Nam An (Kearny Mesa)

Alright, I know what you are thinking…another pho place!? Yes, it is true. Another pho place opened on Convoy. But fear not, this restaurant can make a mean bowl of pho! It just opened in July and we had to go try it for lunch.

As you walk into the place you’ll notice it isn’t very big. Maybe five benches and an open area for about eight other tables. It’s new and the design is modern. Very clean compared to some other pho places I’ve been to so I was skeptical on how good it was. =) There were also three flat screen tv’s with the food channel on. Automatic points right there.

One thing I noticed right away was that there were the buttons that alert the wait staff if you need anything, normally found in Korean restaurants. There were also the regular condiments you find in a Vietnamese restaurant including fish sauce, siracha, hoisin, and hot sauce. Additionally there were the vegetables that came on a separate plate that had bean sprouts, mint leaves, limes, jalepenos, and Thai basil.

Ok onto the pho. The price was in line with normal places ~$6. I got the rare steak and well done brisket. Since my last food adventure fell short on the brisket, I decided to give it another shot here. Good choice! I’d say the brisket was very tender, juicy, and thinly sliced. I think you can guess that I liked it and it tasted yummy. Scores! The rare steak was pretty standard. But the broth was definitely above average. I devoured that broth like no other. It had a full flavor and didn’t seem like they put any msg or too much salt in it. I also didn’t need to add any hoisin or anything else and it was just fine as it was. Lastly, the noodles seem freshly made and were thicker than the normal noodles I’ve gotten before. A welcome change I might say.

This visit warrants a second visit down the road when we are in the area. I hope it sticks around because not only was the pho good and better than average, the restaurant was clean, the staff was nice and attentive, and they gave us free dessert (which I forgot to snap a picture of). It was a hot concoction of tapioca, some sort of seaweed, and peanuts. All in all, an enjoyable experience.

Nam An Vietnamese Restaurant
4690 Convoy St.
Ste 111
San Diego, CA 92111

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About Darren

Fooood! I love it if you can't tell already. I love everything about it. The taste, the smell, the look, the feel, the satisfaction, the gratification, and ultimately: the fun! I've been in San Diego for about 10 years now and it amazes me that there are still places to uncover. Traveling, eating, and taking pictures of food has always been a hobby of mine. So naturally Michael and I thought it made sense to share what we found with all of you. I tend to side with the savory but never shy away from a knock out dessert. If you have a place you think we haven't tried let us know! We're always on the lookout...

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