If not for the bright sidewalk placard, I would have missed this place altogether. Luckily, the sign promising a 10% discount for 'happy hour' (is there such a thing in Vancouver?) pulled me in.
Kingsway is the place I go for reliable Vietnamese. You don't get the refined Vietnamese food you might get in some upscale restos in a Vietnamese ghettoher like San Francisco or Orange County, Calif. Most of the e cooks are immigrants who cooked well at home and were egged on by their family and relatives to open a restaurant. They have no formal training but they have the taste and the tradition of the upbringing. Co Do is a good example.
The restaurant seems to have lots of dishes from Hue, the old imperial capital of Vietnam. Some of the best chefs in Vietnam were said to have come from here because they used to cook for the royal family. The cook at Co Do while far removed, seem to honor the tradition.
Banh hoi and other vermicelli dishes. And the spicy but delectable Bun Bo Hue (BBH). These were what I tried. The BBH was spicy and fresh. They didn't shy away from adding nuoc mam, the Vietnamese fish sauce, in place of sugar, as many other Vietnamese restaurants are want to do these days.
The pho was solid, well complimented with sliced jalapenos, basil, and the sort. But it would be tragic to come here to only try the pho. Check out what everyone else is trying and dive into something new.
This place has not been discovered by outsiders, it seems to be frequented mostly by neighborhood Vietnamese, a testament to the authenticity of this place. Try it, you'll like it.