Walking into Pho & Grill for lunch, I first noticed the space and how well-maintained it was. Then I noticed that I couldn’t spot any workers.
With no one at the front, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to seat myself or wait to be seated. So I assumed it was the former. A server came out a few seconds after I sat down and brought me a menu. I had made the right decision.
The menu offered a variety of appetizers and entrees. I was going to order the steamed dumplings, which were stuffed with chicken and veggies and served with soy sauce, but it turned out the restaurant had run out. Instead I got the spring rolls with grilled chicken.
For my main dish, I had a hard time deciding between the vermicelli and lo mein. I ended up ordering the Mongolian chicken lo mein.
The spring rolls came out quickly. The chicken was seasoned lightly and tasted good with the vermicelli noodles, chopped carrots and lettuce that also were stuffed inside rice paper. The sauce it came with was spicy.
When the Mongolian chicken lo mein came out, I was impressed with its presentation.
The egg-noodle angel hair, stir-fried with green cabbage, carrots, broccoli, onions and mushrooms, was layered in a wide bowl with the chicken on top. Sesame seeds were sprinkled over the chicken.
The chicken was sweet and savory, with a hint of garlic and full of flavor. It was cut into thin slices that made it easy to cut into and eat with the noodles.
The vegetables were tender and the carrots and broccoli were my two favorites in the dish. The noodles tasted good with everything and the sauce that covered the dish wasn’t overwhelming.
After I was done eating, I still had enough food left for another meal. My stomach was full, but it wasn’t a heavy kind of full where I’d be miserable the rest of the day.
Pho & Grill delivered on good food. But with only one server on the floor, I went without a refill on my water for most of my meal and had to wait a while for a to-go box.
I will try it again to see how other dishes hold up.
Pho & Grill
Address: 10971 Northwest Fwy
Hours: 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Mongolian chicken lo mein