Looking for the best Restaurant - Vietnamese in San Francisco CA?
Turtle Tower Restaurant can assist you.
When looking in San Francisco, we know there are many local businesses to choose from, we recommend you consider Turtle Tower Restaurant
Hà Nội Style Vietnamese Cuisine
Our gourmet dishes are prepared with love and care to preserve the flavors of Northern Vietnam. We use only fresh free-range chicken, high quality beef, and our noodles are always freshly made. Our soups are served without bean sprouts, basil, and hoisin sauce, as is the Ha Noi tradition.
"On a bustling alley corner in the Tenderloin, Turtle Tower is easily missed – unless you happen to know its chef and owner Steven Nghia Pham, who appears to know everybody walking past. The best way to describe Steven's take on pho is fresh. He buys produce from farmers' markets down the street, free-range chickens, insists the beef be hand sliced and buys noodles made fresh that day. The noodles in your bowl were probably made a mere three hours before you take the first bite.
It takes a confident chef to name his restaurant after Hanoi's famous landmark Thap Rua, or Turtle Tower. Steven says he wanted his customers to know where his restaurant stands among the many pho shops of San Francisco-and his instincts were right.
Turtle Tower's specialty is its broths. Strictly northern-style, the soup comes with no side garnishes or bean sprouts, common accompaniments of Southern and Americanized pho. Steven developed his recipes from the food his mother cooked for him and his siblings, not the recipes his grandfather culled as a gourmet French cuisine chef in Hanoi. The Nghia family has been in the restaurant business since his grandfather opened up a French restaurant in the 1940s, and his brother still runs the family restaurant today where their specialty is the traditional soup and rice dishes that Steven thought would sell in San Francisco when he opened Turtle Tower in 2000.
Turtle Tower's gift to the wide world of pho is in the range of flavors in his broths; no two pho are alike. For a deep, smoky soup, the Pho Tai Lan, stir-fried beef noodle soup, is full of crispy vegetables and beef. The broth of Pho tai nam, rare and well-done beef soup, is gingery with citrus overtones. Pho ga, chicken noodle soup, is light and simple with all sorts of chicken goodies to munch. My lunch buddy and I each got a soup and then split the imperial rolls with vermicelli. This dish is great finger food: wrap noodles and a roll (chock full of mushrooms, carrots, noodles, and crab meat) in a cocoon of lettuce then dip in a vinegar fish sauce.
Space is at a premium; you and your lunch buddy may be seated right next to businessmen slurping pho over the newspaper, so while this may not be the place for a romantic rendezvous, it's great for a quick, cheap, and scrumptious lunch."
[Julie Johnson - SF Station]
Since the opening in 2000, Turtle Tower Restaurant has been trying very hard to bring the best and the most authentic Northern Vietnamese cuisine to our customers. We have been very proud and glad to receive praises from San Francisco Chronicles, SF Station, Chow, Yelp, other websites such as Trip Advisor, Yahoo! Local, and many individual bloggers.
In 2009, Turtle Tower Restaurant was rated The Best of CitySearch 2009 for Vietnamese Food in San Francisco. Also in 2009, our Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup, #9) was selected for 7x7 magazine's The Big Eat SF: 100 Dishes to Try Before You Die.
In 2010, we were very grateful that Turtle Tower Restaurant's Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho Ga, #9) was once again selected for the elite list of 7x7 magazine's The 2010 Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die (February 2010).