As a big fan of Vietnamese noodle dishes, I was thrilled to see Pho Tai open at 3728 Broadway. We went on a busy Galveston weekend, hoping it would be less crowded than Seawall or downtown eateries. Our wish did come true and we could be seated immediately. We encountered several friends while we were there, all of whom must have had the same idea. The decor is fresh, attractive and modern.
A friendly staff member brought our jasmine tea right out, giving us time to peruse the menu. We decided to order favorites rather than strike out into new territory. A time-honored ìmust haveî appetizer is spring rolls, and theirs certainly did not disappoint us. The rice paper wrapper was stuffed with shrimp, pork, rice vermicelli and vegetables. The generous portion of accompanying peanut sauce was excellent.
For dinner, my personal favorite is Vermicelli with Marinated Grilled Honey Chicken. It arrived as perfection, with juicy and lightly sweet sliced chicken breast over a bowl of fresh greens (unlike at too many restaurants where I have found the chicken in this dish to be overdone and stringy). Dollops of bean sprouts, cucumber slices, carrot shreds, fried onions, and cilantro completed the medley. The fish sauce was nice and garlicky.
My companion selected Rice with Grilled Sliced Steak. The steak was surprisingly flavorful and tender, something that he has not always found at Vietnamese restaurants with this dish. It was accompanied by lettuce, cucumbers, carrots tomatoes and cilantro, marinated with a very pleasing sweet vinegar sauce and served with steamed rice. He was very happy with his order.
While we did not venture out into their other delicacies, a friend ordering take-out assured us that the broiled salmon dishes are fabulous. That gives us something to try on our next visit. Because there will be more visits. I encourage you to stop by as well.