Broken Rice showcases Vietnamese flavors in dishes that range from traditional to modern with a French flair.
I got the vegetarian vermicelli bowl. The receipt even said VEGETARIAN SPRING ROLL vermicelli bowl. I was starving and ate quickly. I was half way through the sesond spring roll when I realized they were PORK. NOT an acceptbale mistake. I feel sick. DO NOT go there if you are veggie.
I'm guessing this is a family-owned/operated place so it has a nice feel to it. My better-half had been here before so she brought me to check it out. We ordered beef carpaccio, deep-fried rolls, chicken & fried egg on rice. They were all good. The place is clean and nicely decorated. A/c is nice too. I'll be back to try the Pho although there's a few other places along the Height's strip that serves it.
I came here on a friday night around 6:00 with my father, parking was easy to find around the corner and the place was empty. They gave us some tea when we sat, place looks nice inside.
(Mine arrives 5-10 minutes before his)
I had the $8 Salmon Ceviche - The flavors are good but there's an issue, when I'm biting into cold salmon and it's slightly frozen in the center and I'm biting into ice crystals I'm not happy.
He had the $8 Papaya Salad and loved it.
(They arrive together)
I had the $17 Tamarind Duck - Once again this tastes good but there are some fatty/gristle pieces.
He had the $14 Pork Ribs and loved it.
(Mine arrives 5-10 minutes before his once again)
I had the $5 Coffee Ice Cream - This tastes good but there is a texture issue, feels like slightly over churned/flaky ice cream, not smooth and creamy.
He had the $8 Garden Parfait and loved it.
So with us each having an appy, entree and dessert (no need to order drinks since they had the nice pot of tea on our table) the bill comes to $67.20 taxes in.
The portion sizes
The frozen (not fresh) ceviche
The fatty/gristly duck breast
The flaky (not smooth) ice cream
Some advice.. When you are making 2 appies try to time it properly. Don't bring out 1 right away and make the other person wait 10 minutes for theirs, bring them out together at the same time.
Went for lunch today. It's was not too busy as this restaurant has just opened. Service was good and food was good. We ordered chicken wings, cassava for appy's and I had the short ribs. My friend order the noodle soup with stew beef which looked good. The decor was good. Lots of street parking so there was no issue there. I will try again. I did not like the chicken wings as they had a very mild favour. This is not your cheap pho type of restaurant.
After waiting for what seemed like months for this place to open, we had high hopes for a great Vietnamese restaurant opening in the Heights.
As our usual Japanese restaurant is closed Sundays, we decided to give Brokenrice a try. We ordered two vermicelli dishes - one with lemongrass beef short ribs and the other with chicken and spring rolls, each dish was $8. The meat portions are very small compared to other Vietnamese restaurants. The chicken portion was so small that after 4 bites, the chicken was all gone. The spring rolls were not crispy and had a mushy consistency to them. The worst of the food was the lemongrass beef short ribs. They tasted sour ... almost like they were going bad. We both took two bites and spit the rest out and didn`t consume anymore. Left overs from previous nights? Or just not fresh product being made to order? Whatever it was, we will NEVER be going back to this restaurant again. There are so many Vietnamese restaurants out there that offer much better food for the same price.
We live in the area and go here often. I agree with the post below - this is not the typical cheap eats pho noodle place, it's a nicer interior and a bit more expensive. Portions are a bit smaller. We tried the chicken wings (garlic butter, $6) which were very tasty. I had the beef stew noodles ($8) and they were delicious. My favourite dish on the menu.
I'd rather pay a bit more and get a nicer place to eat with tasty food and good service.
Had lunch at Broken Rice today, solid Vietnamese offering, typical Pho joint menu nicely cooked and presented, decent service though food took a while to come - appeared to be cooked from scratch rather than reheated so no problem. The big negative was the place was seemingly unheated and felt like an ice box: a thermostat on the wall showed a temperature of 64° but it felt much colder: won't be rushing back until next summer!
Have eaten here countless times since this place first opened for both lunch and dinner and have never had a bad meal. Food is always consistently good, served by very friendly, competent people. The restaurant is very clean and well managed. The owners frequently come by to say hi and make sure everything is satisfactory. Food is served quickly and at a fair price. Highly recommend.
This is a nice, clean place to get a decent bowl of pho and a good place to take western friends that do not fanc too authenthic, strong taste vietnamese food.... the parking lot can be a pain in the behind at dinner time. Other than that, the Pho is solid and the service is quite friendly & attentive compare to a lot of regular Vietnamese restaurants out there.
Had a great dinner at Broken Rice. This restaurant has been open for about 6 months. The place is small but nicely decorated .The hostess/owner was quite pleasant and stopped by to chat with the four of us .
We all decided to choose from the dine out Vancouver menu which includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for $28.00 each person. We did not order any alcohol and they were very good at making sure our teapot was always filled.
I loved the Squid Ate the Spring Roll appetizer. The Chicken on Chicken on Curry was quite good and satisfying. The coffee infused panna cotta was very light and nicely garnished with edible pansy and microgreens. The 3 other diners decided to have the Seafood Claypot and enjoyed that very much as well as their deep fried banana with coconut ice cream. All the other dishes that the waiter was bringing to the other tables looked delicious and nicely presented.
We were told this type of food is very traditional Vietnamese food with influences from the French. Broken rice serves the more well known type of Pho during their lunch menu which I will have to come back and try at some other time.
Overall had a very pleasant dining experience at Broken Rice :-)