Small, family run Vietnamese restaurant with good food and friendly service.
Went here a few weeks ago with the family. This had become our go to viet restaurant in the tri-cities since moving to Coquitlam several months ago. The food was still good. My wife had a bun bowl (rice vermicelli with lemongrass pork). The bowl is quite large, with a lot of meat which is well marinated and very tasty. I had my usual large bowl of pho dac biet (assorted beef). It was okay, not as good as it normally is as the broth seemed kinda watered down and too sweet tasting. One thing I noticed is that they raised the price on the pho. A large bowl used to be $6, which is quite a steal for what you got. Now the price has been crossed out and pencilled in at $7. That's quite a large jump in price, more than what one would expect for inflation or rising food costs. 25 or 50 cents, maybe, but a whole dollar? That price reflects Van/Burnaby, not Poco.
What is really suspect is the cook/owner will come out and do the bill when you pay at the till. Your bill shows which # you ordered, ie #1, #14, etc, but with no prices next to it and no total. She will then add up each item, with the hst already included on her calculator and show it to you, but doesn't actually write it down on the receipt or even give it to you. Some people will just pay the bill and then add tip on top of that amount 10 or 15%. I normally calculate the tip BEFORE taxes, not after it. If you aren't aware, you will tip on the 12% hst in the food. It may not be a big deal to some people, but to me, that is just wrong. Food is still decent and I'll probably be back, but something definitely seems fishy with the books.
Been passing by this place everyday for the longest time but never really thought to try it. Finally decided to go there with my family and my husband and I were quite pleasantly surprised. Friendly service, although there was a little language barrier (the owner/server doesn't really speak fluent English). Nonetheless, the service was warm and attentive.
The selection was good and the prices were very reasonable. The pho that we ordered was as expected, noodles cooked nicely, very flavourful broth. However, the spring rolls that we ordered were all a little burnt and a little hard to eat.
Good experience, will definitely be back.
Since finding this place a couple of years ago, my SO and I have been coming here once or sometimes twice a week. The pho is delicious and the service is better. We have tried a number of pho restaurants in the area but the food quality here keeps us coming back. The chicken pho uses grilled - not boiled - chicken which greatly enhances the taste.
The service is friendly and warm, even the cook comes out to schmooze with the guests from time to time. As the tables are limited, lunchtime fills up very quickly. The food is out in minutes and servers come to check on you frequently but not annoyingly so. An average pho lunch for two, with tip and tax, is under twenty dollars.
This little place has saved me more than a few nights. When I work late and get the call from home telling me I am on my own for dinner, I make the call on my way home and 5 minutes later a piping hot bowl of Pho soup is waiting for me. It's a really great broth, and incredible value, $6 for a huge bowl. Add a couple spring rolls for the kids and I am good to go!
Just a great local family run place.
I went there when it first opened and they had a promotion where you get a spring roll for an order of PHO. It was great at the beginning! Lots of meats and you feel very full by the time you walk out the restaurants. I went there after the grand opening promotion ended. The portion of the PHO felt smaller than before. Less meats in a way. I wonder if it was because less people visit due to the end of promotion period. Anyways, it's still a good place to visit if you don't want to travel too far from home for a bowl of PHO. One thing that's annoy me is there is a problem with their air circulation, I felt very stuffy inside and I smelled like PHO after.
Found the chicken and beef on top of the bowl of Bun, noodle very dry. Unless you like dried out white chicken breast meat and dry beef / beef jerky which tasted like it had been precooked and sitting around for awhile, I suggest you order something else on the menu. I have had this dish before but today it was really awful and the meat not fresh and over cooked.. don't think I will be coming here in the near future.
Glad to have a Pho/ VN restaurant in PoCo !
Owner and staff are friendly, helpful and honestly interested in how well you enjoyed your meal..... quick to remember what I ordered on a previous visit over 1 month ago.
Atmosphere is clean and modern, a welcome bonus that is often lacking in many small diners.
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