Pho Real offers southeast-Asian cuisine on College Avenue


By Heather Collins

Pho Real is now open at 9611 N. College Ave. The restaurant offers southeast Asian-inspired dishes from Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. It expects to hold a grand opening celebration in a few months.

Aet Ely is the owner of Pho Real, a new restaurant offering dishes from Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. (Submitted photo)

Aet Ely is the owner of Pho Real, a new restaurant offering dishes from Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. (Submitted photo)

Pho Real’s menu features pho – a Vietnamese noodle soup with choice of rare beef, well-done beef, meatballs, chicken or vegetables served with bean sprouts, a lime wedge, jalapeño, basil and traditional aromatics.

“It’s amazing, very, very popular.” said Aet Ely, owner of Pho Real. “It’s a meal in a bowl.”

Ely said the Pho Real environment is fun and cool, and the food is fun to eat. Ely grew up in Southeast Asia and said she wanted the opportunity to share unique cuisine as well as help Indianapolis continue to be a culturally-diverse place for foodies.

“There are the dishes that I grew up eating that my mom made. Anytime that I make it now it makes me feel happy to eat it. It reminds me of my childhood,” Ely said.

House specials include the papaya salad combo, nam khoa, a rice salad with coconut flakes and pork, koa piek, a Loa chicken noodle soup, kapoon, a homemade pork curry coconut soup, and larb, a chicken dish served with fresh herbs, red onion, lime juice, fish sauce and ground red chili on jasmine rice. Menu items include appetizers, house specials, stir-fry noodles, rice dishes and báhn mì sandwiches.  Prices range from $5.25 to $7.95 for appetizers and $7.99 to $14.95 for main dishes. Lunch special are $8.99 and include green curry, red curry, pad thai, pad see ew and woo sen. Beer and wine are available for dine-in.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more, visit

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