26612 Towne Centre Drive, Ste. BFoothill RanchCA92610
Maison de Pho is owned by a recent Japanese immigrant, located in a food court, and operated entirely by a hired staff of Hondurans. These gents, who told me they were trained in the Vietnamese kitchens of Lake Forest, can wok-toss fried rice like the best of them, with bits of BBQ pork, peas, carrots, Chinese sausage and a calculated amount of shrimp. At the front of the house, the servers are well-versed in what is expected of a Vietnamese restaurant. Bean sprouts and basil automatically arrive as garnish for anyone who orders pho. A thimble of peppered lemon juice is served for those who opt for a plate of the excellent, lightly-battered garlic shrimp. The rest of the menu is indistinguishable from those seen in Little Saigon, and most dishes are executed rather well. The rice plates come complete with cha and BBQ pork that’s actually more preferable than Pho Bo Vang’s. And though the bowls of pho reeks of the unrefined musk of beef and has an excess of noodles, the dish is decent, with cuts of brisket thick enough to pass for a Texas BBQ.
If Little Saigon is to Vietnamese restaurants as LA's seminal Chinatown is to Chinese food, then Lake Forest might be OC's San Gabriel Valley. For a bedroom community with a relatively low Asian population, Lake Forest now has more pho... More »