My husband wanted to try this place every time we drove by it, but I thought it looked kind of ghetto at first. So one day I gave in and we went for lunch there. The restaurant is pretty inconspicuous on the "good"side of Hastings Street, but it doesn't really look like your typical Pho place. The service is prompt and friendly. They only take cash or debit card, so leave your credit cards at home. We've tried the Pho noodle soup, the rice, vermicelli dishes & spring rolls and everything so far is delicious. The portions are decent and it's definitely a good value for what you get. Worth a try. =)
Mrs. C and I were cruising Hastings in search of pho and we saw TCT across from the Liquor Barn. I'm not sure how long the place has been in business, but it was the first time we noticed it. As a previous reviewer remarked, it has lots of wood paneling inside, and the usual fittings for a pho joint. I did note that it was clean including the reasonably hygienic w/c. There were lots of patrons so it is fair to say it is popular with the locals.
Service was good, and they speak Cantonese in case that is an incentive for you. We ordered the Vietnamese spring rolls and two large-sized bowls of beef pho. The spring rolls were very tasty and not greasy at all. They seemed a little spicy, which was unusual. The pho was great, and I did detect an unusual flavor there too, but I did not experience any MSG. I think it was something added to the beef stock, like maybe taro.
As for value, we ate well for 17 bucks. Can't beat that.
Good pho and very cheap.
Whenever I get pho cravings, I would usually come here. They make the best pho around my neighbourhood. It's just like any other place, nothing special, however, the store owners are nice and treat me with respect. Although the place looks runned down, they can make some decent food. Worth a try.
my gf, her sister and I were out looking for lunch and she had been craving pho for a while. We've been to triple coconut before and it was a decent experience, so we decided to go back. This was a terrible experience even for a pho place.
We walked in and was seated at the last table available (the furthest one from the counter). We chatted for a while and 5 minutes later, we realized we hadn't gotten any tea or even menus. I spent the next 5 minutes trying to wave down the server, who never even looked in our direction until she brought something to a nearby table. when she finally noticed us, we figured she'll bring us some menus, but instead she went looking for our bill. When she realized when didn't have a bill yet, she can back to take our order. That's when we finally got to tell her we didn't have menus. After she brought us menus, the owner came by to take our order twice within 2 minutes, and we weren't ready. We each ordered our meal with a side order of Spring Roll to share.
We were brought our food fairly quickly, but our spring roll didn't come. When I over heard another table complain that they ordered a spring roll and not a salad roll, i decided to check on it. I spent another 5 minutes trying tow ave down the server, only to watch them bring the other table a replacement spring roll, and then ignore us. When another server went to clean a table next to ours I finally got them to check on the spring roll. several minutes later, the spring roll came, and it was not what we expected. it was wrapped in a salad roll skin and had carrot strips inside.
After we were done, we wanted the bill, and as before, spent several minutes waving at the server, who came by to take the order of a table next to us and almost got away without listening to us.
The meal cost the 3 of us about $22 + 1% tip. This is an experience that I would NOT like to repeat.
Food - 3 - Food was still pretty decent. I liked the taste of everything, but the crappy spring roll keeps the rating at a 3.
Service - 1 - Should really be a 0.
Value - 3 - Decent portions of food for all three of us. Pho was 6 bucks for a small.
Ambiance - 3 - The place was fairly clean, and had lots of customers.
Overall - This could have been a good experience if the service was more competent. Other than the spring roll, the food was good, which may bring me back. I'll see how I feel about it when my gf gets another pho craving.
Everyday I passed this place on my way to work but finally tried it yesterday. It was very good. I loved the broth of the beef noodle soup. The pork salad roll was alright, I've had better. The small noodle soup was decent portioned while my boyfriend liked the large. The service was friendly, the food came quickly. Definitely will return for lunch again. :)
Pretty good Pho but not as good as the few "best" in the Vancouver area. However, this is the best one I have found so far in North Burnaby. Soup is better than most, but not a big fan of their salad rolls here. I've eaten here probably 30 or 40 times and haven't been sick or had stomach issues so it ranks an outstanding for me in terms of Pho standards. A little history: This restaurant used to be located next to the 7 - 11 off Rupert and 22nd. I used to go there about 7 years ago and was a favourite of mine back then. (They had steamed crepes before that were awesome! but not at the new location).
In terms of service, you don't go to places like this for the service. It is typical for asian restaurants. If you would like further explanation, see my service description/explanation under Sushi Garden Burnaby (Lougheed Hwy).
I order one raw beef pho as my quick lunch. Although their ambiance is not really match. The soup is really good that I can drink it without any tea. I knew some other vietnamese restaurants will put MSG inside the soup to make it tastly. I will drink a lot of water if the chef put any MSG inside the food. The services is OK that I don't see any bad face in the restaurant. I will for sure to come back at lunch time.
I love pho, and was excited to try this place out seeing as it's a short walk away from where I live.
I ordered the shrimp salad roll, and asked if it had pork in it as well - the server had no idea what I was asking, disappeared for 5 seconds and came back with the salad rolls when I hadn't even actually ordered it!
I ate them anyways. I was hungry. There was no pork, and they used iceberg lettuce instead of romaine (ugh). However, the peanut sauce they served it with was yummy, chilled and sweet tasting.
I ordered a small pho with rare steak and beef balls. The noodles were overcooked - too mushy and there was hardly any meat in my bowl. Only 2 beef balls cut in half to produce 4 tiny pieces. The soup was V E R Y bland. Honestly the worst bowl of pho I've ever had.
An okay pho restaurant. The soup base could be worked on as it has a strange flavor I can't quite put my finger on..perhaps too much msg. Service was pretty fast but when I went to the front to pay the server blatantly ignored me for a good five minutes even though she saw me in the reflection. Only reason I would go is because its location is close by, otherwise there are much better other locations in Vancouver.
Been here a couple of times now for lunch. Large bowl very good Pho, tasty beef, little or no corriander this recipe. Also had the spring rolls. Good reports from my lunch mates. Clean, fairly large, service so-so. Not rude or anything, three tables & they're in a slow spin cycle.
Next door to The Pear Tree...no kidding.
Just thinking of Pho makes me salivate.
We've been here twice and it's quite delicious here. They make a nice addition to the neighborhood. The washrooms are clean and he dining area is comfortable and cozy. Neither visit was very busy so our food was out in less than 10 minutes. Quality is well... nothing superb, but it satisfied our cravings.
We ordered for ~ $27:
Lemongrass chicken with rice
Rare beef pho with beef balls
Fried spring rolls
Soft spring rolls
They give plenty of garnishing and "cheap" tea was free.
I go here maybe once or twice a month when I get a hankering for pho. The interior walls are made with a warm wood panelling, but you can tell their forte is not interior decorating. The service is pretty quick, but the servers do not seem to like to get too involved in any kind of conversation. For example: "Could we have a box to take the rest of this salad roll with us?" was a little too personal (we had to stop them from making us a new salad roll for take away, and gesture very emphatically before we finally got an empty box), but if you need an extra bowl, they provide you with one fairly swiftly.
The food is really decent. I have tried about three or four of their soups and the meat has always been very fresh and tender, and the broth has been really good. I would say I have had consistently delicious food here.
The place is usually never too crowded, but there is a steady stream of customers, so that you get the impression that people like the place. It's never been really noisy when we have gone there. When you want to pay for your food, it's best to go up to the register, smile and say "Hi" to the closest server; the bill paying progresses fairly smoothly after that. Just don't rush them; they move in their own time...