Pho has always been a comfort food for me and LD. The piping hot beef broth, with silky rice noodle and sliced beef, just cuddle our taste buds and satisfy our hunger perfectly. We found Signs A Taste of Vietnam Pho (‘SP’) when we were googling for Pho places around the city area.
Located at B2 Orchard Gateway, there was not much foot traffic passing by the store over the weekend. However, SP is still full of diners. Luckily, the turnover is very fast and we were seated in less than 15 minutes.
Once we submitted our order, the food comes in less than 5 minutes. Fresh Spring Rolls – Pork with Prawn ($6, 2 rolls). Also known as rice paper roll, it is plump and packed with fresh ingredients. You got lettuce, carrot, cucumber, thin rice noodle, boiled pork and boiled prawn. The unassuming peanut sauce is tasty and packed a spicy kick. Yum
I ordered Beef Feast Combo Pho Bo ($10). The meat includes sliced beef ribeye, brisket, tendon and lean sliced beef. The sliced beef is tender and succulent, while the brisket and tendon cooked just right making it, soft yet bouncy. The rice noodle is smooth and silky, swimming in the clear looking robust beef broth. It reminds me of the home-cooked Pho we tried previously, instead of the usual restaurant version.
LD ordered Sliced Beef Ribeye + Balls Pho Bo ($10). The sliced beef ribeye and sliced lean beef are also tender and succulent. The meatball is alive and bouncy. LD drops one of the beef balls and it was bouncing on the table and to the floor like a ping pong. Luckily, I manage to scoop it up before someone stepped on it.
The décor of SP is open and filled with simple dining tables and chairs. The place is painted in bright orange and decorated with Vietnamese lantern lights and Vietnamese paintings. The service is friendly and efficient. The owner and service staffs have hearing disabilities; therefore, they communicate in Sign Language and writing. This is probably how the name of the store come about.
Overall, SP delivers comforting Vietnamese food with a taste of home. The Pho is delicious and we did not feel any MSG attack after our meal. We will return to visit when we are around the city next time and also try their Banh Mi. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25
Signs A Taste of Vietnam Pho
277 Orchard Road
#B2-15, Orchard Gateway
T: +65 8685 4838
Mon – Sat: 11.00 – 20.30
Closed on Sunday