The menu looks clean and elegant, has a lot of varieties including specialty noodles and rice. We placed order for a grilled shrimp garden rolls for appetizer. It was delivered rather quickly but just tasted okay. The only difference was the shrimp was grilled instead of 'cocktailed', but there weren't enough shrimp for you to taste the difference anyway. On the other hand, I do love all their white plates and bowls though, they make the food seem more sophisticated.
|Pho Nom Nom Menu|
|grilled shrimp garden roll appetizer|
Then we proceeded to order our noodles soups. They have 3 sizes for pho, regular, large, and super large. He was not hungry enough to venture to the super large size, so he merely ordered a large. Now I wonder how big the super large will look like... I order the regular sized special spicy beef with noodles.
|large pho, usual #1 with everything|
|spicy beef noodle soup|
The verdict is in, the pho was just okay. It is probably comparable to pho 95 in terms of flavor or lack there-of. But it definitely tasted more healthy than Pho Nam (less MSG?). So if you're opting for a healthier version, this wouldn't be a bad choice. Pho Nam still wins in the volume of toppings and meats as well though. In addition, I think Saigon Deli in Germantown makes better and more flavorful spicy beef noodles (S4 on their menu) than Pho Nom Nom. Again, maybe this is the 'healthy' light salt version, but I'd definitely pick Saigon Deli over Pho Nom Nom if spicy beef noodle soup is what I'm going for.
So overall, Pho Nom Nom wins in cleanliness, service, and overall elegance in decor. But as far as the food goes, it's merely just mediocre....and it will end up to be a bit more pricey than Pho Nam for sure.
FoodiePop's rating: 3/5
Pho Nom Nom
842 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852