Angelina’s Pho & Grill Bar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABo Bites here!  I’m a local foodie in the city of Phoenix, Arizona.  My writings include musical lyrics from popular songs along with my food reviews.  I recently received my gold badge from Yelp and I write for a local cultural website called AZCulture -www.azculture.com.  Here are my current favorite places to bring my dates.  Hope find them just as romantic and fun!

Angelina’s Pho & Grill Bar

5350 W. Bell Rd Glendale, AZ 85308 Angelina's is probably one of the best Americanize modern Vietnamese fusion restaurant I've experienced in the Phoenix valley! I generally don't venture around on the Westside much so I had to Yelp around for a restaurant and found this little gem! The decors are definitely Asian inspired and is a mix of all the major Asian cultures; Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean....etc. A full bar with Sake, Sochu, and draft beer was apparent; totally dig the imports! I sat at the bar stool since I was solo. I had fun just reading the menu to see all fusion mix, but settled for the Beef Tartare and the Snow Crab Udon Noodle Soup. The Chef came out to great me asking my nationality; as first I was confused, but later he explained that most Vietnamese guest that come in expect a certain type of Tartare, but his culinary education was French inspired so it was different. I told him I don't have a preference and I only appreciate good food. The Tartare was served like a raw hamburger patty with some Shrimp chips and some well-seasoned roasted mushrooms. The capers atop provided a sour pungent bite as I spread the Tartare on top of the chips which of course gave it a crunchy texture to every piece I ate. Overall, I enjoyed it very much! The Snow Crab Udon noodle was next and this for me was another exploration dish. The broth was extra thick like egg drop soup. The beef was well infused in the broth giving it that extra flavorful taste while the udon noodles was slippery and slurpee making it a perfect noodle meal! The chef came out with some house made hot sauce which added to make dish giving it a spicy punch! I only added a little since I enjoy spicy, but not too much and boy was that sauce spicy!IMG_8163 Overall, service was great and food was tops. The chef and staff provided me with extra attention maybe because I looked Vietnamese and I'm sure they were wondering what I would think. I'm not picky nor would I ever complain about "hey this ain't like mom's cooking"! Cause in the end, it isn't mom's cooking and it will never be, but expect to venture out of your comfort zone and be open minded! - Enjoy!

Author: Chau Pham

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