More Than Amazing Pho

Columns Surf and Turf

September 1, 2013

Story By: Steve Murray | Photos by: Leah Friel

One doesn’t often think of pho as a dish that exudes carnivorous contentment, but that may be because you haven’t stopped by Pho 27, the in-house sister restaurant to Fairwood Drive Inn.

The outstanding and stylish Kaimuki eatery offers unique twists on the traditional and tasty Vietnamese classic by adding Chinese and local elements to the massive bowls of steaming noodles and fresh herbs.

One good example is Chinese Brisket Pho ($11.95). The light and aromatic soup is highlighted by tender beef brisket that adds to the traditional flavor profile.

“These dishes are light and tasty and people really like the combination of flavors,” says owner Tiffany Ko. “People like the stronger flavor that comes from adding the beef and pork to the soup. It really adds something to the light flavor of the pho.”

If stronger flavors are what you seek, Kimchee Pho ($11.95) is worth a try. The pho appears traditional, except for the sides of kimchee and kalbi ribs. Surf and Turf recommends dumping the sides into the bowl to create something even more unique.

Sometimes a protein fiend needs more than one option, this is where Pho Special comes in. Available in three sizes, (medium $9.25, large $9.50 and extra-large $12.25) the pho is loaded with sliced beef, beef balls, beef tenderloin, brisket and tripe. These extras make the meal into a meal, and highlight the value Ko and her staff provide.

One more thing: Pho 27 is not just about pho. The bright and decorative diner offers a ribeye steak dish and a beef liver and bacon dish that should be tried. Also, if someone in your dining party wants pho and you’re craving a loco moco — no problem. The side-by-side arrangement of Pho 27 and Fairwood Drive Inn makes it possible to satisfy both cravings while sharing the same table.

Fairwood Drive-Inn & Pho 27

Kaimuki Shopping Center
3221 Waialae Ave.
Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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