Monday, October 11, 2021

Mama Pho

Mama Pho is located on the 4th Floor, Ho'okipa Terrace, Macy's side of Ala Moana, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

To fuel up for our spontaneous 20,000-step workout, my friend and I stopped at Mama Pho for an early dinner. We had passed by this place on a previous visit to Ala Moana, so I'm glad we finally got to eat here.

With COVID-19 protocols still in play in Hawaii, the employees verified all people dining in were fully vaccinated or had a negative COVID test. Patrons were seated at least six feet apart.

Typical Vietnamese menu here. Pho is the signature item, but there are appetizers (summer rolls, green papaya salad, etc.); rice dishes; and sandwiches.

I went with the #22 pho ($15), featuring rare steak, brisket, and flank steak. My friend got the #21 pho with rare steak and flank steak. The server brought out a plate of sprouts, basil, jalapeƱos, and lemon (apparently not lime) right away. We also got a small container of sriracha and hoisin.

You may have to ask for their sate (chile volcano sauce) separately, as they did not provide that to us. Also, no self-serve containers at the table right now due to COVID-19.

In less than five minutes, we each got our pho. A fairly large bowl. When I dug into mine, a generous portion of thinly sliced meat, much more than I was expecting. Well worth the price.

As always, the broth is the test of a good pho, and this one passed that test. Soothing and flavorful, not heavy. It felt like the right portion of food overall, so we didn't have to waddle back to the car.

They have a filet mignon pho ($25) on the menu, and they probably provide a lot of meat for this one too. Hopefully I'll be able to try it one day when my wallet is not as sad.

Very good service overall. It also looks like they have a bar area to the right side of the entrance.

Mama Pho is open every day for lunch and dinner, usually 11-8 or 11-9. If you're in the mood for pho, check this place out. 8.5/10

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