A new pho place have appeared in Gyeongridan, and I must say I am totally impressed by their pho to the point that I don’t think I can go to Le Saigon after this. I actually saw this place a several weeks ago, but I thought it was one of those Korean pho chains (Pho Bay and Pho Mein, I’m looking at you), so I kind of avoided it. But then people started to post good things about Pho for You. Even Chuck from Cali Kitchen told me about how their pho is really well made, and that it reminded him of the pho back in the United States. So with my curiosity piqued, I visited the place couple of days ago.
When I first entered the restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised by its size. This place is much larger and spacious than Le Saigon. Seating was aplenty, and they were placed to where it wouldn’t feel cramped if the place was full. The interior decoration was pleasing to look at. I really liked one of its walls with the photos on them. I thought the green colour complemented the place well.
I perused the menus and I saw that they had some appetisers and several different types of beef pho. Some of the options included a combination of meat for those wanting a meatier dish. The pho comes in regular or large sizes, so having the size option is good for those wanting a bit more. They also offer other noodle dishes like pad Thai and fried rice dishes. Their appetisers are priced between 3,000 to 10,000 won, and the prices of the main dishes range between 8,000 to 12,000 won.
For my first visit, I opted for their fresh spring rolls (4 pieces for 3,000 won) and a regular well-done brisket pho (8,000 won). The fresh spring rolls were larger than I expected! Wrapped in rice paper, it was stuffed with lettuce, pickled carrots, onions, and capsicum/bell peppers with bits of baby shrimps. The veggies gave the rolls a good crunch, and it tasted very fresh compared to the fresh rolls I’ve tried elsewhere. This was served with some peanut sauce and fish sauce.
As for their pho — oh, my goodness. I told Chuck that this was like a magical bowl of noodles. The broth is darker than what I’m used to seeing, but it was hearty and flavourful to where I could taste the herbs they used. The noodles they used is on the thin side, and it paired well with the broth. The briskets in the pho didn’t feel dry, and there were onions added to the pho. On the side, they gave sprouts, lime, cilantro, and hot pepper. There is also the options of adding hoisin sauce and/or Sriracha to the pho. I added everything but the peppers and devoured my pho, and I was quite content when I was done. The broth was just so good. Even now, I am thinking of that broth and am wanting another bowl right away!
Overall, this place really impressed me. I’m definitely going to be a regular customer whenever I have a pho craving. I’m really glad they opened up here. Their prices are reasonable, the location is great, and their food is delicious. This is a great addition to the Gyeongridan area.
246-1, Noksapyeong-Daero, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 용산구 녹사평대로 246-1
From Noksapyeong Station, go out of exit 2 and keep going straight until you reach the underpass. Go under, cross, and go out the left exit. Then cross the street in front of GS25 and then head straight towards the pedestrian overpass. Pho for You right next to the stairs side.
3,000 ~ 12,000+ won budget per person