Restaurant Spotlight of the Week: Pho Cyclo

April 2, 2009 12:22 AM0 comments

For patrons craving cheap, authentic Southeast Asian cuisine, Pho Cyclo has been serving up a variety of dishes from traditional pho soups to fried rice platters since 2005 in the Yorktown Shopping Center.905spotlight.jpg

A quirky-looking Buddha statue welcomes diners entering the restaurant. Cream colored walls paired with the décor create a Zen-like atmosphere, and images of swirling suns and rolling waves etched on tables lined against the walls add to the calming ambiance.
The tight knit space of the dining area combined with the dim lighting makes it perfect for an intimate outing or a meal with close friends.
However, during the warmer months, customers can enjoy their meals on the spacious outdoor patio. Lights adorning the walls projecting star-like patterns and the one-bladed fans add to the restaurant’s alluring decor. A variety of plants and beckoning cat statues sit atop a desk near the back of the restaurant.
Deep fried and delectable, the crispy rolls ($3.75) are an excellent appetizer, filled with pork, egg, carrots, onions and taros wrapped rice paper. They are served with a spicy dipping sauce.
Cho Lon soup ($7.50) is a perfect addition for anyone looking to warm up – and fill up – on a cold day. Slices of barbecue pork, ground pork, bacon, black tiger shrimp and rice noodles in chicken stock are served steaming in a deep dish.
Pho Cyclo’s array of pho soups offers diners vegetarian options, as well. Bun Chay ($7.95), the vegetarian pho choice, combines lightly sauteed tofu with crisp broccoli, snow peas, nappa, carrots and onions atop vermicelli rice noodles and more fresh vegetables.
A medley of complementary flavors make the Chicken and Grilled Shrimp entrée ($9.75) a scrumptious option. Slices of lemongrass chicken and black tiger shrimp are bedded atop thin vermicelli rice noodles, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers, scallions and radish tossed in a lemon fish sauce. This flavorful pho dish is simply refreshing and highly recommended.
The Chicken Fried Rice platter ($8.50) is a meal fit for anyone with a healthy appetite. A mountain of rice combined with slices of chicken, eggs, carrots, green beans, scallions and topped with cilantro fill the square plate. With such generous portions, it’s hard to have room for anything else.
A chilled glass of Thai iced tea topped off this delicious meal. Sweet milk and Thai tea are blended in a tall glass for a unique, cool look and taste.
Without making a dent in your wallet, Pho Cyclo also offers daily lunch specials, like the Pho Cyclo Soup and Spring Rolls for only $9.95 that runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and dinner specials, where patrons receive 10 percent off their dinner bill of $20 or more.
The accommodating staff made sure the food was to our liking, and even gave us suggestions on what to try. Generous portions at a great price makes Pho Cyclo a top bet for reliable pho at a reasonable price.

Pho Cyclo
8102 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA
703-573-2210 • www.phocyclo.us
Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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