Pho Basil Leaf, the long-awaited Vietnamese restaurant on Main Street, finally opened last night.  Here’s a contributed posting from a friend who enjoyed lunch there today and posted a review at

“This is the brand new Vietnamese restaurant right on Main Street in Seal Beach.  It brings additional cultural flavor (no pun intended) to the neighborhood.  After you’ve enjoyed the Irish pubs, fish and chips, burritos, Italian deli, and steak, Pho (pronounced like “fa” as in “ma loves fa”).

The service was friendly and attentive in a smaller dining area.  There is sufficient room for about 12 tables.  I have been craving pho for some time now and I was not disappointed.  I ordered the beef pho and it was delicious.  

Since it only opened last night, there was a lot of local curiousity about the restaurant.  All of the tables were occupied when we walked in shortly after 12:30pm.  Hopefully this restaurant will be here a long time.

How does it compare to other Pho restaurants?  We used to enjoy An’s in Sunset Beach ( it unfortunately closed in 2008 ) and Basil Leaf is comparable.  We’ve tried several Pho places in the Westminster area and I would say this one was better than what I’ve experienced there.  For me it is difficult to rate a Pho restaurant because noodles are noodles and there’s not a lot of variation.  The beef was of good quality and the broth was tasty so I am giving Basil Leaf  the four stars.”

— contributed

P.S. There were a number of passersby that looked at the menu posted on the store window.  I think people will enjoy this restaurant.