Despite the excitement for District One Kitchen & Bar executive chef Khai Vu's next venture at downtown's Juhl residential building, solid details on Le Pho are only just starting to be revealed.
The "Vietnamese Kitchen" will occupy the western corner, right next door to the recently opened cocktail lounge, Classic Jewel. Le Pho's 2,557 square feet of workspace will also include a compact 240 square feet of outdoor seating, featuring views of Bonneville and Third Street and the drive-thru wedding chapel across the street.
Via social media chef Vu has been teasing possible dishes as he preps the menu. Alongside to be expected twists on the traditional pho bowl, already hinted are banh cuon, "steamed rice roll stuffed with ground pork, wood ear mushroom and shallot," banh mi op la, created with a "baguette, pâté, eggs, fresh cut veggies," banh beo, a variety of steamed rice dishes served tapas style and pho ga, a Vietnamese chicken noodle soup.
There is also the the possibility of omelets or soft boiled egg and oxtail rice for breakfast. Opening hours for Le Pho or a confirmed debut date have not been released, but earlier this month it was estimated three more months would be a fair guess.