|Overall (based on 6 ratings)
|Broth (flavor, fragrance, clarity)
|Noodles (texture, clumpiness)
|Meat (tenderness, quality)
|Vegetables (variety, freshness)
Chau's is a a nicely decorated, great restaurant for a sit-down Vietnamese dinner. The family that owns the business is friendly and takes time to learn its customers' preferences. The Pho is very good and the dining experience pleasant. A nice place to get away with a friend or take a date. My husband does prefer a greater variety for his Pho (tripe, tendon, etc.)but the beef, tenderloin, shrimp and meatball selections at Chau's are very good and worth the visit.
Maybe it was just a bad batch, but something tasted a bit off about the broth.
I went today, 4-22-09. the place was nice enough inside. I ordered and when I saw what it looked like and smelled like I was sick. The broth had a bad smell and a lot of oil/grease floating in it. The noodles were clumpy. I took one taste and it was disgusting. I told the owner I wasn't used to it and didn't like the taste. He made me pay for it anyway. I asked if I can pay for one since no one ate any of it. He said no. I paid and left with a nasty taste in my mouth. I then went to Pho 501 in East Hartford where the pho is EXCELENTE! Stay away from Chau's Restaurant.
I live in Manchester and I have been here for pho at least 25 times and love it. It's strengths are a nice clean, relaxed and spacious and friendly environment (the opposite of Pho501 which is crowded, cramped, rushed). I trust this place to be clean and honest and that's why they get my business over and over.