There aren't many choices on the North Shore for Pho so tried this restaurant. It was anther Pho restaurant before so I assume it's new owners as it has a new name. Lots of Pho choices plus, sandwiches, rice dishes and rolls to choose from. Prices are reasonable and in line with other Pho restaurants. Just tried the Pho with mixed meats. It all comes down to the soup and this was only average here. Doesn't have the depth of flavour or the excact colour, a bit on the grey versus brown side. Meats were good as well as the noodles. Quick and fast service. Overall an OK choice for Pho but not too many alternatives in N. Van.
My partner and I have been going to this same pho restaurant for years. Now it's got a new name and some new faces, we can only assume new ownership, especially the service has gone from "here's your food" to "how's your food". Price is about the same. Clothes still smell like pho after, but definitely an improvement with a big air purifier installed. The place has also been renovated with new paint and carpets, but watch out for uneven surface. There's also a big hole in the parking lot.
I've been here a total of 3 times now and I've never been dissapointed.
When I started my job in North Van I had wondered where all the asian noodle joints were. Mind you, I live in Burnaby where the noodles are a-plenty!
My colleague mentioned that that there was a little 'hole-in-the-wall' pho house along Marine drive and although he had never been, that the parking lot was always full (with overflow in the Travelodge behind) and the shop was nearly full everytime he's driven by.
I went w/ two of my colleagues and we had a pretty solid experience. I'm happy to announce - no MSG in the stock! (If you've seen my previous review of Potter's Garden, you'll understand).
6.49 buys you a small bowl, while 7.49 buys you a large bowl - significantly larger to boot.
In Burnaby the prices are generally less expensive (4.99 = small, 5.99 = large), but since this is pretty much the ONLY Vietnamese pho house in North Vancouver with palatable pho - I'm totally okay with it!
On the menu, they have a column for the "Adventurous" - think tripe, tendon and all those delicious type of beefy meats :) and a column titled "Fortifying" for the hungry, hearty eaters.
The staff were nice and helpful/attentive. I was with two pho newbies and they had a great time.
The decor is that of an old 'cottage' wood interior. Not pretty or glamorous - but name me a pho house that is :) Important thing is that the tables were clean and each table was occupied - A good sign.
Today I went alone for lunch and ordered a small fortifying bowl - fatty brisket, tendon, tripe, eye of round (rare beef). The broth was delicious - not overly salty or fish saucy. Not fatty either. I ordered a cup of hot coffee with condensed milk. Delish. Bill came to $11.00 for tax and tip.
And as I sit here writing my review - I don't feel dehydrated. A great feeling knowing that there was no MSG hidden in my pho. :)
When this Pho restaurant changed names it changed the experience of dining there. The staff is always friendly and will remember repeat customers. They always ask something specific about their regulars not just "how many are eating?" As a newbie to Vietnamese food I had always stuck with the same meals but the staff is more than willing to recommend things to try. The food is delicious and the service prompt with our teapot never reaching empty!
I love this little place. It is always busy and always has great pho. I have tried other dishes and they are all pretty good but the pho is the best dish. The broth is amazing, not too salty and not too strong. Just delicious. I always recommend this place to people. The staff are nice and helpful as well, food arrives quickly. The decor in the place doesn't really match what they are serving but it is nice and cozy, like a little lodge or cottage. The prices are around $7.50 for a small which is a bit higher than most places but it tastes great.