Search

Search options

nav search

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

Brewsta lines up for Vietnamese food

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

Brewsta lines up for Vietnamese food


Published 
Last updated 18.01.2012

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

Food
Service - n/a
Atmosphere
Value
Overall

"That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

I've been going to a lot of expensive restaurants. It takes a few splurges to get me through the dark days of winter and other dark things going on lately.

Don't get me wrong. I eat plenty of cheap stuff, too. I'm the guy who reviewed the sausages on Wenceslas Square and lived to tell the tale. I'm the guy who writes about the burgers.

I love an inexpensive and tasty meal as much or more than anyone. So the lines out the door at the little Vietnamese spot, Tuan & Lan Pho Vietnam, did not escape my notice.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

OK, there weren't any on this day, but it's pretty common. In summer, they also have extra tables outside.

The couple Tran Anh Tuan a Giap Thi Lan opened the eatery near the Jiřího z Poděbrad metro stop in the summer of 2011.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

A write up in a Czech newspaper said they ran restaurants in Vietnam and came to Prague in 2008.

They don't have full restaurant permits, so it's basically a take-out place with a few tables where you can stand and eat.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

It's cramped and not comfortable, but plenty of people do it each and every day.

Don't know what to order? The menu is on the walls with pictures and descriptions in Czech and English.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

They even do sushi, but I didn't try any of that.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

What I did try first was the Bún Bò Nam Bộ (85 CZK). This was one of my favorites.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

The first time I had it, the beef was tender, but the second time, it was chewier. It's topped with fried onion bits and chopped peanuts. The meat sits on plain rice noodles.

On the side is mint, coriander, lettuce and pickled cabbage and carrot. I got less mint and coriander the second time. It was served with a thin, spicy, garlicky chili sauce. 

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

You can also grab free lemon or lime from the counter. I suggest you do.

The noodles are pretty bland by themselves, but a shot of chili sauce and maybe some lemon cures that. The key for me was to mix everything together, especially the pickled stuff.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

With each fork, there was so much going on -- sweet, salty, sour, meaty, crunchy. The portion was large so I ate half for lunch and half for dinner.

Then I tried the fresh (unfried) spring rolls. The best for me was the shrimp, pork, and egg (30 CZK).

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

The pork had amazing flavors. I asked the woman behind the counter what spices the used, but she would only smile and say "special Vietnamese spice."

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

There's coriander/cilantro in there, and the rice noodles. I liked them all better with a dip in the chili sauce.

I got the beef spring roll (30 CZK).

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

That was fine, and it included meat, noodles, mint and lettuce, but it was not as interesting as the first roll. There was not as much going on inside.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

The fried pork spring roll was good (15 CZK). It's big -- almost a meal by itself.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

The very fresh meat was ground up, mixed with veggies and held in a delicate wrapping.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

They are best when served piping hot and crunchy, straight out of the fryer. Unfortunately, they make them in big batches. After they cool down a bit, they start to get chewy.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

On another visit, I got the Phở bò sốt vang (85 CZK). The beef was in bigger chunks than the first dish, and it was slow-cooked to softness, with a tomato-based sauce.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

It was served over plain rice noodles with ground nuts on top, and fresh onion, lettuce, mint and coriander on the side. It was OK, but in my opinion, not nearly as nice as the Bún Bò Nam Bộ.

I got an order of nem lui to take with me (35 CZK).

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

In simple terms, it's fried pork/beef burgers on a stick. There was a hint of seasoning, but I thought them relatively boring. Nem lui are often made with hoisin sauce and fish sauce and threaded onto lemongrass stalks, but I didn't taste much going on. They were very greasy and really didn't travel well. When they are not hot, they are not good.

Finally, I had the classic Vietnamese soup, pho bo (79 CZK).

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan

The beef was certainly tender, and there were lots of noodles and greens in there. But I was disappointed by the blandness of this particular batch. I told friends I thought it really needed more lime and coriander. They told me they didn't have such problems, so your experience may vary.

While I would knock Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan for a lack of consistency, I would also applaud them for value and quality when they get it right. I would spend around 150 CZK and walk out with enough food for two meals.

I found more pleasures there than in many more expensive restaurants, so I'll be back. As I discovered, the more I ate, the richer I got.

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan
Slavíkova 1 (Jiřího z Poděbrad)
Prague 2 - Vinohrady
Tel. (+420) 774 167 786


For more related content see our dedicated microsite - Exotic Flavors of Prague

Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan


View Prague Restaurant Reviews in a larger map

Jobs in Prague for English & Multilingual Speakers

Click for 100's of jobs in Prague for English and multilingual speakers in Prague.


Trending articles


Hide older comments


Comment from: Published: 07:57:27 25.07.2012
Yes, the food is really yummie and it's great for a quick dinner if I'm too lazy to cook for myself. I tastes authentic Vietnamese - I've lived in Vietnam for a few years and can compare ;). 2 negatives though: The sushi hasn't been offered for a rather long time. Also, the food is often prepared Vietnamese style, this means they chop the vegetables on the counter of their little store across the street in between dealing with customers and their money. Actually, that's better than the original Vietnamese way where it's chopped right on the street ;).
Comment from: Published: 09:14:32 01.04.2012
the place is getting really dirty... the floors look horrible and the open kitchen YIKES. I love the place but they need to clean up.
Joel(Guest) Published: 05:34:11 18.02.2012
This place is great. Why did you not try the soup? I usually get the Pho Bo Ga (beef brisket). Why is Vietnamese synonymous with Vegetarian? So what, no veggie, go somewhere else (walk a few feet to Pind or Dili Dehli). Great place for the price, always friendly, and yes theres a line, but they are extremely fast and maintain quality.
Hi(Guest) Published: 04:53:22 04.02.2012
THIS PLACE SUX - and there is an AMAZING Vietnamese place right around the corner with a huge menu of CHEAP and delicious food. But we accidentally stopped to try this place one day and I will never waste my money on it again. First of all, there are NO veggie options really. We ordered the shrimp spring roll and it came with beef in it, so tho I eat seafood, i could not even enjoy this dish. Then everyone ordered meal. I sat waiting for mine for 30 minutes while every1 else finished their entire meal. I finally got up to ask -AND THEY HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT MY MEAL COMPLETELY! (the only veggie order too duhhhh -and it sucked) .NOT ONLY DID I HAVE TO WAIT AND MAKE EVERY1 ELSE WAIT FOR THEM TO COOK IT - AND ME TO EAT IT - BUT THEY STILL CHARGED ME FOR A TO-GO BOX WHICH I WOULD NOT HAVE NEEDED IF THEY HAD NOT FUCKED UP MY ORDER LIKE RETARDS. FUCK THEM. TYPICAL BS CUSTOMER SERVICE AND BAD FOOD. SAVE UR MONEY.
Comment from: freeform23 Published: 11:50:33 03.02.2012
There are three veggie options, two stir-fry tofu dishes, and one bok-choi (60-70kc). I had the latter and it was lacking; white rice and fried bok-choi - that's it. Can't say anything about the tofu dishes, but they didn't sound appetizing either. I wish they would add a vegetarian Pho to the menu, as it is so simple to make and judging by the meat eating review would be delicious as well.
Comment from: Published: 09:40:48 24.01.2012
Any veggie options? Looks like nothing but swine n' beef
Comment from: io_sweetie Published: 02:49:47 24.01.2012
It\s just a few meters away from our house and often get some food from there as my toddler is a big fan. i must admit it takes a long time to wait for a bun bo especially in the evening, but the staff was never rude or unpleasant.
Comment from: Published: 07:10:52 18.01.2012
Great value for money, stopped by there on my way back from work after reading the review. There's another great place on JzP, don't remember the address now, it's called Hanoi. Big portions, good prices, nice environment. Good article!
DF(Guest) Published: 01:29:24 18.01.2012
I live just round the corner and was happy to have a new Asian food option so near home but after frequenting the place for several weeks and mostly enjoying the food I decided it was not worth the rude and often strangely unpleasant behavior of the staff.