Typical Vietnamese setup; though I like the special touch of individually packaged chopsticks. You never know who's dirty hand has grazed the chopsticks if it's not, right?
As usual, a dish of bean sprouts and fresh herbs were delivered right after we ordered. As usual, I don't touch it: had a bad experience at Pho Hoang (Main & 18th) where a server took a dish from another table and served it to a new table.
I ordered the #7 House Special, and added a side of a salad roll.
The noodle soup itself is okay. The broth is not as flavourful as Pho Tan, but it was decent flavour. The meat wasn't raw enough when served, but not overcooked either.
I expected the salad roll to come before the soup, or at least with the soup. It came a while after the soup, but at least I know it's freshly made. The rice paper was nice a moist. The only thing I wished for was more meat spread out, instead of a clump of pork and 1 shrimp. The peanut sauce was also lacking. I've made more flavourful peanut sauces than this. It was like watered down peanut butter. A little Sriracha can make a big difference.
B ordered the #16 Hot & Sour soup. It was not "hot" and he had to add more spice. The seafood was well cooked mostly (except for the squid) and actually pretty good after the addition of a spoonful of chili. There's lots of seafood in this bowl.
Service was friendly. Place was clean. There was a TV playing, but it was at a comfortable volume where it provided some sound but was not blasting.
We may come back after we try out all the other Vietnamese restaurants in the area.