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PHO 533

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PHO 533
1775 East Palm Canyon Drive Suite 625
Palm Springs, CA 92264
United States
Palm Springs
760-778-6595 (Main Phone)
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It’s not Italian or Chinese, Thai or Mexican and you’re not going to find any fried, fast food served at Palm Spring’s first authentic Vietnamese cuisine restaurant, PHO 533, located conveniently in "Restaurant Row" at the Smoketree Village Shopping Center.

The oldest daughter in a family of 14 who fled Communist occupied South Vietnam in the mid 1970’s with little more than the shirts on their backs, Anh is no stranger to dedication and hard work. She’s also pretty darn talented in the kitchen; after all, she’s been helping her mother prepare the traditional cuisine since she was 8 years of age.

The Vietnamese style predominately makes use of fish and oyster sauces, rice and rice noodles, a diverse range of herbs such as fresh mint, lemongrass, and Thai basil leaves, as well as many fruits and vegetables and select variations of pork, beef, seafood and chicken. Since the country was colonized by the French from 1858-1954 you’ll notice their influence on many of the menu items. Also, if you’re good, Anh might even whip up a few delightfully fresh creme puffs for dessert. In any case you’ll find the menu bursting with fresh, savory and healthy dishes.

Many crucial components can be overlooked when building a successful restaurant, but not here. All the dishes are prepared ONLY when they’re ordered using fresh, wholesome and healthy ingredients with preparation starting early in the morning hours. The restaurant doesn’t even own a microwave and unlike many "traditional" dishes found on the menu in other locations around town, none of the dishes are fried or expensive. PHO 533 sports a reasonably priced and impressive wine list offering mostly California vineyard choices by the glass or bottle which are perfect for enjoying a few laughs with friends and family or relaxing in the classy atmosphere.
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