We arrived on a busy Sunday afternoon but there was a table for two just waiting for us. We started as we often do, with Deep Fried Wonton.
No big surprises here. A decent little pork meatball was tender and not overcooked while the wrapper was crisp. A sweet chilli sauce was served on the side.
Marie had the Pho which was actually quite impressive. Number 36 with brisket tendon and tripe had a decent amount of meat including some very nice tendon pieces. It was a decent rich broth also. The usual sprouts, basil and lime were on the side.
I had the Beef Stew as I often do at Vietnamese restaurants. This one came with rice on the side rather than the pillowy white bun that I had been dreaming of but that's OK. There was a generous amount of beef here but to be honest it was not very tender. Could have used a couple more hours of low and slow.
We also ordered a Bahn Mi to go which I poorly photographed later at home. Here was the pillowy bun that I had been dreaming of complete with a slightly toasted and crunchy crust. Again they were generous with the beef and lovely crunchy pickled vegetables. I feel like Pink Lotus is a family run place (although I didn't ask). They were very nice folks and look after their customers.
For what it's worth, we give Pink Lotus 3 1/2 out of 5.