Pho Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant that also offers Vietnamese subs and sandwiches
For a pho place, this was unusually roomy and clean. Wow! What's going on? Even the w.c. wasn't in terribly bad shape.
We were seated quite quickly and a scan through the (reasonably large) menu didn't highlight any surprises. So what to do? We just picked. Some house special pho, some of the "dry" noodles...
The dry noodles was a good hit, I would say maybe even one of the better ones I've tasted, so no complaints there. The pho was okay too, though there was nothing outstanding, the quality was pretty okay.
What was surprising was the slow service. There were only a couple of other tables in the place and normally this stuff comes out instantly. The only explanation was that they were making it "from scratch?"??? Either than or the cook was on break. Hmmm..
Anyways, not sure if it is worth a recommendation or not. While not one of the best pho places I've had in town, it does stand out well in Richmond. If you've got a hankering for pho and you're in the area, I would probably hit this place first.
Finally, a pho place without (or maybe with very very little) MSG. My family and I tried the various pho's, a duck soup and bamboo noodle soup and some shrimp tempura rolls. Pho broth was very home-style and perhaps some may say it's lacking flavour but the notes for spices are subtle and I enjoyed it. Drinks were pretty good too - I really enjoyed my avocado shake.
Service was as good as it needs to be for a casual pho place. The chandalier was definitely a surprise (probably left over from the previous establishment?).
Would probably go back if I were in the neighbourhood.
I came here once after my friend bragged that this is the best pho in town. I thought that if this is good then I don't need to drive all the way to Pho Tam in surrey to eat what I think the best pho is. So, I ordered my usual bowl of rare beef with beef balls and it tasted good, meaning there's no MSG and the beef flavour is still strong but definitely not as tasty as Pho Tam in Surrey. I forgot about the pricing but it shouldn't be too pricey. I guess I'll come here if I crave for pho and don't wanna drive over half an hour to surrey.
This Pho joint does not compare in flavor to the Vietnamese run places in town but still gives its own take on the classic Pho noodle soup. The bowls are not huge in size compared to other places and the noodles I found to be chewy and not as tasty as in other Pho places. They have the Vietnamese sandwiches here as well that are reasonably priced and quite tasty. But I have come on a few occasions where we could not order it as they did not have any bread in stock.
Had their "Queen special" pho, vietnamese sub with chicken, and one of their combos which had shrimp, chicken skewer and salad roll. Also tried their 3 bean coconut milk drink. Everything was very very bland. The pho soup base was very greasy. Even the sauce for the salad roll was watery.
Service was very good, polite and attentive.
Prices are as expected for a Vietnamese restaurant.
Place looks clean, bright, spacious. Washrooms were clean.
Nothing special, probably won't be returning.
Food: The food doesn't taste bad. It's not outstanding either. It's just average taste, very generic taste of Vietnamese food. You could get the similar food anywhere else. You won't miss a thing.
The portion is small, way small. It's laughable. When I saw the portion, I just shook my head and decided to treat it like a small meal. And I was planning where to get snacks and more stuff to eat somewhere else after Pho Queen while I was chowing down the food here. I didn't even want to order more at Pho Queen because it's just lame for a restaurant to be cheap about portion especially a "hole in the wall" place. Who knew how many more we had to order in order to be full. It's just ridiculous to spend a lot of money for very common and inexpensive ingredients at a "hole in the wall" place. We might as well spend our money somewhere else. No wonder there's not a lot of customers at Pho Queen.
Service: Service is friendly. The only good thing about this place is that they are friendly enough.
Ambiance: It is not good. The restaurant is ugly with ugly furniture and a little trash on floor. Table is clean though, no grease. It's just a very tacky place. You really have to rely on whether you like the food or not to decide if you want to come back.
Small portion means no returning customers. Duh! Unless you are selling kick ass ambiance like great view and interior decor, it's not wise to cheap out on portion as a mom and pop "hole in the wall" place. You have to give people a reason to return.
I tried almost every Pho restaurant there is in Richmond and Pho Queen turns out to be the BEST of all. Their Food is great! Their beef noodle soup is 'ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!', even with little MSG inside. Their Waitress/Waiters are kind and they always have a smile on their faces. The place is very clean and the seats inside are comfortable.
I would recommend Pho Queen to all my friends!
I've been meaning to write a review about Pho Queen for awhile now as it has become one of my favorites as well as the go-to place for Pho for friends and family I have brought. The food is always consistently tasty, the restaurant is clean and bright, the service is quick and friendly, and best of all, the prices are great! Affordable and great food! What more could you ask for?? You must try!
This is the way authentic Pho is supposed to be. The food here is fantastic. In Vietnam, many places use oxtails to make the soup base. People who say that Pho is greasy don't really know what Pho is about. Try to find a greaseless oxtail to cook with. Now you can understand how silly some of these comments sound.
My Vietnamese Friends and I absolutely love this place. I wish they were not so far away in Richmond. Most Vietnamese like myself live in East Van near Slocan. We can easily walk for Pho. However, every time I go to Richmond I make sure that I visit this place. The place is large and clean...even the wash rooms. There is some ambience and a large screen TV featuring Stage Shows from around Asia.
Try any of the Pho's. The Vermicelli and Rice Combos are great. The Shrimp Paste on a Sugar Cane Stick is truly authentic Vietnamese Food. The Grilled Jumbo Shrimp (Huge) was not bad as well. This place is all about the Pho. It's not really a Vietnamese Sandwich Stop like Ba Le. The cooks and the staff are all Vietnamese. They prepare the food the right way. This is not some Maggi, MSG infused nonsense that's passed off as Vietnamese Food. A quick rule of thumb...if the soup is a little brown, it's not Pho. Go to Pho Queen and try the real thing!!!
Not much to say but the food is better than a lot of Vietnamese places. Service is acceptable. I went for the Raw Beef Noodle and I am very satisfy with it. Soup base is nicely done.
I know it is silly to talk about decor or ambiance in a Vietnamese restaurant but I just couldn't resist making fun of their chandelier. I mean it is the size of a Christmas tree ( 8 ft long ?? ) being turned upside down and nailed to the ceiling. It is absolutely breath taking, Check it out people.
I've been here many times before and I gotta say, each time gets a little worse. Was there for lunch today, had the salad roll and a bowl of pho as did my mom. The soup was really good I thought which is what I go by at a Pho place, but the beef, tendon, tripe etc. weren't too good, not the greatest quality. I've been coming here for a few months and it's still pretty good compared to some other Pho restaurants but just not as good as it used to be.
My husband and I really like Vietnamese place and usually go to Pho Hoa. We tried Pho Queen for the first time awhile ago and loved it. The food was great, we had both the noodles and the lemongrass chicken. It was delicious! The waitress was nice and efficient and most importantly the restaurant is clean, which isn't always the case! I highly recommend trying it as prices are fantastic as well. We ordered about 3 things for under 20 bucks!!!