Time after time I see "wholesome" ethnic food places, such as Vietnamese or Greek, go upscale. It never works. You just can't dress up the food enough straight up to justify the sticker price. It CAN work in a "fusion" setting, and there is such a place I found in my travels, in Rimouski Quebec of all places. Oh my!
Nevertheless, my craving for Pho took the better of me, and hit up Vina, it being one of the very few Vietnamese restaurants downtown.
At the time I was there, I was the only actual sit down customer there, along with two people in and out for take out. Considering this, the service was meh, but friendly (and good looking!).
Looking at the menu and sensing what I was getting into, I decided to stick to Pho, so I ordered a bowl, like usual, plain, rare steak only, no tripe no tendon. It arrived after a short time, in a sizable bowl, with a good amount of sprouts and lime, but no peppers as I recall, not that I typically throw them in anyways.
The soup was tasty enough, but not spectacular, and the beef was in sufficient quality and quantity.
It was fairly dark inside, despite it being middle of the day, but the decor came across as upscale on the cheap. I was obviously overpaying for what I was getting.
I do not see myself going there again, unless it was with 2-3 other people for a sitdown, and travel was out of the question. Otherwise, I'd go the other direction, and hit up One Saigon instead.