Au Bon Pho
Of the innumerable Asian spots on Rue au Maire, this dive stands out from its neighbors not only thanks to its scarlet red façade, but mainly – and especially – because it has that little extra something: incredible pho soup that’s worth coming for a seat at one of the waxed wood tables all on its own. The day we went for lunch, after a few rather ordinary spring rolls, the pho-midable smoking hot star of the show made an appearance. What a treat! Strips of beef and beef meatballs with rice noodles in a perfectly spiced broth (star anise, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom), seasoned with scallions, chives and cilantro, and completed by the masterstroke: bone marrow. Magical! And to refresh your palate after this sacred fire: some nice ginger, black sesame, litchi or red bean sorbets. // N.K.
FEELING THIRSTY? Lots of southeast Asian beers: Chang, Singha, Beerlao or Saigon (€3.50 for 330 ml).
PRICE: Mains €8 to €10.50, set menus €12.50 (lunch) and €17.50).