The owner of the successful Saigon Market in Lake Park has opened a restaurant next door: Pho & Hot Pot Vietnamese Restaurant on Park Avenue.
Julie Thach created the dual-menu restaurant – one full serve, with traditional pho dishes – the full bowls of noodles, broth, vegetables and proteins – familiar as a traditional Vietnamese dish. Pho Dac Biet is rice noodle soup with beef meatballs, brisket, tendon, tripe and sliced ribeye. Pho Ga is a chicken equivalent made with chicken meatballs.
One side of the restaurant is fitted with small stoves on each table where diners will prepare their own hot pots – large pots filled with a broth of their choice into which they choose the ingredients, priced separately, to add: meats and seafood, vegetables and herbs. A separate bar full of ingredients will allow each diner to mix their own sauces to top the hot pot.
Summer rolls, egg rolls, the Viet pancakes called Banh Xeo are on the appetizers list.
For lunch, served from 11 a.m., Banh mi – the Vietnamese “sandwich” with barbecue pork or chicken – is served with American chips. Viet fried rice and a lemongrass chicken also are on the lunch menu, but other dishes can be ordered from the main menu.
They’ve been open two months, slowly getting their serving teams in place before they make big opening announcements, Julie Thach said. “We want to give it time so servers are ready for all the customers,” she said.
Her spouse, Hung Thach, is in the kitchen, while she works the front of the house.
White leatherette booths line the room, decorated on one wall with her wedding dress. “That’s so people know we’re really Vietnamese,” she says, laughing.
Pho & Hot Pot Vietnamese
- 826 Park Ave., Lake Park
- 561-842-3443; www.phoandhotpot.com
- Open lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday, from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.