9021Pho has a super corny name. And oddly enough it only has three stars on Yelp. I was a bit hesitant to go in there because of the three stars but there’s a total desert of good Vietnamese food in the Westlake Village area so I decided to give it a shot. We went there today for lunch and luckily, we were extremely surprised.
30990 Russell Ranch Road
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: (818) 597-1902
I will start off with the one negative is that it was a little more expensive than I would have liked to have paid for lunch with tip it came to $50 for two people for two light entrees and a dessert and each of us had a drink. I did order two Thai iced teas which might have knocked it up a couple of bucks.
On to the food – the important part. The first thing we got was their salmon with star anise and other flavorings in it. Star anise is one of my absolute favorite flavors and I’m constantly surprised that it’s not used more in cooking. I saw it pop up in Peru once and I know it is tucked away in Chinese food as a little hidden scent, but rarely do people use it as a really strong taste.
My favorite place that comes up oddly enough is chicken feet at Red Ace Hotel in Las Vegas. The salmon was absolutely wonderful. I asked them to make it really rare, and it came out just great we both love it. The other food we got was their sweet and sour pho which had shrimp and some kind of a fish in it and I believe it was sole. It was extremely, extremely good one of the things I love they had is the typical Vietnamese sauces they had laid out, but this time it was much higher quality. Usually they’re in old dirty bottles or old dirty canisters that looks like a hundred people touched them.
At this place, everything was scrupulously clean and sanitary. Their hoisin sauce was wonderful. I used lots of it. Their chili sauce was great too. Everything about the food was absolutely wonderful. I can’t imagine why people gave them three stars other than the fact that it is a little more pricey than what you would normally pay for lunch. On the flip side, the decor was great. The place was scrupulously clean and the food was absolutely wonderful.
The waiters also did a great job and the Maître d or whoever he was did come around to check on us a few times also. So as far as service went, they did a great job too.