I normally would never eat pho anywhere west of Downtown, but we wanted to go somewhere easy and filling after watching X-Men: First Class, and the only person who voiced an opinion about where to go was Mr. TTH himself Justin. And apparently he loves Pho Western. This guy even went by himself one night recently (and he lives near Santa Monica). The only thing I love about Pho Western is the fact that it’s open 24 hours, but so is Pho Citi, and I hate that place with a passion.
In high school, I used to visit these 24 hour, Korean pho places every so often, because of the proximity (I lived near Koreatown) and the hours of operation. They’re cheap, decent places. But to call the bowls these places serve pho is another story. The broth is basically a beef or chicken stock of sorts with maybe a tablespoon of fish sauce at the most. Basically a glorified wonton noodle soup in my opinion. The slices of beef were less than satisfactory, overcooked as well, which means that this is the only time I’ll actually use plum sauce for pho (I usually like to eat it au naturel). However, if I was nearby and not feeling too well, going to Pho Western wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
Chris Hei grade: C
425 S Western Ave, Ste A
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Note: credit Ellen C. of Yelp for the first photo.