Far East Cafe

2501 White Ln Ste D
Bakersfield, CA 93304

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We've been going to this restaurant for over a year now,...

5

We've been going to this restaurant for over a year now, always at lunch time and almost always for their pho (Vietnamese soup). The owner is a hustle-bustle, adorable, fast-talking Asian lady who greets customers, waits the tables, cleans up, runs the cash register, and sometimes sits in the back making egg rolls faster than you'd believe. If you're in the mood for a huge plate of good, basic Chinese food (choice of entree, soup, fried rice, and egg roll) for pretty cheap you won't be disappointed. But it's the pho that really shines here.
For about $6 (small bowl, enough for one moderate appetite) or $7 (huge bowl, enough for two to share or one big appetite) you will be brought a steaming, freshly-made pho with your choice of meats, noodles, and onions combined in a light, delicious broth. I wish I could make broth like this at home! If you're feeling conservative, choose tender slices of beef or chicken in your pho, but if you want something more unusual you can opt for other proteins like the dense, flavorful meatballs (my personal fave), or "tendon" (hmm), or even organ meats like tripe. You'll also get a plate of fresh crispy mung bean sprouts, sliced spicy peppers, and an incredibly delicious kind of Asian basil to sprinkle into your hot soup. Some other Vietnamese pho places give you regular old cilantro on the plate, but at Far East the special basil is a must, and is unlike anything you've tasted before.
Grab a spoon and chopsticks (you will need both), have a bunch of napkins handy (the noodles and other goodies make for a messy meal), and dig in! Perfect for a cold foggy day, or for anytime when you don't want to be hungry again for at least six hours. :) The decor and ambience are not what you go for here--it's the homestyle, hearty, well-priced food.

I have been here now for lunch about a dozen times and highly...

5

I have been here now for lunch about a dozen times and highly recommend it for taste, service and overall value.
The staff is small but mighty and so they have to work hard to keep up at times but overall I give service 5 stars based slightly more on the atmosphere and friendliness than speed. Speed is good though and accuracy with orders or other quality issues have never been a problem.
Prices are very low and the food is great. You get large portions from both the Vietnamese menu as well as the Chinese. I have tried most of the Chinese lunch specials and they are very good. The chow mein type dishes are very good plus you can get another entree and sides with the lunch specials from the Chinese menu. The chow mein on crispy noodles is my favorite from the Chinese menu and I also recommend the KungPao chicken.
The Vietnamese side is even better. I have tried several different pho bowls and they are all excellent. If you have never tried pho and you want to give it a try then this place is great. I highly recommend it. Pho is Vietnamese noodle soup that is served with various types of meat and noodles. You get a large bowl of soup with bean sprouts, jalepenos and basil leaves on the side to throw in as a garnish.

Reviews of Far East Cafe
5
MostlyRussky

We've been going to this restaurant for over a year now, always at lunch time and almost always for their pho (Vietnamese soup). The owner is a hustle-bustle, adorable, fast-talking Asian lady who greets customers, waits the tables, cleans up, runs

5
pstroud2

I have been here now for lunch about a dozen times and highly recommend it for taste, service and overall value.
The staff is small but mighty and so they have to work hard to keep up at times but overall I give service 5 stars based slightly

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