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Sunday, March 23, 2014

SIN: Phố Tâm Anh {CLOSED}

Aromatic turmeric pancake!

UPDATE (05/01/2016): The restaurant has closed down.

I rarely have Vietnamese cuisine here in Singapore, and neither do I know of any highly recommended Vietnamese restaurants around. One evening, while walking around with my BFFs inside Chinatown Point after work, we noticed Phố Tâm Anh as a relatively new restaurant. Since it was already 9pm, we just stepped inside to see what they had to offer to satisfy our grumbling stomachs.


Bánh Xèo S$6.90
Taste: 8/10

Literally means sizzling cake, the Vietnamese pancake emitted a heady aroma due to the use of turmeric powder. Wrapped inside were pork meat, shrimps, beansprouts and a bit of spring onions.


I enjoyed the chewiness of the pancake and its crispiness on the edges, but I felt that it was too thin. The accompanying sweet and sour fish sauce made a good dip for the appetiser.


Phở Bò Đặc Biệt S$10.90
Taste: 7.5/10

Being the house specialty, the beef noodle didn't disappoint, even though I've tasted better elsewhere. Having a mildly sweet soup balanced with a dash of lime juice, it displayed a mix of sliced beef brisket and meatballs. Well, I believe the noodle itself could be chewier.


Hủ Tiếu Khô S$8.90
Taste: 8/10

I had a preference for the vermicelli with pork over the beef noodle. Coupled with  a single prawn and fish ball each, sprinkled with aromatic fried garlic, fried shallots and spring onions, it was a pretty luscious dish. Unfortunately, the soup provided seemed to be laden with MSG.


Cơm Gà Nướng S$7.90
Taste: 7.5/10

Initially I wanted to order the rice with BBQ pork chop and egg cake, but it was sold out. As such, I had to settle for the nicely glazed grilled chicken which was quite flavourful, but not that succulent. It was served with the same fish sauce dip as the one that came with the appetiser.


Chè Ba Màu S$3.90
Taste: 7/10

So far, I haven't been able to taste a particularly nice Vietnamese version of cendol with red beans and skinless mung beans. In my opinion, the coconut milk wasn't adequately rich. Any Vietnamese friend would like to recommend here in Singapore?

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Overall: 7.5/10

While the food could be better, service was warm and amiable. Pika's advice: Craving for Vietnamese snacks? Come down from 3pm to 6pm daily for tea time!

Phố Tâm Anh

133 New Bridge Road
#B1-33 Chinatown Point
Singapore
(Daily: 9.00am - 10.00pm)

*Prices quoted are subject to 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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