Don’t get me wrong, I like pho. But sometimes, the quantity of rice noodles overwhelms me: They’re not enough, and too much, at exactly the same time.
So, this time, “I am going to try something new,” I announced to my friend, as we settled into our cozy, two-top right next to the window at Pho Grand in Chinatown. I was busy studying the photos on the backside of the take-away menu, and figuring out their corresponding menu numerals, when my friend pointed out to me: “I love that your idea of trying something new is picking something from the picture menu.”
Hey, I sort of love that, too. Take the dish I chose, no. 45, the bun chao gio. Lovely photo, absolutely uninspired English translation: Bun Cha Gio, spring rolls with lettuce and rice vermicelli, $5.45. Who would read that and think a.) it’s enough for dinner and b.) oh, spring rolls, you mean dainty, delicious rolls stuffed with a savory mushroom-pork mix, wrapped in rice paper, and then deep-fried, but they’re miraculously not greasy? Yeah I wouldn’t have gotten that, either. But the picture was intriguing, and the bun chao gio were a hit.
Plus, as I pointed out to my friend, kind of cool that I picked the one dish that has a photo on the take-away menu and not on the regular in-house menu. Good thing I picked up that take-out menu at the start.
Pho Grand, 277 Grand St. (btwn. Eldridge and Forsyth), 212-965-5366
Gratuitous photo of table condiments, one of my favorite groupings to take pictures of, after the jump:
Mmm Mmm Mmm