In the 10th arrondissement on rue Alexandre Parodi, just around the corner from the canal, a new restaurant façade appeared several months ago. While passing by one day on my way to the market, its menu board made me stop in my tracks: pho was their specialty. I made a plan to go to this restaurant, Kheak & Vero, very soon.
My husband is a big fan of pho. We don’t really know how to pronounce it: in California and New York we heard people say “fuh,” but the waitress at Kheak & Vero says “feu,” like the French word for fire, most likely from pot-au-feu, French beef stew.
For people who don’t know, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup made with rice noodles, thinly sliced beef, basil, coriander, cilantro and mint. Bean sprouts and lime may be served on the side.
When we arrived for dinner one evening, we knew exactly what we would be ordering. The host, probably the owner, smiled warmly and seated us. The décor was simple and modern, the chairs comfortable.
We ordered a shrimp spring roll and a beef spring roll to start, recommended by the waitress, both of which tasted very fresh. We also shared a carafe of organic Bordeaux which was inexpensive yet high quality. Next, the pho was served in giant bowls. I saw all of the ingredients I expected, plus a couple of meat balls. There was also a dish of fish sauce on the side, but no bean sprouts or lime. The soup had a delicious rich flavor. The delicate herbs balanced out the savory broth nicely, and we ate as much as we could from the seemingly bottomless bowls.
For dessert, the coconut sticky rice with fresh mango (riz gluant à la mangue fraiche) is a party for your taste buds. For traditionalists like my husband, the tiramisu hits the spot. Both are under 6 euros.
In addition to presenting a wide variety of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine on the menu, the staff is friendly, the food is authentic and tasty, and the prices are extremely reasonable. Next time a pho craving hits, we are heading to Kheak and Vero. I’d like to try their bo bun as well…
Kheak & Vero
Thai and Vietnamese Restaurant
1 rue Alexandre Parodi 75010
Metro: Louis Blanc
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