Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I Hate This Vietnamese Kitchen

I hate you Phat Pho, you give me fat face! And a thin wallet. Can't it be the other way around: thin face and fat wallet? But really, I hate you so much that I love you.

Of the handful of Vietnamese restaurants I have tried hoping to bring back memories of the flavors of Vietnam, it was you, and only you, who came closest. Pho sho.


Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City
(032) 416 2442

Sunday to Thursday 1130AM to 230PM / 5PM to 10PM
Friday and Saturday 1130AM to 230PM / 5PM to 11PM

Sorry, Phat Pho does not take reservations.

Don't ask me about the food. I shall not sing praises for, one, I cannot sing; and, two, even if you make me, I will surely switch to a dreamy look, clam up, and salivate all at the same time. So instead, I shall give you a brief, no–feelings–attached description:
♦ Chilled shrimp goi cuon – vermicelli, mushrooms, carrots, white radish, peanuts, herbs, and shrimps wrapped in rice paper
♦ Pho bo – rice noodle soup with beef
♦ Banh xeo – seafood pancake with bean sprouts
♦ Pho xao – stir fried noodles with chicken, prawns, egg, herbs, and oyster sauce

It is up to you to imagine how it tastes like. OR...get up and go get a fat face yourself.

How Phat Pho gave me (and my friends) a fat face and a thin wallet:
Chilled shrimp goi cuon Php 195
Pho bo Php 370
Banh xeo Php 195
Pho xao Php 350

Check out their other phat dishes (click to enlarge menu):


  1. Waaaa! I've been dying to try their pho! And thanks to you, now I know they also have Banh Xeo which is my fave in Little Saigon Big Bangkok! How was it? The goi cuon looks mighty fine too! Oh my oh my…

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)

    1. I still think the pho in Vietnam is more flavorful (maybe because we get to put as much of the herbs as we want), but Phat Pho's pho is pretty close. Of the four, I liked pho xao best. But my two companions simply raved of the banh xeo.