Thursday, September 19, 2013

Take 2: Вà Nôi’s

I just love living near Kapitolyo, one of the hole-in-the-wall restaurants hotspots. Admittedly, it has been a while since the last time I went there and I was surprised to see that there are a lot of new restaurants since my last visit. One of which is a Vietnamese restaurant named Вà Nôi’s. Okay, perhaps not all are new establishments but new to Kapitolyo. 

Welcome to the neighborhood, Вà Nôi’s.
I still remember the first time I dined in Вà Nôi’s. It was way back in 2011 when it was still in Makati. I was with my Couchsurfingfriends and we ordered a handful of dishes for sharing. One of the dishes I loved was the Bo Luc Lac, an oh-so-tender stir-fried beef. It was a bit pricey though for the serving. 
This time around, I went with two of my college friends and we ordered Pho Bo (PHP260), Pho Ga (PHP230), Cha Gio (PHP195), Cha Thia Xao Dao Hao (PHP115), Ca Kho To (PHP250), and a glass of iced Vietnamese coffee (PHP110).
Service was very quick. First served was my coffee on a dripper. It reminded me of Highland’s coffee.

Next served was the two bowls of Pho. We had to return the toppings plate though as one of the limes has a worm on it. Well at least they serve organic food. 
The pho were served warm and were really delightful. Slurping the clear soup and munching on the noodles sure calmed our rallying tummies. (And yes, I skipped using the lime.) 
My Pho Ga (chicken noodle soup) tasted really good as is that I do not need anything else for extra flavoring. I just added a bit of bean sprouts for extra texture.
The Cha Gio (crispy spring rolls) was pretty good as well. The shape wasn’t as fat as how other restaurants serve it. Every bite was savory and not very oily as well. 
The Cai Thia Xao Dao Hao (or simply sautéed bok choy in oyster sauce) was crunchy and undeniably fresh. I enjoyed it a lot. I think I grabbed most of the garlic. 
It’s another story though for the Ca Kho To (deep fried catfish in caramel sauce). I find it overly savory. As a person who prefers less flavorful dishes, the taste of this dish was too strong for my palate. It had a bit too much fish bones too which I dislike.

Overall though, it was a great dinner. I loved the pho despite the little surprise. I also enjoyed my iced coffee which wasn’t very strong. We left with happy tummies with a bit of space for dessert. 

Вà Nôi’s is located at East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. It is on the same side as Three Sisters and across Milky and Sunny.

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