Being an Orange County transplant, one of the things I miss most is good Asian food. Shoot, I can't even cook it without driving all the way down to Irvine to get groceries. So, I was happy to see that there was a token Vietnamese restaurant here in Corona.
Pho Dat features a usual variety of Vietnamese foods, including cold noodle dishes, broken rice dishes, and of course, Pho (noodle soup), hence their restaurant name.
What immediately struck me as I glanced over the menu were the prices. Pretty expensive for a Vietnamese restaurant. However, I was willing to overlook that since it was the only one in town. Although I thought the Pho was not bad, and had a pretty decent flavor, many Westerners I know find their rendition of the soup a bit on the greasy side. This is a personal preference, I think, because pho is intended to have a bit of fat in it. My main complaint, however, is that the broth was not clear, as pho usually is, and although it probably did not detract from the taste, it didn't make a very good presentation, nor did it reflect well on the skill of the chef.
The cold noodles were alright, but nothing to write home about, but the broken rice with barbequed pork was pretty good. Those looking for an authentic three bean drink will not find it here, as this restaurant seems to have sadly gone the direction of many others and uses kidney beans instead of the smaller, red mung beans the original dessert calls for. It's still good, but it wasn't like grandma made. :)
Simply put, there are many other pho restaurants out there better than this one. I highly recommend Pho 54, by the way if you're ever in the Fountain Valley area. Since Pho Dat is the only place that I know of for pho in Corona, it's really hard to say anything too bad about it. This will definitely do for a quick Vietnamese fix, but if you want the really good stuff, I'm afraid you're in for a nice drive to the OC.