We went to Phobidden Fruit for dinner on a Sunday night. It might be a great place for non vegetarians, but for vegetarians, the options are pretty limited.
Ambience: Cozy. The restaurant has a ground and an upper level. The stairs leading to the upper level are somewhat narrow but I guess that's no big deal. The decor was simple and unassuming.
Food: We ordered the Mekong Momos, Jasmine hot tea and the Green Papaya Salad to start things off. They also had some complimentary pickled radishes and carrots which were pretty good.
The Green Papaya salad was fresh and tasted very good. I usually don't like papaya but this was a treat! The papaya and the cabbage were crisp. The dressing consisted of soy sauce, (probably) palm sugar and sesame oil and it went well with the salad, although there was too much dressing. The peanuts added a good textural element to the dish. The addition of Thai basil took the dish to another level. A must try, in our opinion.
The momos were average. The dough overpowered the filling, which connsisted mainly of mushrooms. I was hoping for some cabbage/spinach, which is what i'm used to, along with mushrooms. But the flavor of the dough overpowered the entire dish. The peanut/sriracha dip served with it was also not that good. Overall, an average dish.
The tea was hot and refreshing but I was hoping it'd be bottomless and poured out of a kettle (traditional). but instead, it was limited and was given in a glass cup.
For the main course, we ordered the Veg Pho and the Banh Mi.
The Pho looked really fresh but the broth was underseasoned. There was virtually no salt and we didn't detect any hint of ginger and/or cinnamon, which is the hallmark of an authentic broth. The noodles however, were done perfectly. The garnishes (basil, sprouts, Sriracha and black dip) were served alongside and the added extra crunch and freshness to the dish. There could have been more vegetables in the dish as well. Just 3 pieces of carrots, two pieces of broccoli and 4 small cubes of tofu isn't exactly 'loaded with vegetables'.
The Banh Mi was not impressive. The bread was cold and very hard to chew into. The stuffing inside had potatoes with something similar to mayonnaise, and a hint of spinach leaves. The mayonnaise made it somewhat heavy and its flavor overpowered everything else. It tasted just like any other sandwich.
We'd give the food 3.0 out of 5 JUST for that salad. Otherwise, it is certainly a 2.5.
Service: It took nearly 15 mins. for the momos to arrive. At the end of our dinner, we were given the wrong check, which I wouldn't have minded paying because our actual bill was a lot higher ;) But jokes apart, the service is average. Neither great nor poor.
Price: It cost us Rs. 900 for the meal, which is a wee bit on the steeper side, given we didn't have any dessert.
Bottom line: A good place to hook up once but I don't think I'm going here again, even though I've heard great things about their vegetable rolls. For folks who don't like greasy food, this is a terrific option and we'd certainly recommend that. Except the salad, the dishes lacked flavor and punch. If it weren't for that wonderful green papaya salad, this place would have been average. That salad, for us, puts this place slightly above average.