(Jl. Raya Puputan, Sumerta Kelod, Denpasar Tim)
Literally a few hours ago on Bittermanreviews I was waxing critical about the severe lack of decent Pho in Bali. I had set out to hit up a Ramen spot around the corner from my hotel, but ended up wasting my 20 minute walk because it was closed on Tuesdays. I then decided to head to the mall to stock up on some red wine for later, and as I was passing the supermarket I noticed a small Vietnamese Pho place tucked in the corner. Curiosity got the better of me, and thank God it did.
I skimmed through the first page which introduced the restaurant and had some story about an immigrant moving to Australia from Ho Chi Minh and starting there, thus ending up becoming a chain. Now, in most European countries Chain Restaurants are usually met with scorn, but in Asia (and specifically in Vietnam + Japan) a lot of the best Ramen + Pho come from places with multiple branches, so it's nothing to scoff at.
I ordered the regular Beef Pho with meatballs (which arrived later, hence are not in the photo), and first of all sipped the broth before adding anything to it. Totally decent. Good background notes, nothing too overpowering. The noodles were fair, the condiments all in their place, the beef a tad on the chewy side, meatballs good and the little jar of chilli sauce they had on the side was excellent.
Overall the best Pho I have had in Bali, and even beats a few places in Vietnam too.