If you’re driving down South Seneca, there’s a Vietnamese restaurant you may have passed multiple times without noticing it. That’s because their sign is completely faded out. Pho Lotus has been a long-time dining option on the south side of town. I’ve been a few times over the past year and figured now would be a good time to share a revisited review.
1523 S Seneca St.
Wichita, KS 67213
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Pho Lotus features a menu full of many traditional Vietnamese favorites like pho, bun bo hue, rice dishes, bun rieu and more.
On my most recent visit, I went with a bowl of Pho with all the fixins. The broth at Pho Lotus was much darker than many other places. There was a dark brown, murky appearance to it but nothing that took away from the flavor. It was still rich and hearty. They did a great job of loading the pho with plenty of noodles and all the beef cuts. From a broth standpoint, I’d rank it above average compared to the near 30 options in town.
What I enjoy more at Pho Lotus though is their bún riêu. If you’ve never had it, it’s another popular Vietnamese rice noodle soup flavored with tomatoes, shrimp paste, fish sauce and a meat broth. Some people may be turned off by something with shrimp paste, fish sauce or even tomatoes but not one of those overpowers the other. It’s a good blend of ingredients that compliments each other well. It’s one of those unique flavor profiles that’s definitely worth a try if you’re new to it.
I’ve enjoyed the food at Pho Lotus enough to go back again. While I wouldn’t put them in the top tier of my Vietnamese restaurants, it’s still a worthwhile visit that keeps me satisfied.
Here’s their menu:
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