First of all I am a big Pho Noodles and soup fan. I have tried the various Pho restaurants downtown and was a weekly and sometimes twice weekly customer of those establishments.
When Pho Ever first opened on Pear Street (right next to the Shelbourne Plaza) a friend of mine suggested we try the place to compare it to the other Pho restaurants. I was very impressed with the interior of the establishment and is by far the best interior out of the Pho restaurants I have been to in the city. They even have more private seating good for groups of 6 or more.
Now for the Food...
The menu at Pho Ever is very decent and professional looking with a surprising selection of dishes. So this restaurant is not exclusive to Pho noodles and soup but has a great selection of other tasty dishes. They even have Bubble Tea, which I have yet to try but their selection of this is also very good. If you are a vegetarian, they have a solid choices for you non-meat eaters. Their Pho Noodles and soup has improved over time and is equally as good as any of the downtown ones. I have only tried a few side dishes here but was always satisfied with them.
I actually find myself going to Pho Ever more often then the downtown Pho restaurants and I see this place as the Hidden Treasure of the Shelbourne area that is increasing in popularity. My latest visit a week ago saw the largest dinner crowd to date. This place should be tried and it will not effect your pocket book as the $$ ($15-$30) pricing suggests on the Dine Here rating (Pho Noodles and soup is <$9).
Went here for dinner last week. Place was not bad at all. Order Chicken and Shrimp Vermicelli bowl...pretty hard to mess up, tasted fresh and good, price was around 9 dollars I believe. Friend ordered some rice bowl it was huge and good. Other people food looked very good as well, prices were pretty cheap, staff were nice, place was clean. Good option!
My friend asked for "not spicy", but couldn't eat what they brought. When we told them about it, instead of simply and politely exchanging it, they argued that she didn't order clearly enough, that she shouldn't have eaten any of it at all, etc. etc., and blamed my friend. She didn't want to make a scene, so she accepted it (and the charge on the bill), ordered another of the same with "no pepper at all". She ate the second one, and took the first spicy one home to rinse off the pepper. A good restaurant would have exchanged it without hesitation, but I guess they really needed the $10. I'll never go there again and I'll tell this story to anyone whenever we talk about Korean food. Pho ever? Never.
My friends and I have been regulars of Pho Ever for quite some time. What kept us coming back is the great Pho, speedy service, and moderate prices.
In recent visits, however, more than one of my friends has not received their meals with the rest of us. There has been no explanation from the server or the manager, and we have had to get up and flag down a staff member to ask where the rest of our food is.
Last night was the final time I will visit Pho Ever. My friend did not receive her meal with the rest of us, and after 10 minutes of no explanation, I had to get up to ask the server where her food was. The server giggled and walked away. 20 minutes later, her food finally arrived, but still no explanation. When we went to the till to pay, the manager also giggled when we told her about the situation and offered her 10% off. At any other respectable restaurant, we would have received an immediate explanation and the meal would be free. We are not fussy people, and let it slide the few times it happened, but this was the final straw.
An explanation and a free meal would have kept our service - we were regulars, after all.
Not worth it. Crappy service. Pho is better downtown, anyway.
Stopped by Pho Ever for a late lunch, and was excited to try this new place out. Unfortunately, I was met by unprofessional staff and poor service. The food was brought out quickly (because nothing was freshly prepared). The Pho tasted like instant like instant noodles, and there was hardly any meat. The spring rolls were also very oily, and lacked flavor. In the end I spent almost $15 for a useless lunch! Skip this place, try Little Thai place next door, or Fujiya across the street.