photo credit: Justin Namon
MiMo’s Phuc Yea isn’t a place you want to dine solo or come with someone who only wants a bao bun and a green tea. This is a place you should come with people who are down to drink cocktails and split an absurdly large bowl of pho with you.
The restaurant works best for big, hungry groups. Very large portions aside, Phuc Yea has the kind of atmosphere perfect for a dinner with multiple friends where you get drunker than you originally planned. It looks like the part of a restaurant normal people aren’t allowed into—a dim bunker that’s only accessible if you pull a specific book off a shelf. Luckily it does not feel that way. The service is always friendly, and despite the secluded feel, it’s generally full of laid-back people who aren’t concerned TMZ might be waiting to ambush them outside.
photo credit: Justin Namon
The food here is solid, but just don’t expect traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The menu is very fusion-y and heavily influenced by Latin dishes, like a masitas de puerco tossed with nuoc cham and lemongrass chili (which is tasty). Yes, they have pho—but typically only one version that is the size of Lake Okeechobee and requires at least two people to consume. Even the summer rolls are thick enough to fill you up before the bigger entrees arrive. So take your date elsewhere and save this place for when you have some backup.
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