Pho Ao Sen
1139 E 12th St
Oakland, CA 94606
Why did we dine here? – Pho Ao Sen is renowned to be one of the best Vietnamese Noodle houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We finally got a chance to visit them as we were passing through the East Bay. Last visit was in summer 2014.
Insider Tip – Cash only, ignore the bad service.
Cuisine – Vietnamese
Location – Oakland
Opened – 2008
Service – Pho Ao Sen had bad service, we had to wait awhile to order and had to struggle to get the bill.
Verdict – Pho Ao Sen serves up some of the best Pho in the Bay Area. Give it a try, the prices are very reasonable. Checkout Tamarine in Palo Alto for some really good Pho.
Pho Ao Sen Signature Dishes – Pho, rice plates.
Pho Ao Sen’s Menu has a wide variet of items from Pho to Rice Plates to appetizers.
Pho Ao Sen Food Picks:
Shrimp Rice rolls ($6) hit the spot. Lots of peanut dipping sauce too.
Pho Tai Chin Nam Gan Sach ($6.75) Sliced eye round steak, well-done brisket, well-done flank, soft tendon, and tripe – A classic bowl of noodles. Good broth and noodles and lots of parts.
Pho Tai ($6.75) Sliced eye round steak was pretty average. Broth and noodles hit the mark. Fairly low on quantity.
Pho Ga- Chicken Noodle Soup ($6.75) Rice noodle served with our long-simmered chicken broth and tender shredded chicken accompanied with house blended ginger sauce – another rich bowl of broth and noodles. It was interesting that the chicken was served on the side for you to dunk. We ordered some rare steak ($2) which was a nice added touch.
Bun Bo Hue- Hue Style Spicy Beef Noodle Soup ($7.95) Beef –based broth cooked delicately with essence of lemongrass, dried chili and variety of different spices simmered to perfection. Served with thick rice vermicelli garnished with scallion, onion, cilantro, and laksa leaves along with tender beef shank, poached pork, bean sprouts, cabbage, and thinly sliced banana blossom (Bun Bo Hue Enthusiast? Cubes of congealed pork blood are available) – a more interesting bowl of noodles that were very spicy and full of weird parts.
Thach Che ($3.25) Agar Dessert drink was fun with its multiple pieces of dessert. They did add a little too much ice to the drink.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Che Thai – Thai dessert drink
Che Ba Mau – Three colored Bean drink
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)