers’ tastebuds closer to home. While its menu remains restricted to the same old Vietnamese favourites, it now serves a wider range of drinks with a selection of Martinis and Hitachino Nest Japanese craft beers.
Be greeted with a lovely sight of the surrounding skyscrapers as soon as you step right out into the outdoor area. Quaint and humble- looking, it is like stepping into your outdoor balcony back at home (given that you even have such a spacious one). The al- fresco seating area offers an ideal spot for a session of drinks with one’s friends, an experience like no other in the region of Tanjong Pagar- Outram Park.
Vietnamese Fish Cakes ($5.60)
It should be easy for these home- made Southern Vietnamese- styled Fish Cakes to please, simply done yet surprisingly tastier than expected. Packed with a salty spicy kick, these are delectable bites that are worthy of being ordered to be shared among a group of friends before the arrival of mains.
Deep- Fried Spring Rolls ($5.00)
With the rightly- done crisp and greasiness to delight fans of deep- fried snacks, these Spring Rolls boast a savoury profile, featuring a pleasurable moist mix of minced pork and yam on the inside.
One of the most generously- stuffed Vietnamese Summer rolls around, the Fresh Thai lettuce provides a nice crunch to one’s bite while together with the use of Mint, makes the roll utterly refreshing. Stuffed with whole prawns, chunks of chicken and rice noodles- all wrapped in a Vietnamese rice paper, this is an appetiser that does more than just helping to whet one’s appetite. For an extra hit of richness, pair it with the Home- made Hoi Sin Peanut dip that is packed with a spicy- sweet savoury kick.
Beef Feast Combo ($8.90)
Many have given much praise to this Vietnamese eatery’s broth base of their Pho selection. The warmth from the flavourful soup creeps up one’s veins while the home- made feel to the bowl helps to put a grin on one’s face just after the first few mouthfuls. The Beef Feast Combo is a crowd favourite, because for a slightly more expensive price as compared to the other numbers, you get a sizeable amount of everything available from their Pho selection. The noodles are cooked till al- dente perfection, adding to the fact that Pho Stop has indisputably got every element right for the perfect bowl of Pho. Do add in the accompanying vegetables, chilli and squeeze a little lime juice for the maximum taste.
Sliced Beef with Pho ($7.80)
The Sliced Beef with Pho is another delish alternative that spells comfort with its very generous serving of Beef slices provided for in the bowl. While especially gratifying to have on a rainy cold day, this soul- satisfying bowl would most certainly make anyone walk out of the establishment as a happy diner anyway.
Grilled Pork Chop Rice ($8.90)
Another one of their popular numbers, the Grilled Pork Chop features a delightful delectable marination over its well- executed meat that has a nice chewiness to it. Getting all the elements right for a fine plate of rice with the show-stopping chunks of Grilled Pork Chop and the other accompanying highlights, the dish tugs on one’s heart strings while filling up the tummy as well.
Grilled Chicken Chop Rice ($8.50)
The Grilled Chicken Chop Rice is yet another crowd favourite and I heard that it has been a popular take- away option for all the cubicle rats working around the area. Kissed with smoke and char, the delicacy is well- balanced texturally and provides a medley of savoury notes that should leave one craving for more.
An American Brownie in Saigon ($5.50)
Old- fashioned brownie topped with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream and sprinkled with chopped fresh mint, roasted cashews, peanuts and walnuts. This would make an ideal dessert to leave a lasting impression at the end of a pleasurable meal.
Let us all be realistic here, Pho Stop does not offer a dining experience that is out of this world but really, for the convenient location, the wallet- friendly prices and what it offers to its diners in terms of food and ambience, one cannot help but to frequent this place often. Comfort is what I have always experienced during my visit and when I leave the establishment, I feel satisfied.
72 Tanjong Pagar Road
Contact Number: 6534 8178
Mondays to Tuesdays, 11.30am till 10:00pm
Wednesdays to Thursdays, 11.30am till 12:00am
Fridays and Saturdays, 11.30am till 2.00 am