"That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David ThoreauI've been going to a lot of expensive restaurants. It takes a few splurges to get me through the Prague winter and other dark things going on lately.
Don't get me wrong. I eat plenty of cheap stuff, too. I'm the guy who reviewed the sausages on Wenceslas Square and lived to tell the tale. I'm the guy who writes about the burgers.
I love an inexpensive and tasty meal as much or more than anyone. So the lines out the door at the little Vietnamese spot, Tuan & Lan Pho Vietnam, did not escape my notice.
The couple Tran Anh Tuan a Giap Thi Lan opened the eatery near the Jiřího z Poděbrad metro stop in the summer of 2011.
write up in a Czech newspaper said they ran restaurants in Vietnam and only came to the Czech Republic in 2008.
They don't have full restaurant permits, so it's basically a take out place with a few tables where you can stand and eat.
Don't know what to order? The menu is on the walls with pictures and descriptions in Czech and English.
The noodles are pretty bland by themselves, but a shot of chili sauce and maybe some lemon cures that. The key for me was to mix everything together, especially the pickled stuff.
Then I tried the fresh (unfried) spring rolls. The best for me was the shrimp, pork, and egg (30 CZK).
I got the beef spring roll (30 CZK).
I got an order of nem lui to take with me (35 CZK).
Finally, I had the classic Vietnamese soup, pho bo (79 CZK).
While I would knock Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan for a lack of consistency, I would also applaud them for value and quality when they get it right. I would spend around 150 CZK and walk out with enough food for two meals.
I found more pleasures there than in many more expensive restaurants, so I'll be back. As I discovered, the more I ate, the richer I got.
Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan
Prague 2- Vinohrady
Tel. (+420) 774 167 786