(Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, bali, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571)
My past experiences with Pho in Bali have been utterly disastrous. The place in Canggu almost made me angry at how far from the real-deal their Pho was. Here in Ubud, Pho Hwitta had the highest ratings and some favourable reviews, and after watching a Matty Matheson clip on youtube where he started the show by saying "I could eat Pho every day for breakfast", I got a sudden pang to eat some.
Hobbled onto my scooter, shot through the small town, filled up gas, drove through the Sacred Monkey Forest (little hitlers), and parked outside the shop. Order came pretty fast, service=exemplary as usual.
The first thing that struck me was the murky colour of the broth. Pho is usually almost like a consommé in its clarity, but this was more like a muddled beef stock. Onto the tasting:
- Broth was actually quite decent, looks aside.
- Noodles were fair.
- Beef was acceptable.
- Condiments were appropriate although the basil looked like it died 2 weeks ago.
Overall the best Pho I have eaten in Bali, by a landslide, but thats not really saying much.