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***** New Ca Mau Restaurant is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, based on 138 reviews!

  • *****

    Hands down the best bun bo hue in the Bay Area. The broth is consistent every time I come here and the flavors are balanced so perfectly. Beefy, with an intense burst of lemongrass with just a bit of fishy flavor from the shrimp paste. Bun bo hue is one of my favorite if not my most favorite Vietnamese dish and this place has the best bun bo hue I've ever had. The restaurant is literally a hole in the wall but I don't care, I've been coming here for years and it's almost embarrassing that they know my order as soon as I walk in

  • *****

    Everything I order is good.

  • *****

    Definitely try #7 Bun Bo Hue, spicy Vietnamese noodle soup!

  • *****

    Nice place to eat great food, Love number 49 on the menu Porkchop rice salad and a fried egg in Thai ice tea ??

  • *****

    Good place for a bowl of pho with friends. Fast service.

  • *****

    First meal when I landed in San Jose. Little hole in the wall spot with all the Vietnamese uncles lmao. Needed my bbh fix so I ordered the large dac biet bun bo hue. Was not disappointed

  • *****

    This place has the best BBH in California! Service is not the best, but It's the best BBH besides my own. Pho and rice plates are also good

  • *****

    My favorite Bun Bo Hue place to go. They have a vegan menu too! I enjoy the bean dessert too

  • *****

    Since the old Ca Mau closed in Downtown San Jose I made best with what my options are such as BBH Milpitas BBH Anh Nam and such... I tried New Ca Mau and although it wasn't like their old downtown location it was very good & still a great bowl or BBH

    I'll come back for sure!!

  • *****

    Simply put, this is the best place for Bn B Hu! Everything else served here is mediocre.

  • *****

    This place is a small little shop behind the gas station known for their Bun Bo Hue. The service was very quick and the food came out 5 minutes within ordering. I ordered the Bun Bo Hue with Beef only and boy did it have A LOT OF BEEF! There was so much beef that every time I use the chopsticks to pick up noodles, a piece of beef would get caught in it. The broth is also deep in flavor and had a good spice level. One tip is so try replacing the Bun (regular white noodles) with Mi (yellow egg noodles). I personally prefer that noodle with this dish over bun.

  • *****

    Another Vietnamese Bun Bo Hue place, which was originated from the SJ downtown one. Taste is more like the old one, when compared to the south SJ location.

  • *****

    Bun Bo Hue is very nice... very yummy... just, the place itself is too hot...

  • *****

    This is THE place for Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle soup)

    Don't bother ordering pho because you don't come to a place like this and not order what they are known and exist for. And I've actually seen them run out of pho on two occasions I've been here and I have to say it's quite funny. And I can't comment on whether or not pho is good or bad here, it's just pho is pho, basically the same anywhere you go.

    They must have gotten used to me here because before when I would ask for shrimp paste, and make the gesture as though I'm holding a jar, they come out with only one spoonful and I would need to send them back for more. Now when I go here, they know to bring me the entire jar of shrimp paste.

  • *****

    Mean ass bun bo hue!

    I used to work at this furniture store and we would get bun bo hue there at least once a week. It has all the ingredients that you would find in a bowl of authentic bowl of bun bo hue. Including pork blood, yes, I said pork blood. Other items that I order are the New York steak with red rice, and the 3 color bean dessert.

    The people here are actually pretty nice, and they actually serve you with a smile. Nice place to eat out for lunch or dinner.

  • *****

    I finally got a chance to try. A few yelpers recommended this other place but I had to come here to taste for myself. If there is a dying chance that this Ca Mau is a resurrected restaurant related to original Ca Mau on 4th St in SJ. College memories are too special to be shattered by just a few reviews. And besides, it's a walking 3 block away from my brother's house. How convenient is that?

    The verdict: I really liked the Bun Bo Hue. It wasn't the best ever but the flavor was still really good. But I think also my taste buds have changed as I'm not as into this dish being all fire spicy taste anymore. I like the boldness of other flavors other than just the spicy. I didn't drink the soup like fish as I used to. But in the process I think I was able to avoid MSG overload found in most Vietnamese soup noodle dishes. For non-msg eaters, i would recommend you stay away from all Vietnamese noodle places. It's for your own good. Plus, I don't care to hear you complain about it afterward. MSG is expected at these fine establish. Pls no whiners

    Another surprise was a beef steak, eggroll, broken noodles, and veggies salad. It's really refreshing and the perfect for a hot day. Try it.

    The experience was good: 3.5 star.
    Reviving my hopes for the Ca Mau Bun Bo Hue experience: .5 star

  • *****

    The first time I ate at the restaurant, it was to fulfill my Bun Bo Hue craving with a coworker around 5 in the evening only to have our hopes crushed because they RAN OUT?! OMG... um, isn't that the specialty item of the menu, what the restaurant is known for? We settled for Bun Thit Nuong, which was ok, considering that wasn't what we came there for. But I came back again, and thank goodness they had Bun Bo. YUM! I like that it's close to home, I don't have to drive all the way out to Story Rd to get some Bun Bo, and they make really good spring rolls too!

  • *****

    We've been going to the New Ca Mau for the last six month. If you go there, order the bun bo hue. If you don't like bun bo hue (spicy broth with noodle as mentioned below), then I'm not sure what you should order since that is the only thing we get... and you'll also notice that is practically the only thing everyone else gets as well!

  • *****

    The rice dish with the chicken roti kicks ass.

  • *****

    5 stars for Bun Bo Hue. THANK YOU Yelpers for finding this place - I thought they were gone and to be reunited...tears of joy!

    This place is hard to find because it's hidden behind 7/11 so not visible from the street. That explains how we went on Lafayette in both directions and not finding the place...thank goodness I got their number handy.

    We had expected a line for lunch but were happy and concerned when we walked in - there were only 3 tables. The place is clean and spacious and plenty cool - there were ceiling fans and a portable A/C. A large flat screen TV is on w/ Vietnamese programs atop a portable fireplace.

    Of course, I ordered my beloved bun bo hue (EXTRA spicy!). Hubby decided to try something else (forgot what it's called) but it has similar ingredients (pork feet, ground pork, pork blood, pork slices) with clear broth and clear thick noodles. The broth is very tasty with a very distinct flavor although we can't quite figured out what it was...it was so good that hubby almost finished the broth and he's NOT a broth person.

    Now my bun bo hue - first spoonful of the broth was what I had been searching for...so tasty. There are 3 sizes to choose from - S, L & XL. I ordered the L and it was more than I should have eaten but heck, I cleaned the bowl! Plenty ingredients - slice of boneless pork feet w/ skin (love the skin!), pieces of pork blood, beef tendons, fatty flanks...just delicious! They did pretty well on the EXTRA spicy BUT take note folks, the hot sauce they have on each table is nearly the same (has a slight scent of lemon grass) so you can just pile it on to your own taste - I did! Damn, it was good!

    My tummy was full and warm and SO satisfied :)

  • *****

    The other reviews are right on: this place is for Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle soup). I brought my vietnamese friend here, and he said it was the best Bun Bo Hue he's had.

    I haven't tried the other items on the menu.

  • *****

    Looove the BBH (Bun Bo Hue)! I come here for lunch with my coworkers almost every week. Some of them are seriously addicted to BBH. The seafood pho and catfish stew are also very good. The service is fast, but I miss the lady who could understand more English!

  • *****

    see my other review about the original ca mau. yelp.com/biz/LKcmi0wcSxU

    I glad there is a bun bo hue place in santa clara. We don't get much authentic Vietnamese food up here. But authentic is very subjective to who you ask. Like my parents for example. haha.

  • *****

    The Bun Bo Hue here is better than the An Nam version because they included the pork shoulders in the dish, which was what I grew up eating.

    Spicy, salty, savory, redolent of lemongrass, chili peppers, fish sauce/fermented shrimp paste, the broth is perfect on a chilly December evening. The chiffonaded banana flowers, bean sprouts, and mint added a crisp green taste, countering the spices in the soup. And there was a nice balance of meat and noodle.

    I used to be a regular at the old Ca Mau in downtown San Jose in 2000-2001. Then they closed and moved further south and I was heartbroken. To find the New Ca Mau closer to where I live is a great blessing, especially in the winter.

  • *****

    I had to try this place based on the reviews of my fellow yelpers.
    So I took my wife and newborn son last week.
    I ordered the Small #16 with a deep fried quail and 2 beers.
    Right On. Never had Bun Bo Hue before.
    This soup hit the spot. (cold and rainy day)
    Full of noodles and meat with a spicy broth. could of done with out the fish ball and blood sausage but I think it kinda give it unique flavor and aroma.
    I told the owner It kinda reminds me of pozole but better.I don't think he understood me so I gave him a thumbs up ,he smiled and replied It's my best seller.
    Now I can see why,I think next time I'll order the large

  • *****

    This place has very good Bun Bo Hue. I like it better than the Bun Bo Hue An Nam place, the broth is better here in my opinion. I like to ask them for some shrimp paste because I don't think they put enough of that in. The shrimp paste makes it even better.

    If you order anything other than the BBH, then you're going to have a longer wait. Their other dishes are actually pretty good too, such as the Cambodian Noodle. But whenver I come here, I have a really hard time getting anything other than the Bun Bo Hue. This restaurant is not the same as the original Ca Mau that is on White Road. I actually think that this one is a little better.

  • *****

    On my way to work, I've passed by this restaurant so many times. I always new that it was a Vietnamese Restaurant. I just never had the courage to stop off to check it out. A month ago I decided to Yelp it and see what my fellow reviewers had to say.

    I was surprised that it got such great reviews. Judging by its exterior, I really didn't think that it could be any good.

    I convinced one of my co workers to go eat their with me. We ordered the special, one spicy, and one not so spicy for me.

    The bowl came out piping hot with a plate of fresh veggies. It was good. I ate the whole thing. It was so good I even splattered the broth all over my clothes. I went back to work still thinking about the food.

    The cost is pretty cheap its about $20 for two people. This includes two small bowls, two beverages, and tip.

  • *****

    The Bun Bo Hue here is very good, it is the only thing I've ever ordered here...it's my 2nd favorite, after Bun Bo Hue An Nam.

    Location is a very small hole in the wall (used to be in downtown SJ couple years ago) on a secluded street.

    Parking is very very bad if coming for lunch on a weekday. Be sure to come before noon to beat the lunch rush.

  • *****

    This place is in an odd plaza behind the 7-11 but it's around the corner from Rivermark. The Bun Bo Hue is definitely way better than Bun Bo Hue An Nam but I still haven't found any restaurant that makes Bun Bo like my mom does. My mom's homemade broth is more red and tasty. I'd definitely choose this place over An Nam. That place is always packed and the last time I went there I wasn't impressed at all. I think they are so busy now they don't bother with quality anymore.

  • *****

    Wow, this place is really tucked away deep in the heart of industrial San Jose. I swear, if I hadn't mapped out the directions beforehand, I would have just driven right past it. I bet even if I'd realized I'd gone too far and had U-turned to find it, I still would have driven past it. It's hidden behind a 7-Eleven, and it's part of a small, non-descript strip mall.

    I must admit, their bun bo hue is really fantastic. Bun bo hue is a Vietnamese spicy beef noodle soup. The soup is addictively spicy, and though it's still not as good as what I crave when I'm away from Houston for too long, it will definitely help stave my longing for good bun bo hue when I'm here in San Jose. I ordered a large one for 7.95, and it was a decent sized bowl. They even brought out more noodles upon my friend's request, which was nice of them.

    Definitely come here with a Vietnamese speaker if you can. It'll get you better service, and ordering wouldn't be such an awkward situation. It's got the mom-and-pop vibe to it, with a couple of half-hearted attempts at decorations and "cooldom" with a large flat-screen TV showing CNN. However, the staff were friendly enough, so I'm sure you can make do with gestures and smiles. :-)

  • *****

    THIS IS BY FAR,THE BEST BUN BO HUE EVERRR!!!!

    i love this place since my bf introduced me to it! i'm not even vietnamese and i crave for bun bo hue atleast once a week or every other week. its not in the best area, but i'm not gonna complain. this place is the best to come eat bun bo hue in the area. i think its worth the extra mile drive if u are in the mood for some yummy spicy noodle soup! like my bf says, "muuuummmm, this hit the spot baby!" haha. he comes out with a smiley face on his face... & his tummy! lol.

  • *****

    Update: I tried the house special pho tonight (minus the beef tendon) and it was really good too, and there was plenty of it (bigger bowl than the other dish.) This may well end up being a regular place for me, although I have not yet tried it at lunch when it may be more crowded (actually I hope it is, because it's been pretty empty the two times I've come for dinner.)

  • *****

    Pretty much my perfect Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall. While the restaurant itself it located in a strange little strip mall in an odd part of Santa Clara, it is worth the drive. The atmosphere inside is friendly and you can tell that the other patrons are return customers. The broth on the ph is the amongst the best I have had - dark, flavorful, and hot. The meat was all very tasty and the rare beef came out nice and pink in the middle. The fried spring (Imperial) rolls were medium-sized, meaty, and not greasy. And, a requirement for all good ph places, the prices were extremely low. This is going to become a regular place for me, and I look forward to trying many of the other dishes from the menu.

  • *****

    I have been on a constant quest for the best bun bo hue anywhere. I've been to Little Saigon in Westminster to places in Oakland, San Jose and Norcal (probably tried 40 plus places that server bbh). Although I've never found a place as good as the original Ca Mau in downtown San Jose that closed years ago this is a close as authentic great tasting Bun Bo Hue that I've found. I go hear at least once a week and the thing I love about it is they have all the goodies, including pork blood, feet, and extra spicy soup. This place is the bomb. The bun thit nuong (vermicelli and bbq pork) isn't that bad either.

  • *****

    I was craving some bun, and New Ca Mau hit the spot, pleasantly and surprisingly. I did NOT have the Bun Bo Hue so I wasn't sure how the other food would be. The Bun Thit Nuong (#12 on the menu included in the pics here) was really tasty. The pork was incredibly well seasoned, and the fried egg rolls were spot-on - a real throwback to my trip to Vietnam this summer. And the spring rolls (goi cuon #2) were complete yum. Although there's no ambiance, and I was mildly afraid stepping out of my car in the dark, I would definitely go again.

    Oh, and a side note - the prices have increased from the menu in the pic here. My Bun was $8.50, and the Spring Rolls were $4.50.

  • *****

    This is my favorite Bun Bo Hue place. I think I like it more than my mom's cooking hehe

  • *****

    i'm feeling a little under the weather, so we went to New Ca Mau for some soup. I ordered the Bun Bo Hue and Che 3 mau. The soup hit the spot! it was delicious. It reminded me of my mothers BBH! I could just smell the lemon grass through my stuffed nose. I was eating so fast that my white sweater had orange/red splashes everywhere. I would definitely go again.

  • *****

    Ate some Bun Bo Hue, it was good just like the one on the east side.

  • *****

    If you walk into a restaurant and notice that 80% of the people have the same dish, you know that's what you have to order.

    New Ca Mau is known for their Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle) and that's what I get here every time. The soup is flavorful and spicy. You can really taste the lemongrass and beef and the spice is just enough to kick you in the back of the throat. It's not heat, it's spice, so it does not really linger. The noodles are also perfectly al dente every time. I've never had over or undercooked noodles.

    Service is OK. They do things assembly style, so you, along with 4 other tables, will all get water at the same time. If you missed the water disbursement, sorry, you're going to have to wait awhile. Also, don't expect them to take many special requests - unless you want to add an egg to your dish. :)

    The decor leaves much to be desired, but we're talking typical Asian restaurant. Prices are a little pricey for Vietnamese noodles ($7.25 for "medium" bowl, trust me, it's small. X-large is your typical pho-sized bowl). If you're here during lunch time, get here by 11:45 or after 1:00 as there's usually a line by noon, consisting of the silicon valley IT crowd.

    Overall, the Bun Bo Hue here is consistent. I would recommend it if you ever want a good, spicy bowl of piping hot beef noodle soup.

  • *****

    Since i am very allergic to MSG or bot ngot in vietnamese, it always is a hassel to find a vietnamese/chinese restaurant that doesn't add a whole lot of MSG in their cooking. This place, by far is on the top of my list for safe eating out. Their soup is quite good, too as comparing to the other popular bun bo hue places in and around san jose.

  • *****

    I never knew about this place till Cindi took Badri and I before the SF YEE. The dish I had was pretty good. The vermicelli with pork and shrimp. It looked so pretty when it came out. Yes I took a photo. It is a hole in the wall place but the food is not bad. I do plan to come back and check it out during lunch.

  • *****

    Very surprised to see any negative reviews for this place. Girlfriend and I went. She got the Korean ribs with eggs. I got the #32 or 33. It was the one with the beef rolls. Really good vietnamese food. Haven't tried to pho but the rice plates we had were great.

  • *****

    Had a strong craving for pho while I was at work, so I yelped pho restaurants that are close to my work. I went here on my lunch break with my boyfriend and the service was pretty good. It was kinda getting packed when I got there, but I told the guy that I only have 30 minutes for my lunch break so I needed my food really quick. I thought he was gonna be an a** about it too, but he was very considerate.

    I ordered the #74...its the combo special...and they had our food out in less than 5 minutes. The broth here is good. I guess the only thing I didn't like about my meal was that there was hella fat in it.

    Oh yeah, there's a $15 minimum if you plan on using your card. So if you're planning on eating alone or someone else, you better have cash! But the guy was so nice to me that he didn't apply that rule to me.

    I love hole in the wall restaurants, and I gotta admit, they had pretty good pho. I have yet to try the rice dishes that seem very popular at this restaurant.

  • *****

    This restaurant gets really crowded during lunch time, people seem to like this place a lot. They have a variety of rice dishes and noodle soups. Love their Bon Bo Hue!

    They do take credit cards if your bill is over certain amount ($15 I believe).

  • *****

    If you want really good bun bo hue, you should pay this place a visit.
    I've been here countless times had pho, bun bo hue, and was never let down.
    I recommend this to anyone

  • *****

    I'm not surprised this place only got three stars. It's filthy looking and in the middle of nowhere.

    Honestly, this place isn't bad. I got bun rieu here and it tasted just like my mom's (maybe a little bit better, but don't tell her). If you're Vietnamese, they serve a lot of the foods your grandma would make, so it's definitely in the "authentic" category.

    I really hate the location, though. I got lost trying to get here from Sunnyvale more than one occasion to meet up friends on our lunch hour. The parking lot only accommodates seven or so cars. Good luck trying to find parking if you're here during lunchtime.

    Note: They only accept debit/credit if you're charging over fifteen dollars.

  • *****

    My mom and I stopped here for lunch today. She had bun bo hue and I had a rice plate with pork, shredded pork, egg, and a salad. My mom even knew that the restaurant was known for it's bun bo hue. My pork chop was pretty good, too. The pork was tender and not overcooked.

    I tried to order an iced Vietnamese coffee in a to go cup, but the waitress obviously preferred speaking Vietnamese so she turned to my mom and took our orders in her native tongue.

    The outside of the restaurant might steer you away (because it looks a little shady), but they serve good authentic Vietnamese food here. There is very little waiter service, so just beware.

  • *****

    bun bu hue is awesome! pretty spicy even for someone like me.

  • *****

    I'm only basing my review on the bun bo hue. I found out about this place from one of my vietnamese coworkers. bun bo hue is the only thing I'll order here. don't bother with the other items. if my vietnamese coworkers say it's not good, then it's not good.

    their bun bo hue is definitely spicy and comes with slices of pork meats, pig's blood, pig's feet (kinda small), and noodles in a spicy soup. it definitely hits the spot on a cold rainy day.

    maybe I'll try their other items someday. I said maybe... =)

  • *****

    As good as it gets!!! Tucked in a small little plaza next to a laundry place and behind 7-11 you will find this gem! I would never expect to drive by here and think about trying this place but i was on a hunt to find the best BBH and yelp was there to assist me.

    The bf and I were in Milpitas and I yelped the nearest BBH joint since SJ was close by. New Cau Mau.. so is this another chain of the famous Ca Mau in SJ?

    We came in on a random afternoon and we were the only ones in there besides the owner. They have 3 different sizes of bowls. Med. L and XL. I got the med while the bf had the lg. It came out piping hot and filled to the top. WOW i was impressed, they even have the banana blossom! There was plenty of meat, beef shank, pig's feet, cha lua (Vietnamese steamed pork loaf), huyet (Vietnamese pig's blood) you name it, its in there. The broth was just on point, no need to add more chili or fish sauce.

    We devoured the bowl like as if we haven't eaten in days.. the size was just enough for the both of us. I think i found my favorite place of BBH and can you believe it's not in SJ?!

  • *****

    This is where I go to get my bun bo hue fix. The other bun bo hue joint I go to is in East San Jose which is too far of a drive.

    While I'm no bun bo hue connoisseur, their bun bo hue is really good. Just sitting here thinking about it makes me want to go get a bowl. It is spicy.. and it seems that some days my bun bo hue is spicier than other days. It comes with the usual fixings of pork, noodles, etc..

    I'm not one who can eat large portions but I would definitely suggest getting the Large size bun bo hue as the regular size wasn't filling enough.

  • *****

    I'm not sure this is quite four stars, but better than 3 stars.

    The location isn't great, but i really enjoy the food here. The vermicelli bowls (Bun) are about average size, but the grilled pork is well prepared and the egg rolls are very tasty as well. As far as the Bun goes, it's probably about the best i've had...and working with a lot of vietnamese people, i'm constantly eating a lot of great vietnamese food...so take it for what it's worth.

    They have some special plates that have a whole bunch of stuff that i've never heard of or seen that were really good, but i usually stick with my usual Bun #8.

    The owner knows who we are and we always get good service. They also have the standard dishes like Bun Bo Hue and Pho, but it's never cold enough for me to order those dishes when i'm there, so i'll cross that bridge when i get there and share more on my findings at a later time.

    Happy Eating!

  • *****

    I love this place! The bbh is to die for. I moved to AZ and am craving it. Hopefully Yelp can help me find a good on in Chandler. It is in an odd location but it is well known. Good luck finding parking during the lunch hour.

  • *****

    My coworkers took me here for the Bun Bo Hue. They love it here, and I gotta say... it's pretty good. I've had it a few time here and i love it. one note though... this is the only place I've had Bun Bo Hue... so I have nothing to compare it to. I usually have to get the XL size to fill me up and it gets a little pricey at that point. ~$12. again.. nothing really to compare it to so... is that a good deal? Is that expensive? I don't know.

    This place is a little divey and the location isn't that great.

    It's not quite a 4 star place... more like a 3.5. Either way... I'm coming back for more.

  • *****

    This place I actually stumbled onto by accident. Me and my GF just wanted to grab a bite and didnt want to rive that far to we just said "eh, that one is ok...i guess". Boy we we suprised. If you go, order the Korean BBQ ribs plate. They give you a bunch of ribs, you def get your moneys worth, and not only that they take the time to cut off all the bones and fat to just leave you the meat. The meal was for lack of a better work, Perfect.

    And they have a HUGE tv playing CNN so that is def a plus :)

  • *****

    4 stars purely for the BBH. A place you should definitely not judge by it's cover.

    Just get your ass in there, order a bowl of BBH ( they have options of what meat to exclude), and ENJOY!

    The bowl is bountiful with meat and noodles. The soup is comparable to Bun Bo Hue An Nam , it is packed with flavor with the perfect amount of kick, not kick you in the groin spicy.

    And unlike Bun Bo Hue Thien An, the soup here doesn't knock you out cold ( no MSG overload).

  • *****

    I've been coming here for a few years and it's one of my favorite places for Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Beef Noodle Soup). They're not stingy on the veggies and you can ask for shrimp paste if you like it that way. It is a bit on the spicy side, so if you can't hang then ask for less spice. Portions are great, even the small size fills me up.

    Other items I occasionally order:
    Seafood stir fry: enjoyed
    Vietnamese Iced Coffee: keeps me awake
    Che Ba Mau (3 colored dessert): not too shabby, but I've been so full everytime I eat there I never make it to dessert

    This is a no frills, hole in the wall restaurant. YUM :)

  • *****

    Yes, I have only had the Bun Bo Hue here because of fellow Yelpers' reviews. And yes, it is very good.

    The restaurant is in a very lowly plaza between a 7-11 and a Shell gas station. But, if you can get into the parking lot (very small), then, there is a treat waiting for you.

    The Bun Ho Hue, spicy rice noodles, is served with a combination of pork sausages, beef, beef tendon, cured pig's blood, lots of cilantro, spring onions and red onions. Oder it as spicy as you can stand! You can order different sizes too depending on your state of mind or stomach.

    Go and enjoy.

  • *****

    After countless trips to pump gas at the closeby gas station...and countless trips to neighbor, 7-eleven...i decided to take a peek at New Ca Mau..and actually step in and make a to-go order....I can't believe this hidden place of goodness is so close to my house!

    All the ladies were in the kitchen and nobody was dining when I came. I was greeted right away though and handed a menu.
    I didn't feel like eating anything heavy so i decided to just order a couple of items.
    I got the Spring Rolls, and Fried Shrimp Cake.
    The Spring Rolls were ordinary, i guess. But the peanut sauce.... was Yuuuuum!!!!
    The Fried Shrimp Cake was very tasty and good. But really oily. Okay..maybe that's a given, because it's fried....But still...it was glittering in oil, i had to pat it down and squeeze it with a paper towel.

    I can't wait to come back here and order either a rice plate or one of those salivating vermicelli bowls on the menu...

    and as that happens, expect an Update... =)

    *Don't expect anything fancy when you come to try this place. It looks old and kind of dim. Credit cards are accepted over $15.

  • *****

    Bun Bo Hue still good, but rest of the dishes are only ok....

    Shredded pork and egg roll vermicelli - egg roll is pretty crispy and tasty; shredded pork was only ok

    shredded pork, sausages, steam egg rice - the rice is the special broken rice, sausages were good; shredded portk and steam egg were only ok

    For a hole in the wall kind of place, the menu is not that cheap

  • *****

    The bun bo hue here is good. I come here sometimes for lunch or get to go and eat it at work. The staff here is nice and they haven't said anything mean to my face about my horrible Vietnamese speaking skills. I've also tried the bo luc lac too. I have to say it's not bad here either. I do prefer my mother's more but what can I say. The rice that comes with it is pretty tasty.

  • *****

    Pho is so great for a rainy day. Its something you crave and just hits the spot. This place is close to my house so its super convenient to just drop by and order takeout. Its super quick so I don't have to call in my order.

    I've never seen this place super busy so its never a wait. They have a big screen TV in the corner of the restaurant and its usually playing some sports game.

    I've had the spring rolls which is with shrimp and pork and its tightly rolled which is great. The peanut sauce with fresh peanuts and chili sauce they have on the side is so yummy.

    I've also had the egg roll and grilled pork vermicelli and the beef ball and rare steak pho its such a huge portion for cheapness.

    Side note- you can only use your card for 15 bucks and more so be safe and use cash.

  • *****

    Having recently come to this part of Santa Clara, I was seeking a local Vietnamese restaurant, where the food is delicious and take out is convenient. After reading Monica F.'s review, I had to visit and partake in their pho. They do a great job of it, as well as the other entrees. As Monica mentioned, the location is so non-descript, that most people would miss it, unless they were looking specifically for it.
    The owner is very courteous, and the food is excellent. Everytime I have picked up take-out, it has been consistent. I will continue to purchase from New Ca Mau.

  • *****

    I am extremely picky when it comes to having a delicious bowl of bun bo hue. I've tried bun bo hue from all walks of life around the bay area and even though An Nam's bun bo hue tastes pretty good, I'd say Ca Mau's bun bo hue is PERFECT. It is very similar to how it's traditionally made in Viet Nam. I am taking my buddies to Ca Mau for dinner tonight and I know for sure that they will be satisfied. I thank my culinary chef friend for introducing me to this place as he is very picky with his selections as well.

  • *****

    Fresh, yummy food and quick service. Only downside was nasty bathroom.

  • *****

    This pho is awesome. I've been here a couple of times. Authentic chunks of meat, really flavorful broth!, fresh fixings. Appetizers are really tasty and filling. This place is a lot better (and cheaper) than some of the other places in the area. Go here instead of there.

    Pros: The food!

    Cons: Parking really sucks!

    Bottom Line: Get there early to get a good parking and go here often.

  • *****

    bun bo hue(L) was great!
    i called for large.... but it seems like its the same as the small size.
    there was a moment where i was about to choke because its kinda spicy. big windows and a sony TV for people to watch football etc.
    i would come back to this restaurant,

  • *****

    If you like Bun Bo Hue, go to New Ca Mau.

    The Bun Bo Hue is the best I've ever had and I've had quite a few bowls of Bun Bo Hue. Unlike a lot of other places, their beef is sliced thin and very tender. Their broth was flavorful, spicy and bright red, which is what I like to see. It was so spicy for me that I had a runny nose and was sweating just a bit.

    There prices are a bit on the high side for a Vietnamese place (~$8.25 for a Large and ~$11.25 for an XL), but I really do not mind paying a little more for something that is worth the money.

    I came here on a Saturday night so there was very little people so I cannot speak firsthand for how their service is during the weekdays or how crowded it gets, but I did hear that the weekday lunch crowd can get pretty big.

    The restaurant is small and located in an unusual area, but I am definitely coming here again for their Bun Bo Hue.

  • *****

    I live very close by and I've been here about 10-20 times now. I'm Vietnamese and am familiar with it's food and how to cook it. Their bum bo hue is pretty good. it's not as good as ang nam, but for the money it's better. you get more volume of food. The Large bowl is good enough for me and the XL might as well be a challenge.

    Their com tam is pretty good. During lunch they can be very crowded, but for dinner time it's instant seating and the food comes quick.

  • *****

    I haven't been here in years, 6 to be exact. I forgot this place was right by my place but I am glad I remember now. I went here on a wet day, perfect for Bun Bo Hue. I only get BBH here and it's definitely one of the best. My Khe and Bun Bo Hue An Nam are my other favorites for this spicy pork soup but this place is much closer to where I live so I'll be frequenting here more often. My boyfriend ordered the Com Tam (rice plates) and he said it was great. I love the Tau Hau Ky (fried shrimp roll). They have great sinh to (Vietnamese shakes) which you should try. I love the avocado one.

  • *****

    You got to come here for the bun Bo Hue. It is one of the best. That is all I order every time I come here. Have not try anything else on their menu.

    Came here on a weekday for lunch. Boy are they busy!!! You have to come early because their parking is very tiny. There are more parking across the street but small walking distance.

  • *****

    The bun bo hue was good, but the bun tom & thit was only as good as the tables and floor were not greasy. Friendly service and of course cheap.

  • *****

    I was craving Bun Thit Nhung for dinner and found this place on Yelp. I got here at 9:00pm near closing time and they still let us in and were very polite when they waited for our orders. They didn't hover around our table impatiently waiting for us to leave so they could close up shop.

    The restaurant itself was dingy and sticky like every other Vietnamese restaurant in existence, but the food was good. I ordered some Bo Luc Lac and Bun Thit Nhung and both of the dishes hit the spot. The food is generic and nothing stands out, but this place is perfect if you are craving Vietnamese food for a cheap price.

  • *****

    I came here today with a co-worker. She's been here a couple times and she recommends this place. We got here around 11:30 and this place was already packed. Luckily there were a couple of tables open. They were pretty busy that they didn't even give us menus. We already knew what we wanted.

    We both got bun bo hue and an ice coffee. The food came out pretty fast. The bun bo hue was really good. You can tell the soup has been simmering for a long time . You can taste all the juices from the bones and I'm sure there is no MSG used which is a PLUS for any restaurant. It took them over 15 minutes to get us our coffees. The coffee came out very watered down. It was not good at all. However, I will come back again for the bun bo hue for lunch but I will not order the coffee again. Remember to get here early! You'll be waiting outside if you come at 12.

  • *****

    Went here for lunch today... it's your typical Vietnamese restaurant... cheap, quick, and dirty! Just the way I like it! I ordered the Korean BBQ ribs (I know, it's a Vietnamese restaurant, but I was craving BBQ beef and thought I'd give it a try) and the friend got BBH - extra spicy! Can't complain about the rice plate because I wasn't expecting much, but daayyyyannnng, my friends BBH was spicy and it was DANG good!

    Definitely got to keep this place in mind for lunch in the near future.

  • *****

    Bon bu hue is excellent. I would say at that price is worth more than ah nam (which is a bit on the high side considering the small portion)

    place kinda cramp, but the good thing is this place accept credit card payment.

    my friend order some kind of stir fry clam with curry powder, eaten with this black and white crackers. Kinda good.

    Anyway i will be back

    For lunch time, parking is terrible if not the worst if you coming late

  • *****

    Quick friendly service. Check. Good variety on menu. Check. Authentic vietnamese dishes Check. Affrordable. Check. Substitute upon request. Check. There's my 5 star rating right there! Appetizers we ordered an order of summer rolls with shrimp but instead of the pork (we don't eat pork) we asked for chicken and they kindly subbed it for us.
    I ordered the sautd onions rolled with beef over rice noodles on bed of shredded romaine lettuce drizzles with fish sauce. Yum!! Beef marinated to perfection. My fianc ordered his favorite viet dish... Broken rice with side of korean BBQ ribs and sunny side up eggs. The ribs had virtually no fat on it like some places do. Just mouth watering slices of meat. Side of pickled shredded carrots and cucumbers and iceberg lettuce. Also came with a little bowl of chicken broth
    Would come back here if we re in Santa Clara. We were staying at the Avatar hotel few miles down so it was super convenient for us vs hving to drive up to Story road in San Jose where the rest of the authentic viet food can be found.

  • *****

    Came here on Sunday night around 5:30pm and the restaurant was empty. I ordered 7a - Bun Bo Hue without blood and pork legs. My friend ordered the pork chop broken rice (over $12). My BBH is excellent. Soup is tasty with plenty of meat. The pork chop broken rice is ok but we will not order it again. Dat Thanh on Tully is still the best in broken rice. Will definitely come back again for BBH. Note that menu is not cheap. The server is not very attentive. I waited for a while for ice-water refill.

  • *****

    As far as location is concerned, this is about as hole-in-the-wall as it gets. This mom-and-pop shop has the best pho. Casual but friendly, their beef
    pho, chicken pho, and bun bo hue are superb.

    And if you want your check cashed while you do laundry, fill up the car, and grab your weekly lotto tickets, those businesses are just a hop, skip, and jump away.

  • *****

    The Bun Bo Hue was excellent but the wait staff sucks...

  • *****

    Lunch partner: "Where do you want to eat?"

    Me: "Come on"

    LP: No, where do you want to eat?

    Me: "Come on"

    "You had better tell me where you want to eat, or it's going to be the company cafeteria again." I could feel an argument brewing , so I gave it a little nasal twang, added some international flair, and finally it came out...

    "Ca Mau. No, make it NEW Ca Mau". Whew...escaped the company cafeteria once more.

    New Ca Mau is a real hidden gem, so hidden that you have to look past the industrial buildings, past the gas station, and past the hobo who just hitched a ride from Kansas City on the train. And once you do find it, you'll be greeted with an extensive menu of rice plates, soups, and other things I didn't recognize, but I'm sure are equally good.

    Go straight for the specialty, the spicy Bun Bo Hue, and thank me later. Come on...I know you can do it.

  • *****

    If you are a Menudo fan the House Bowl is off the hook! The broth is spicy... pick your noodle and enjoy the tripe, blood sausage and other goodies in this bowl. This is not your typical bowl of Pho. Try the Fried Eggrolls served with mint and lettuce. Fresh cooking at it's best. Of course there is some traditional vietnamese fare. A great place for the adventourous eater. At lunchtime the place fills up fast. I've gotten some great orders to go home at the end of the day. Whatta grat place to eat!

  • *****

    A little hole in the wall place but the menu was pretty extensive. They have the thick round rice noodle which I haven't had since I was in Yunnan, China. The food is pretty authentic. You got to look pass the location and the appearance of the place and get yourself a delicious authentic Vietnamese meal.

    A lot of people talked about the Bun Bo Hue and it is delicious. However, I do want to advise those who are not into "exotic"/really authentic food. This noodle soup isn't for those who only had Pho and thinking it's just spicy pho. the Bun Bo Hue is a lot more than that. It has a lot of fish sauce infused in its soup, it is spicy, and it contain ingredient like pig blood cake and pig knuckle and all other bits of meat that you wouldn't normally get in a regular Pho.

  • *****

    You know the bun bo hue is AS GOOD AS IT GETS when:

    (1) I drove close to 90 miles roundtrip to satisfy my craving;

    (a) Said craving was not a pregnancy (read: irrational/hormonal) craving;

    (b) Said roundtrip was repeated the next day to satisfy the repeated craving; and

    (2) I seriously contemplated becoming bulimic just so I could have it again in the same sitting;

    (a) Said contemplator does not have and has never had an eating disorder;

    (b) Said contemplated bulimia would have involved actions said contemplator disapproves of nor knows how to engage in; and

    (3) I tipped $20 for a $7 dish;

    (a) Said tipper has never tipped 280% for food and services prior;

    (b) Said Jackson was among many other smaller bills in said tipper's wallet which would have allowed for other tip amounts.

  • *****

    Like their spicy noodle soup! usually I order #7c which is spicy noodle soup with beef only. My coworkers like the 7a that comes with pig blood.

    This place started getting crowded around 12pm.. it's better to get there a bit earlier if you go with a group. Ambiance wise, it's just like regular vietnamese pho places.. not fancy but good enough. =)

  • *****

    I guess it can't be said enough about New Ca Mau...BUN BO HUE rules the day!

    This is the classic small Vietnamese restaurant...meaning it is in a run down strip mall with limited parking in a "Not So Good" section of town but is always packed out the door. So if it is not the area or the decor it has to be the food that keeps this place rocking. Nuff said!

    Cheers!

  • *****

    One of the best Bun Bo Hue place, I'm a Bun Bo Hue addict, I try it everywhere I go, get the everything Bun Bo Hue...
    place could use some clean up.....they do take cards, if you spend more than $15....

  • *****

    The only dish here that I get is their Bun Bo Hue and I've tried many other Bun Bo Hue from other places and this still beats all the others I've tasted. The broth is so multidimensional. So many flavors at the same time and none of it is competing. In some other places, you can taste flavor, but you can also tell that the majority is salt or sugar or other flavors you know you can taste more than the rest, but not at this place. All the flavors are mixed so well together that it's just amazing. The sweetness, sourness, salt, spicy and all the flavors of the herbs and broth they use.. mmmm it's just wonderful and I want a bowl of it right now as I write this.

    I've tried their other dishes before and their clay pot and red rice and cubed filet mignon is really good too. The Pho here isn't that great however. But this place is really known for the their Bun Bo Hue, so if you're a fan of this dish, you really gotta try it.

    Service is really friendly and fast as well. This place isn't very fancy looking and it's not exactly a 5 star atmosphere. It's really almost a hole in the wall kind of place in a not so great neighborhood but the food is really good, and it's always packed during lunch hours.

  • *****

    Really good Veggie Noodle Soup! I had the Vegetable Bun Bo Hue and it had lots of noodles, tofu, and mushrooms in it! Very flavorful broth and huge portions. I was only able to eat about 1/2 the bowl. Will definitely be going back!

    Ambiance is definitely not the best, (located in a pretty ghetto strip mall looking place behind a gas station) but if you're looking for some good, authentic Vietnamese food, this is the place to go! You just need to know what you're signing up for.

  • *****

    this is my second favorite place for bun bo hue, and the only other place i've been to that does this dish justice. they also have a really good hu tieu (shallot based rice noodle soup). been here so many times the owners and staff recognize me. they are very friendly and hardworking despite the place being packed during work lunch hours.

  • *****

    I went here for lunch around 11:50, and there were 3 parties waiting. I was seated within 10 minutes, and the food came out in less than 5 minutes after I ordered. The basic pho I ordered was delicious, the noodles cooked right, and the Thai tea was decent as well. I'll be coming back to try other dishes!

  • *****

    This is the go to place for one of my favorite BBH= Bun Bo Hue!

    Came here for Thursday lunch club that my friend and I organized for the past few weeks. We went through a phase where we were destined to find the best BBH in the bay area. We went through a few before landing here.

    I would have to give it to them for offering a variety of dishes to meet our ever so changing palates in the South Bay. But they are known for the spicy beef noodle soup aka BBH. Their BBH is so yummy that you have to order a large..at least I do. It is fulled of flavors and the richness of the broth makes it that much good. The noodles are very fresh as if they made them right there. With the right consistency to absorb the best part...the broth.

    I enjoyed their condiments to help savored the flavor all together. It is the kind of soup that you need as much vegetables. I myself will drench as much been sprouts and mint leaves to bring out the flavor. Just writing this is making me drool for some.

    An overall great place for Bun Bo Hue. No ambience or service is included.

  • *****

    Just have lunch at this place.Packed at lunch time,not many parking. BBH was very good. see almost 50% people order the same dish. Have not try other dish on the menu. I will go back and try it on next visit. It would be nice if there is hot fresh chili (small vietnam chili) available with the fresh vegy...... The VN ice coffee is so so. I have better.! would recomending to my family and friends. A bit pricy on the menu. But good taste ....

  • *****

    When I sat down, I was surrounded by 4 tables: front, back, left right. Here are what they ordered:

    Front: BBH.
    Back: BBH.
    Left: BBH.
    Right: BBH.

    So of course, I ordered the Broken Rice with Grilled Pork and Eggs (Com Tam Suon Nuong Trung Op La) cos that's how I roll.

    The dish is delicious, very yummy. It also comes with a small bowl of soup on the side. Sometimes I sleep on my bed and dream of that tiny bowl of soup. That's how delicious that bowl of soup is.

    I frequent this place 4 days a week, same rice dish every time. Best place for Viet food near Mission College.

  • *****

    BEST BUN BO HUE EVER!
    I don't care what anyone else says.
    This is not only the best bun bo hue in Northern California. It is the best in all of California. It is the best bun bo hue I have ever had!

    I am a big fan of bun bo hue, and have searched in every city in which I have lived and visited for good bun bo hue. I will see that San Jose is the best, because it is blessed with both New Camau and Annam, but I think that New Camau is still my favorite by more than just a little bit.

    The key for me in getting good bun bo hue is getting it later in the day, when the broth has had time to fully evolve. So, yes, if you go before noon, it can be variable, but by 5 PM it is nothing short of heaven for less than $10 a bowl.

    Service is reasonable, though it is actually good if you don't come at the jam packed lunch hour.

    Also very good...
    Roast quail (Chim cut roti), Shaken Beef (Bo Luc Lac)

  • *****

    Come early for lunch as it gets busy. Close to high tech company for a quick bun bo hue fix. When I come to this place, the only dish I order is their bun bo hue. Everything else, I do not recommend. Decent price, close to my work, and good bun bo hue.

  • *****

    A hole in the wall restaurant literally but if you're looking for a authentic Vietnamese restaurant without going down to San Jose for, this place is it.

    Portions are decent and prices are reasonable. A good friend brought me here because she worked in the area and highly recommended it. The serve just about anything you can think of with the exception of some specialty dishes that I won't get into. I had the Bun Bo Hue which is the spicy beef noodles Hue style. This is probably their signature dish as I'm told. They made it just right so that it caters to everyone's taste not being too overly spicy as some other places. I'm a bit of a connoisseur as this is my specialty dish to make at home as well so I wish they used a bit more shrimp paste and the pig trotters could've been a bit more tender. It could've been just one of those off days.

    The Che (dessert) is also good, had a cup to go. Will probably be back again.

  • *****

    This is my go to place for bun. I always get the #10, BBQ pork with egg rolls over vermicelli. The BBQ pork is made unique here, it's slice pork but rolled up and very full flavored. Underneath the vermicelli is fresh lettuce and cucumber strands sliced thin. It is very refreshing and goes well with the dish. I've tried the bun bo hue, but it's too spicy for my taste and the broth tastes somewhat "fishy" with a blood like scent. I've also tried the rice plates, but they use broken rice and I like my rice long grain. I'm just gonna stick with #10 here at Ca Mau!

  • *****

    I had the Bun Bo Hue a few times. Didn't taste so great before. However, they have improved and it does taste a lot better now. The only problem is the portion. It's so little. Always had to order the large. Service is okay. This place is a little cramped. They put too many tables in a tiny place.

  • *****

    Pretty good bbh. It's not spicy but it's very flavorful.
    Spring rolls are fresh and tasty.
    The imperial rolls are also good.

  • *****

    I had heard so much about this place that we absolutely had to check it out. We ordered some take out on a Friday night from here and so glad we did. The catfish and rice was out of this world! Husband got the lemongrass chicken with rice which was also pretty delicious. But if you love fish, order the catfish and you won't be disappointed. It isn't one of those places where you can sit and enjoy a meal so I recommend getting take out. Also, it gets terribly busy around lunch time.

  • *****

    This is the place I go for a quick lunch during work hours. What do I get #7 large. Bon bo hue :-) It's not the best bo bon hue I've had in South Bay, but it's my 2nd fav. The meat, tendons, blood, cooked with flavor and not too rubbery or dry. The noodles not to soggy. And who can forget the broth. Flavorful and just the right amount of heat. The peppers/chili seemed partially cooked in the broth instead of just floating on top like some of the other places I've tried.

    I've also tried the porridge there as well. Steaming hot when delivered to my table, and cooked with such flavor. What I love about the porridge is that the rice isn't so soggy and the meat mixed well in the bowl. Everything just complemented each other nicely.

    Totally legit place for a good lunch break. FYI. no credit cards under $15.

  • *****

    I was not a Vietnamese food or cilantro fan before accompanying a Vietnamese coworker to The New Camau Restaurant for lunch. It's not the fanciest of places but I now love Vietnamese food and I especially love the little bowl of cilantro soup they give you with the rice plates!!

  • *****

    Small hole in the wall, but it was absolutely packed for lunch. Not your usual crowd of dotcom Pho eaters. Almost all patrons were Vietnamese which is a good sign. Had the Bon bo hue (7c, beef). Great broth with amazing flavors, tender meat and noodles that didn't turn to mush and weren't tough. Had a bit of heat/spice and was a great lunch. I'll be back.

  • *****

    Here's my Top 3 Bun Bo Hue restaurants in Silicon Valley : 1) Pho Nguyen (Milpitas)2) New Ca Mau (Santa Clara 3) An Nam (San Jose) and not in any order.

    New Camau has the feel of a truly ma-n-pa Viet place which is trying to do Bun Bo Hue right. Their Bun Bo Hue comes in 3 sizes and when you walk in you'll notice most of the customers enjoying (or laboring over) their big bowls of flavorful noodles and broth. The boss-man is nice enough to bring me special homemade hot sauce (not Sriracha, mind you) when I wanted my Bun Bo Hue extra spicy.

    New Ca Mau is hidden behind a 7-11 and Shell gas station on Lafayette between Clyde and the San Tomas on/off ramp.

    The mirrored wall and large screen TV makes the place look bigger, but parking is very tight as they share it with a laundromat, salon, check cashing place and Casadores Mexican.

    You can barely see it if you're rolling past on the Amtrak that runs parallel to Lafayette, but it's only a block south of the Oracle Agnews campus and a mile from the new Levi's stadium (home of the Niner's).

    I'd recommend Bun Bo Hue fans to give New Ca Mau a try.

  • *****

    For a hidden little pho place next to 711 and the gas station, this place is actually VERY good!

    My family comes here all the time for their spring rolls. I love their bun no hue and pho tai as well. The workers are really nice about everything too.

  • *****

    Bun Bo Hue is awesome in this hole in the wall place. usually i have this in cold winter day not at the 90 degree day. can be a bit more spicier tho. Yes on the blood if you are going all the way.

  • *****

    Actually I been to this little restaurant many times since longtime ago, but never wrote a review for it yet. Now is time to do my long overdue review. They have one of the best Bun Bo Hue in the South Bay. That's the one I always order whenever I go there. Don't get me wrong, the other Pho there are pretty tasty too, but I still love their BBH the best! I haven't went there for more than a year since I moved further south. But now I get to eat their BBH takeout again, all those missed sensation all came back! 5 stars for the BBH, 4+ stars if you don't mind how tiny little restaurant it is.

  • *****

    My Yelp friend Shirley C. recommended this place for lunch last Friday and I am so glad she did! They actually serve up some really great Bun Bo Hue; which I rarely ever get the chance to eat. This place is full of Silicon Valley workers on their lunch breaks. Right off Montague Expy, its located in a small indistinct plaza right below on Lafayette St.

    YES, it's GHETTO looking on the outside but the quality food they serve up is no joke. Typical Vietnamese restaurant method of operation. Don't be surprised that they take CASH ONLY. No credit cards here friends!

    The broth isn't overpoweringly spicy and the meat is fresh and plentiful. I ordered a large bowl cause I was so hungry. SO DAMN DELISH! I've missed Vietnamese food like this. The side vegetables were also clean and fresh looking. Forget about the service and modernity of the interior! It's all about the BUN BO HUE baby!

  • *****

    Still one of my favorite place for a quick lunch in Santa Clara when I'm craving Viet food. It's a hole in the wall so don't expect much.

    The staff are hardworking and there can be a bit of a language barrier... but the delicious & comforting food makes up for it! The Combo dry noodles with soup on the side hits the spot for me every time! Comes with pork, shrimp, crab claws, & squid, drizzled with a yummy sauce. Their fresh spring rolls are very good as well. If you're looking for a quick Viet fix in the area- this is the spot.

    And don't forget to stop by the 7-11 next door to grab a lottery ticket & scratcher. It might just be your lucky day! =)

  • *****

    this place is really all right, if you are in a hurry. the food is good, nothing too special.
    it is clean .
    the rolls are really good, everybody friendly and pleasant.
    we have been there few times and it has never been a disappointment.

  • *****

    THE #7 is delicious! Kind of a hole in he wall place, but the food and the friendliness of the staff makes it worthwhile!

  • *****

    So i didnt go for heir specialty. Just wasnt in the mood. But their Pho Dac Biet with all the different meats was pretty solid. However the sides of pork chop, grilled beef with onion and grilled pork were the stars. I should have just gotten a bunch of those. The parking outside is crazy as you get everyone weirdo and their mom that hits 7/11. Folks are friendly and at 1.15 it's an easy in and out

  • *****

    Christmas is around the corner and I need hot soup.
    First time come here after my coworker introduce me to this place.

    today is special, surprisingly not busy but still a lot of people.
    Their broth is unusual: more in the seafood broth with a lot of lemon grass, a bit spicy for little kids.

    The noodle was cooked well but a bit in the short size.

    3 of us order the same thing: #7 small $8.95
    - without cilanto and onion
    - without onion and pork blood
    - everything.

    The portion is good and enough for lunch. The food comes very quick consider not too many traffic today.

  • *****

    Ca Mau is great for a bun bo hue fix. The food comes out and hits the spot. The flavor isn't spicy and they never skimp out on the meat. It's great when you have an hour lunch during the work day because the fast service.

  • *****

    We live in Santa Clara near the stadium, and the promise of all the development surrounding the stadium has yet to come to fruition. Sadly, that means that good eats around here are few and far between, in my opinion.

    We were looking for something simply and quick near home, and found New Camau. Not generally the kind of place we get excited about...tucked away in the corner of a very small, nondescript strip mall.

    The restaurant itself is very modestly sized and decorated, but the menu is the exact opposite...there are easily more than 100 individual menu items and it's all text. No pictures.

    My fiancee had her typical pho with flank steak and I had a special rice plate. She said her pho was good and my rice plate was like a smorgasbord on a plate. Most of the things on the plate were pretty good and it was a large portion.

    Prices are in line with most normal Vietnamese places. Parking lot is small but again it's a tiny strip mall that is not usually crowded anyway.

    We'll be adding this to our regular rotation going forward when we are hungry but don't want to travel far.

  • *****

    I came here for a weekday lunch, and it was really crowded; there was a line out the door! I ordered a small bun bo hue, and it was really good. The broth flavor was awesome, and the noodles were chewy and plentiful. There wasn't a lot of meat which was fine by me, but for people who eat more meat than I do, they may not be so fine with it. This is probably the best bun bo hue I've had besides Bun Bo Hue An Nam in San Jose! The price is somewhat high for the amount; my small bun bo hue was $9.73 after tax ($8.95 before tax). It was good though; all the dishes here look quite tasty as well! I'll probably return to try some other dishes. Service is terrible though.

  • *****

    Thanks to fellow Yelpers, I decided to try out this place as it's not far off 101. My to-go order of Bun Bo Hue came out hot and with extra cubes of pig's blood as requested. The broth has an extra taste of shrimp sauce which makes it more interesting and layered than other restaurants' versions. It's not super cheap but service was fast and friendly. Next time I'm going to try the Bun Bo Hue with the Pho noodles.

  • *****

    I am quite a fan of the food here; it tastes a little on the gamey side, but the prices are awfully low, the flavour is high and I feel great after eating it. I think there are some very pungent flavoring agents used I am just not overly familiar with, but it is good stuff.

    If you want to experience something novel, grab the periwinkle soup.

  • *****

    Inconspicuously located next to a 7-11 and a overpriced Shell gas station is arguably the best Vietnamese restaurant in Santa Clara.

    They have an expansive menu but I always order either the Pho with Filet mignon or Hu Tieu. I'm sure everything on the menu is tasty, but just these two items on the menu do the job for me.

    Hieu Tiu Nam Vang
    if you have not had it before, your taste buds are in luck! It is served with a bunch of seafood and assorted meats, lots of sauces for flavor, on top of both egg and rice noodles. Order this with soup on the side. Half rice/egg noodle, and extra sauce! This dish is legit!

    Pho with Filet mignon -
    beef is extremely tender and flavorful, the noodles are soft yet still chewy, and the soup has a nice subtle broth taste. hon ho!

    Besides the food, I also want to talk about the owners of this mom & pop shop; both extremely friendly people who seem like they are enjoying life and just want to serve great food while watching their favorite sport teams on TV (the TV is always on a sports channel as "pop" is a huge bay area sports fan). And even though the shop is a little hidden and hard to find, they do not go out of their way to do advertisements or coupons to attract business. In fact, their business is quite good, yet not too crowded, I can always come here knowing that I will be immediately seated and anything I order will be fantastic and consistently of the same great quality.

    This is one of my go-to places to eat when I just want good food. It is a solid 4-star restaurant, but I think the laid back friendly small-town atmosphere it gives off should bump it to a 5.

    Average price of the dishes are ~$10. They also accept credit card for bills over $10.

  • *****

    If you don't like this restaurant I think you don't know what vietnamese food really taste like. We just moved to the area and I'm so glad we found this place, we come here so often that the staff know my order. The food is extremely tasty. We were in Vietnam back in April for vacation and had so much good food there, when we came back to the states it was really hard in the beginning to adjust to vietnamese food here. I took many people here and they all love the food, everything on the menu is delicious, flavorful. I see some bad reviews for this place, i guess you cant please everyone right?!

  • *****

    I like my Vietnamese food fresh and light. Had to try the bun boa hue here and it does not disappoint! Kicks you in the face with flavor and spice, but doesn't leave you feeling gross afterwards. Some bbh are very oily at other restaurants.

  • *****

    Came here for a Bun dish during lunch hour. Line was out the door and I didn't have much time. Went to the register and got it to go.

    Pro: satisfying amount of shrimp/pork - taste was good

    Con: lacked cucumber and needed more carrots

    I'll come back

  • *****

    I've never tried bun bo hue until my friend introduced it to me here. I was instantly converted! It was sooo good! The brother is flavorful and the noodles are delicious!!

    Just a warning this place is definitely a hole in the wall restaurant and they don't speak English that well but their menus have English. Just don't expect the best service.

  • *****

    Place is located behind a 7-11 and Shell gas station and next to a laundromat but....

    I think i just eaten the best bun bo hue ever here.

    Soup is of perfect color. Noodles are perfect texture. Portion is just right (might be little bit overwhelming for some). I say this is best I've tried is because the flavor and spiciness is just right of bun bo hue.

  • *****

    Awesome, been twice in 3 days and going back soon. Authentic+ large portions+good chili oil+ Vietnamese eggrolls= the bomb! Don't judge book by its cover the bun is the real deal too

  • *****

    This is my favorite place and i have lunch here weekly. My husband and I both found that is the best place in San Jose for Bun Bo Hue . This place is often getting crowded at lunch time, It's hard to find a parking space. So, you got to get here a bit early , ie. 11:30 - 11:45 to avoid the crowd.

  • *****

    Second time comes...
    I think this place is great for Bun Bo Hue

  • *****

    Favorite place North of San Jose. Famous for Bun Bo Hue but the menu is incredibly varied and long. Whole section of vegetarian food, including Bun Bo Hue. The three ao dai dresses on the cover are different styles for North, Central, and South...

  • *****

    I love their bun bo hue. I also love their variety of foods ranging from com to pho to bun. I am so glad that I live less than 2 minutes away, because my Asian side can always be satisfied. Oh man, I definitely love their durian smoothie.

  • *****

    New Camau is a 5 minute drive from work so its a staple in my lunch rotation. I usually try to get there by 11:30, any later and parking in the small lot is difficult and the restaurant usually fills right around noon.

    My normal staple is an XL #7 Bun Bo Hue, spicy, tangy, flavorful soup with pork, brisket, tendon, blood cake, substitute the bun noodle with pho noodle, simply delicious. (I feel like swapping out to the thinner noodle increases my chances of returning to work without 20 splatter dots on my shirt from slurping.) But today, due to it being hot outside, I opted for a vermicelli bowl.

    I ordered a Bun bowl with Grilled Shrimp and BBQ pork, added egg rolls as well for $.75. The bowl was the same size as a soup noodle bowl and filled to the brim. There was a chopped romaine on the bottom, but it was still mostly noodles, pickled veggies, and meat.

    I poured in the side bowl of sweet fish sauce and dug in. The food was cool, light, and refreshing, perfect for lunch in the summer. I also added a lot of the dark chili paste to my bowl. New Camau has 3 hot sauces on each table, Sriracha, a bright red chili paste like Sambal Olek, and the dark chili paste which also tastes like it has some fermented beans or dried shimp in it. I'm not really sure what all its made of, I just know its delicious and packed with umami. Anyways I digress.

    The food at New Camau is always on point. The service is minimal, but still very friendly. All deserving of 5 stars. The only reason I took away a star is due to the cleanliness of the restaurant. The floors are dirty, the tables are given a cursory wipe with a wet rag between seatings, and the bathroom is...well lets just say I prefer to drive back to work before visiting the little boys room. Even then, the food will always have me coming back.

  • *****

    Ive been here a couple of times with my family and It's been great so far. Every time I go there it's not that busy and I can eat in solitude while watching what's on the big screen. The usual I get there is pork chop with shredded pork skin and egg. The only concern I have is the serving size, I feel like there should be a tiny bit more on the plate. Other than that, everything is a-ok.

  • *****

    Bun bo hue dac biet so BOMB! The broth is on point and they give a lot of meat here !! Must try .

  • *****

    Excellent rare steak and meatball pho. Large portion ($8.25) was just right (I eat a lot...). Excellent service.
    Not the prettiest of places so if you are trying to wow your dining guests with decor and/or views they'll be... disappointed but that frown will turn around as soon they take that soup to their head... On food alone this place is 5-stars but I dropped a star for the location. If you don't care about the location and just want some great damn soup than this spot is legit.

  • *****

    This place just become my goto place for Bun Bo Hue. The broth was strong and the portions for a small bowl were huge.

    Meat was good too.

  • *****

    Good quick service and big selection of noodle soups.. Some might not be for the beginner level, with much more than standard pho

  • *****

    The New Camau Restaurant has the best pho in Santa Clara! The service could be better depending on your server (not a complaint just an observation). Though this is a traditional Vietnamese restaurant and they do not pride themselves in hospitality. At the worst case scenario I will order my food by pointing my dish out on the menu and repeating the description. I almost always get the combination pho or pho with ox tail.... Mmmm mmm! And let's not forget an additional order of fried eggrolls. They do have other popular dishes I just have not made my way around too (the pho is just too good not to get).

  • *****

    Very good for what they offer. One of the better Vietnamese places I can find north of Santa Clara.