A clean, homely pho restaurant with excellent value.
Mrs. C and I were once again looking for a place to eat, and we had out of town guests AND our usual weekend dinner gang to look after. I know on Seinfeld there was that episode about "mixing the worlds", but the two groups seemed to get along okay, and I suspect the rule does not apply here in the "real" world.
The restaurant was nice and clean inside including the unisex w/c, and while the place wasn't deluxe, it was comfortable for our large group. Even though we arrived near to closing time and a couple of our group actually tried to special order, the servers/proprietors seemed like a tolerant bunch, and they tried to accommodate us. In fact, service was very good.
We had a variety of phos, spring rolls and some grilled meats and prawns on a stick. I also tried the curry beef brisket on rice. All the food was very tasty and everyone enjoyed their meals. I recommend the grilled meats which were awesome. We also had bubble teas which were big and full of flavour.
As for price, 9 people ate like hungry bears for about a hundred bucks, so I would say it was good value.
Had lunch here yesterday with a friend. I had the same as the previous reviewer, #19 which was meatball and sliced beef, and I had the #30 with crab, tomato, tofu and ham. I also ordered #1, the meat spring rolls.
Spring rolls came out in a decent amount of time. Skin was crispy, but the filling was quite disappointing, it was maybe 5% meat, and i am being very generous here. But for what it was, it was pretty good. The meatball and sliced beef pho was above standard, but not great. The sliced beef I found pretty tender. #30 was quite good actually, it had a crab omelet in it. I have never had this before so I cannot compare it to other times I have had it.
Service was minimal but friendly. Service seemed to be extra good to regulars though. Food came out in a relatively good time and we only saw the waitress at the beginning, when we ordered, when we got the bill and when we paid. So its not exactly stellar, but at least it was prompt and friendly.
It seemed clean with a very plain decor. Washrooms seem pretty clean as well.
Would probably be back if in the area only.
After reading positive reviews about this place, I wanted to try it out. No regrets at all. The restaurant was clean, yet comfortable, we were warmly welcome. The owner was helpful in helping us with our orders.
We had the chicken wings as a starter. My hubby had his meatball and raw beef slice soup (#19) and I had the real crab, tomato, tofu and ham w/ vermicelli soup (#30). I loved my soup, it reminds me of the soup I missed at Bu Dien, which the restaurant doesn't exist anymore. I loved fresh tomato in soup, I found it brings out the flavour of the broth. Not many restaurant served this kind of soup. The chicken wings was a disappointment, would not order that dish again.
My hubby was happy with his pho fix and I was thrilled to find this gem in New West. Will definitely come back for my pho craving.
My first visit to this restaurant was this past Thursday night. My husband & I had a choice of anywhere to sit and, though it was close to closing, a couple more tables filled after we placed our order.
I really enjoyed the delightfully fresh-tasting "Grilled Chicken Salad Roll", and "Soda Lemonade in Ice" that, thankfully, was not like a typical 'soda pop' at all. I finished my husband's "House Special Beef Noodle Soup" and couldn't swallow the broth fast enough.
What a great addition to the list of restaurants that my husband & I like to frequent in New Westminster.
This is our new standby Pho restaurant...
I've tried TONS of Pho places in GVRD and this place is second to none... The restaurant is very clean with comfortable seats, and basic, but nice ambiance... The menu has all your standard fare of good Viet food, nothing outstanding or original here, but lot's of selections...
The pho comes out piping hot, and very tasty... Doesn't taste like it's loaded with MSG etc, it tastes fresh and flavourful.
The grilled fare is all above average, with solid flavors, and always well prepared... The portions are generous but not HUGE, providing excellent value while leaving you full.
The offer bubble tea and all the other Viet drinks... Haven't tried the bubble tea yet, but during lunchtime while school is in, there is a line up for it, so likely pretty good!
The service is friendly and prompt...
Overall it's just a good place to go for Pho, you won't be disappointed!
After reading the reviews about this restaurant, I just had to try it. I had #30 small, which was the real crab meat with tomato, tofu and vietnamese ham with vermicelli noodles. It was delish!!
They served me tea which was delicious and hot.
I really enjoyed the soup and it tasted great. I was glad to see fresh basil served as some Pho places don't serve basil with the sprouts.
I would definitely come here again and order something else. It was very clean.
I had lunch here a few days ago. I have wanted to for awhile given the good reviews. I had the House Special Pho and some Spring Rolls. The ambiance is extremely plain but I did appreciate they had the electric heaters trying to compensate for a very old and drafty building.
The Pho was good although a bit too salty. The noodles were cooked just right so they are still a bit chewy the way they should be. I noticed an MSG factor here as well. As a society we really need to use quality ingredients instead of expecting MSG to give that flavour "wow" on the palate.
The spring rolls on the other hand were probably the worst I have seen in a Vietnamese restaurant. Wonton wrappers are not what Vietnamese Spring Rolls are wrapped in. It should be rice paper and the contents should have some Taro, Mushroom, Pork and Shrimp etc. The spring rolls here were mostly cabbage with a bit of pork and some of the most expensive I have ever seen in a Vietnamese Restaurant at just 2 for $5. They were very Chinese in composition. Not what I want if I go to a Vietnamese restaurant.
Pho Maxima is a miss for me. A few blocks more and Kingsway brings some very good Vietnamese Restaurants.
Is great to have this restaurant in New Westminster; the food is excellent, you can taste the freshness of their ingredients, their spring rolls are crispy, yet not too oily. Adding to the greatness of the food is the amazing service. Everything looks very clean, but they could still work in the ambiance department, is a little bare and there is too much light. This is one of those places where is very easy to become a regular.
It is out of my expectation after tried a Real Crab Meat Rice Noddle in Soup there which leave me unforgotable a yummy taste impression in my mind. Among those kind of noodles that I had before, this one is the best, can't stop swallowing all of it, as well as the soup to my mouth....ha ha not kidding, I ordered a "L" bowl of noodle and I am just a "M" size lady, I end up leave "Nothing" in the bowl before check the bill, of course not even a drop of the soup.....worth to give it a try coz it only cost under $8 including taxes...
We had 3 varieties of Pho, Chicken and Chicken ball, beef house special, and seafood and vegetable. All delicious.
Tried 2 appetizers, the salad roll, and meat spring roll.
Most amazing spring roll's ive ever tried.
The sweet sauce to dip them in is a perfect accompaniment.
Ph0 is excellent if you are sick, helps bring out all the congestion.
Highly suggest you try this affordable dining experience.
Stopped in yesterday after finding this restaurant on dinehere.ca. It is a nice joint; typically a lot of Viet restaurants are either lavish or, to be blunt, the opposite (dirty, unkept and run by only family members). This is one of the restaurants that aren't dirty. The food is pretty good and the value is GREAT. Pho for under $7, and with that price you get heaps of flavourful broth and the meat was fantastic. Noodles were good too; I ordered tripe to go along with the rest of the soup. The people working there are very friendly. The only thing that was strange is that they didn't serve any tea. Maybe they charge for tea, I'm not sure..but that's not going to stop me from going back for more pho!!! :)
For pho restaurants, or any type of noodle house in general, I don't expect too much in terms of service or ambience. As long as I'm greeted with a "Hi", given a menu and a seat and have good food served at a decent price. Walked into this place with my family and was told to sit at a table in the middle of the restaurant. One booth was available, but had dirity dishes on it. Heaven forbit to have the host clean the table, which seemed like a theme for the next hour or so. After seated my wife went to the washroom. Waited five minutes when my wife returned, and still we were not given any menus. Go figure. Told my wife to grab a menu so we could decide what to order.
Host comes by and asks if we are ready. Well no because we just got our menus! Told her to come back in a few. After deciding what to order, it ended up me flagging her down because she cannot multi-task. By the way, I notice the host/waitress did this to three other groups that came in.
My wife ordered a large noodle soup with rare beef and tendon and I ordered the same, but with beef brisket instead of rare beef. Now, one of the positive qualities of a pho joint is that the meal comes really quick, usually five ... ten minutes the most. After 20+ minutes, or meals came.
I guess if you put tendon on the menu, its OK to have one small piece of tendon in your bowl. This happened to both of us. Also, the broth was a little salty, which says a lot as I like salt. After my first taste, I thought I should have went with a rice dish, but I then realized that the meat looked really burnt from all the other rice dishes that I saw other patrons ordered. Was actually watching an old guy sitting next to me, hacksaw his grilled racoon with his knife. (Sorry, I am sure they use real cuts of chicken, pork or beef).
Anyways, meal was garbage, service was garbage and no, I will not be going back here. To try one positive about this place is that the washroom was decent. Probably because the host looks like she demands her royal rear to sit on a clean toilet bowl!