MadRobin (4) Silver Spring, | April 10, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
You could drive by this place a hundred times and not give it a second glance. Pho Aura appears to be an unassuming storefront Vietnamese restaurant in a suburban strip mall. Walking inside you discover a charming, tastefully decorated space with tables and linens that belie its humble exterior. The food here is varied and excellent. The menu offers choices not found in other local Vietnamese restaurants. At first, the beer list looks humble--just the usual Asian macros. Then you notice the menu insert proudly listing a dozen or so top Belgian beers, some of which can be hard to find anywhere in the DC area. Pho Aura has by far the best selection of Belgian beers in the Centreville/Chantilly area. Definitely not I was expecting when I walked into a Vietnamese restaurant. All beers at Pho Aura are in bottles. Ask for them to pour the beer at your table if you want to look at the bottle.