Pho 99 - Highly Recommended
3151 State Highway Rt. 27, South Plainfield, NJ 8823 Phone: 732-821-1828
I have been to this tasty eatery before. So, this hole in the wall restaurant was easy to find. (Just as a point of reference for those familiar with the area, but you have never noticed the restaurant, it is next to the Big Lots! and Hong Kong Supermarket-before it closed down a few months ago.)
We ordered a large A1 (Cha Gio-Vietnamese Egg Rolls), and 2 large P2's (Dac Biet- Combination special bowl containing rice noodles, beef soup, and tender beef slices.). I apologize that I did not remember to take pictures until I finished my meal. But, I did remember to snag the business card and menu for your viewing pleasure.
Back to the meal, we chowed down the egg rolls. Warning: they are not like Chinese egg rolls or spring rolls. These guys are about the size of your pointer, and they contain shrimp, pork, and other ingredients. What gives them my two thumbs up are the facts that you lettuce wrap them and dip them in a fish sauce. An experience that cannot be matched at any other type of Asian restaurant. (I found another blog with pictures on how they are made, link: http://sundaynitedinner.com/vietnamese-crispy-spring-rolls-cha-gio/.) Before I could set my chopsticks down, the waiter dropped off our two P2's. I added the fresh soy bean sprouts, basil, limes, and jalapenos for the healthy and tasty factors of Vietnamese food. I can't tell you how much the steaming hot bowls of goodness made any cold day in NJ feel great. (It was 36 degrees Fahrenheit outside according the temperature in my car.)
Overall, I give the restaurant an 88/100.
Food 9.2/10 – Great Vietnamese food with nothing bad and many great things
Service 8.5/10 – The food came fast, and everybody had a smile. The waiter also had a great black t-shirt saying, "What the Pho?"
Atmosphere 7.5/10 – Nice updated silverware and plates. However, the cups and sauce bowls were still plastic. Very clean and nicer than the majority of places in Chinatown.
Price 9.0/10 – My friend paid for the meal. Total cost $25
Satisfaction 10/10 - It really was a cold day, and the meal warmed my body from the inside out.
If you have never tried Vietnamese before, please start at this place.