Last minute invitations often result in accidental food discoveries. Last night a friend asked me to join her for dinner, which turned out to be the "soft opening" of a new restaurant in her downtown neighborhood. As City of Ate reported back in January, the creator of Steel is bringing a Vietnamese concept to Downtown Dallas - and it's finally ready to open. Pho Colonial will open its doors Wednesday, August 3.[jump]
Pho Colonial has been open in Far North Dallas for a while now, and should be a welcome addition to downtown's lunch scene. Of course there's several pho options, but the extensive menu goes much further, featuring Bánh Mì, Bún, and a variety of spring rolls - and that's just scratching the surface. Pho Colonial will also offer limited alcohol service, including beer, wine, champagne, and sake.
After chatting with the staff and some of the crew, everybody seems eager to bring Saigon-style faire to Main Street. Sounds like they've got all the bases covered for their new downtown digs: dine-in, walk-up window for takeout, delivery -- and, if you're hesitant to go downtown because of the parking, fear not. Pho Colonial will offer valet service at night.
The web site is down right now, but here's their press release:
Pho Colonial Authentic Vietnamese Diner is set to debut August 3rdin The Wilson Building at Stanley Marcus Square. The newest concept by restaurateur Khanh Dao, Pho Colonial focuses on the freshest ingredients available in signature Vietnamese dishes to create a palette of flavors reflective of Vietnam's rich culinary heritage and influences.
"Our location downtown will differ slightly from our North Dallas location," says Khanh, Pho Colonial founder, creator and Chief Pho Taste Maker. "The Wilson Building will offer dine-in, take-out (walkup window) and delivery service in addition to having a selection of pre-made Bánh Mì sandwiches and fresh Vietnamese salads available for the Professionals' On the Go, or just poolside snacking. There will be valet parking available in the evenings as well as bike parking stands and scooter friendly spaces."
Casual and affordable, Pho Colonial's Master Chef, Phat Tran's menu includes a selection of Saigon style Pho, traditional Vietnamese noodle soup served with fresh vegetables and herbs for garnishing to taste, Bánh Mì, fresh French baguette sandwiches with choice of grilled meats or house-made goose-liver pate, Bún, rice vermicelli noodle with choice of grilled meats as well as Small Bites including Chef's crafted dumplings, Beef Citrus Carpaccio, Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce and Chefs' Specials Bo Luc Lac (Shaken Beef tenderloin cubes) and Sate Chili Shrimp.
Pho Colonial in the historic Wilson Building at Stanley Marcus Square located on Ervay Street (between Main and Elm) with physical address at 1623 Main Street, Suite 102, 214-748-0746, 214-812-9655 fax. Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-1am (dining room open till 11pm and walkup takeout till 1am). Valet parking after 6pm available on Ervay Street.