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5.186 TERRP 62(3.19) Pho Sac: Pho Ga

-Cycle 5, Item 186-
10 (Thu) July 2014

-Vietnamese-
Pho Ga

1.0

at Pho Sac (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-

solo

TERRP (Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place), Phase 3.  In Manila since January, here through October under the current contract, living above Robinsons Place, I've been eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, my unique contribution to the city's food/blog scene.  I did all the restaurants on the 1st floor (currently 36, down from the initial 40) and the 2nd floor (currently 7, down from the initial 14).  Now, I'm on to the restaurants on the 3rd floor (currently 28, 2 of which were already covered during Phase 1).  Then, once Phase 3 is complete, time permitting, the 4th floor.  Henceforth, however, I'll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don't finish, no big deal.



This is the 62nd in the series, the 19th on the 3rd floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

All restaurants on the 1st floor:

- 39(1.36) Apr 2 / Cabalen (Filipino) (see 5.087 Buffet Scraps) / 1.5 / $$

All restaurants on the 2nd floor:

- 45(2.07) Apr 30 / Recipes (Filipino) (see 5.115 (Chicken) Gisang Gisang) / 3.0 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (1-10):

- 53(3.10) May 21 / The Old Spaghetti House (Italian) (see 5.132 Pepper Crusted Fish Fillet...) / 1.5 / $$

Previously covered restaurants on the 3rd floor (11-20):

- 54(3.11) May 27 / Davao Tuna Grill (Filipino) (see 5.142 Grilled Tuna Belly...) / 1.0 / $
- 55(3.12) June 2 / Mongolian Quick-Stop (Mongolian) (see 5.148 Mongolian Bowl) / 2.0 / $
- 56(3.13) June 8 / Ajisen Ramen (Japanese) (see 5.154 Kakuni Ramen) / 2.5 / $$
- 57(3.14) June 9 / Fiesta Seafoods Foodhaus (Filipino) (see 5.155 Seafood Grill) / 0.5 / $
- 58(3.15) June 17 / Kim n' Chi (Korean) (see 5.163 Bibimbab) / 1.0 / $
- 59(3.16) June 22 / Tiktilaok (Filipino) (see 5.168 Hearty Garlic Roasted Chicken) / 1.5 / $
- 60(3.17) July 7 / Sbarro (Italian) (see 5.183 Mushroom / Sausage Pizza) / 3.0 / $$
- 61(3.18) July 9 / Handaan (Filipino) (see 5.185 BBQ Chicken + Chop Suey) / 0.5 / $


Pho Sac is a Vietnamese restaurant.  Emphasis on pho, but other Vietnamese mainstays also available, such as spring rolls, ban mi sandwiches, stir-fries, etc.

Most main items priced over the 200-peso mark, not warranted by the quality of the food.

The pho was whatever.  The noodles had either been undercooked or insufficiently soaked or were inherently hard, in any case not a great mouthfeel.  Curiously, they were wide in the Hanoi style, which I've never seen outside of Hanoi (see generally 3.272 Pho Ga).  The chicken was dry.  The broth was bland.  The basil was bitter, as were the bean sprouts, as bean sprouts in the Philippines can be.  So, this place loses out to the other pho joint in the mall, maybe (see generally 5.092 Pho Ga)--if my theory on electrolyte imbalance holds true (see generally 5.124 Tribeca Mushroom Pizza).  

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