(Pho Stop had since ceased operations at Tanjong Pagar Road and moved to Downtown Gallery. The updated address would be listed at the bottom of this post.)
Pho Stop had been relocated within the CBD for quite a few times, with the current location settled in the heart of Tanjong Pagar where many Korean BBQ restaurants had found home to.
Being just one of the two dining concepts under the same roof, The Bar Above is the other F&B concept which is being housed above Pho Stop. Opened for both lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday, the menu features mains from Pho to Rice sets, with a small section featuring sides and another for dessert.
(Fresh Summer Rolls with Prawn and Chicken)
To kick start our meal, we decided to have the Fresh Summer Rolls with Prawn and Chicken. The greens were bursting with freshness, with cucumbers and carrots being crunchy and juicy while the lemongrass leaf in between provided a bit of flavour. Prawn and chicken were rather fresh, and this was indeed a great clean tasting appetiser to start the meal with.
(Grilled Pork Chop Rice with Egg)
My order was the Grilled Pork Chop Rice with Egg. Coming with pickled vegetables at the side, these were juicy and crunchy as they refreshes the palate with its tang. While the Pork Chop was smoky in flavour, it felt lacking of a Vietnamese component; perhaps the lack of lemongrass flavour usually prominent in their marination of the meat, and also slightlt marred by the fact that it was a wee bit dry. The fried egg was rather enjoyable though; the egg yolk flows well after a poke.
(Grilled Chicken Chop with Dry Noodle)
Another one of the recommended dishes on the menu here would be the Grilled Chicken Chop with Dry Noodle, which comes with other ingredients such as beansprout, carrot and other greens. We were honestly taken aback by how generous the portion of chicken was as it covered the entire bowl, and the marination seemed to be way deeper than the grilled pork chop; definitely stronger with lemongrass flavours. Stirring the sauce into the dry noodle, it was pretty clean-tasting yet flavourful; a great item for those who are more health-conscious to order.
(Honey Cinnamon ice-cream)
For dessert, we opted for a scoop of Honey Cinnamon ice-cream, a flavour we picked as it seemed like a rare combination. Sure enough, it was enjoyable with heavy hints of the spice with a subtle sweetness from the honey. Pretty unique I would say.
Pho Stop might not serve the best Vietnamese food around in Singapore, but it is definitely one of those that are above average. It offers a reasonably priced menu that is rather wallet-friendly to the office crowd that it is surrounded by. Perhaps this would be the place I would head to if I am craving for Vietnamese in the area, but it definitely has lots of potential as well.
72 Tanjong Pagar Road
6A Shenton Way