Submitted Monday, January 9, 2012 - 12:16am [Dine in]
I found Pho Ten a few weeks ago, and have been there on three occasions. Their Pho is solid, with steaming broth that isn't salty or oily. The pieces of meat offered aren't the regular dark meat discards you receive, rather you get large pieces of white meat. Today, I tried the carrot and beef stew over-top rice vermicelli, and it is probably my favourite dish.
Pho Ten is busy, but service is quick and attentive. I noticed today that their Vietnamese submarines are unavailable; not sure if that is a permanent change.... Sometimes, the restaurant can be extremely chilly, such that I had to wear my winter jacket during my meal, but the last time I was there, it was toasty.
I'm glad that there are alternatives to Pho Viet and Pho Lan on the south side of Richmond. The Pho here is solid, and I don't think that you'll be disappointed by a visit to this establishment.
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During the week, quiet and unassuming... by the weekend, transforms into a hoppin' karokee joint!
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 9:54pm [Dine in]
I have been to Pondok a number of times, and have been consistently pleased with its food and value.
Recently, two friends and I opted to try Pondok rather than Banana Leaf on Broadway. Although the restaurant was quiet, we enjoyed ourselves immensely with Rice Plate 3 which included spring rolls, curry, shrimp and cabbage; all for $29.00. We accomopanied this with a Gado Gado ($10) and it was the perfect amount. Although one may assume that this venue is quiet, on weekends, after 9 PM it becomes a lively karaokee joint/bar where many enthusiastic vocalists provide entertaining performances - sometimes these can be quite delightful. However, please note that there is a ~$20 - 25 minimum purchase required per person on the weekends since it is so busy.
In summary, do not be fooled by the quiet and unassuming ambience of this venue on the weekdays. I prefer Pondok over Tropika and Banana Leaf, mainly because the food is better and prices are about 15% lower than both of the aforementioned eateries. Finally, I highly recommend Pondok as my favourite Indonesian restaurant. Try the Bami Goreng or Roti Canai.
Submitted Monday, January 11, 2010 - 10:55pm [Dine in]
My friends and I enjoyed our time here; we ordered the Lamb Wat and Original Veggie Combo with Shiro Wot, and split between 3 people, it was enough. The food was both plentiful flavourful. Each time I have been here, the service has been efficient and very friendly. I would recommend this to those seeking an exciting new type of cuisine; I think it would be a fun date too... nice to try something adventurous.
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