Chopsticks on Pho is the first Vietnamese Noodle House which has an open kitchen concept where you can see the staff chopping veggies and making Pho right before your eyes! Featuring popular Vietnamese comfort foods like savory "Pho" beef noodles soup and many other healthy dishes like fresh paper wraps salad rolls using only fresh & hand-picked local ingredients by the chefs every morning!
Ever had pho? Probably not with this price tag attached. You may walk in, balk at the price and start thinking "there's a million and one pho places in the Lower Mainland, why on earth am I here?!" Don't be thrown off, though! You're getting what you pay for, and that's high-quality food, great ambiance (especially compared to the usual Pho restaurant) and very personable service. The owner takes time to not only check on you, but introduce himself and none of it comes off as phony. He seems like a great guy, and I hope his place succeeds (it wasn't very busy when I stopped by, but that WAS dead in the afternoon).
The pho is outstanding. I've tried it a few times elsewhere, but the broth here, as well as the noodles... put in a little hot sauce and you've got it perfect. I loved it. The Vietnamese sandwich was delicious too, and I'd recommend the Vietnamese-style espresso over ice, if you're sleepy. It's very good.
I love the decor, too! It's kind of pho-style, if you've been before, where there are lots of cafeteria tables with the hot sauce and sweet sauce, and you order at the counter and they bring it out to you. Very communal. The decorations are spartan but engaging, and it's a fun place to look around.
Alas, this all comes at a hefty price, for pho. I'm used to going in and paying $6-7 for a big bowl, but here it's upwards of $10. The sandwich is another 8, and for two with the coffee I was above $20! For pho!
But hey, maybe I'm just being a huge cheapskate. I'm just not used to pho costing this much, but then again, I'm not used to it being this good!
First thing I noticed about the food was how fresh the ingredients were. Something you don't often see at other Pho restaurants. There stuff is priced a bit more but it is worth it. There spring rolls are amazing, put all others we've tried before to shame. Decor is modern and a nice change from what you often get in the subarbs. Owners give great service also. Definitely a good spot to eat all round!
We live in Vancouver. I came from a French and Vietnamese background so I am pretty much grew up with Pho!
The thought of driving across the bridge for a bowl of Pho (paying the $6 toll for a return trip) is not really my forte!
However, after much convincing from our friends who kept saying you gotta try our favorite Pho place, you gotta try so we finally agreed!
Wow! "Wow" is an understatement!
Let me start by the greeting. The most warm and welcoming greetings we have ever had. And it is from the owner himself! We sat down and offered a very nice selections of tea. Mind you, you have to pay for tea.....
We both had the tasting platter which is like the taste of Vietnam. You get to sample all three different skewers of chicken, pork, prawns and they are marinated to perfection! My favorite is lemongrass pork balls! So yummy and juicy! The platter also came with salad rolls and crispy springrolls and lots of rice noodles and fresh vegetables. We also had the lemongrass Banh mi Vietnanese sandwich. Love the house sauce that came with it!
Moving on to the Pho! This is what we came for. Possibly one if not the best Pho broth we ever had in a longest longest time! Did I tell you I grew up with Pho? And I know my Pho!
However! It is not the food that made an impression. It is the service you get here. It is the type of feeling that you only get when you come to your friends house for dinner where they cook for you with love and passion. Ya that kind of feeling!
The restaurant is beautiful! Spotlessly clean and the music is so jazzy and relaxing!
OK! Should we repeat? WE LIVE IN VANCOUVER AND IT IS WELL WORTH THE DRIVE !!!
All these reviews saying "Kingsway cheaper, price too high" If you want cheap, look for the Golden Arches. I come for the flavors, the friendliness and the tranquility. Look at the floor, the ceiling, the chair your sitting on. ALL spotless and sanitary. Steve and Lynn have put their hearts in this family business and their love in their food.
This is my 2nd visit in a week and trying to make excuses every day to go to this little strip mall. My first visit, the greeting when I walked through the door was warm and friendly. Asked if my first time in, I assure Steve and Lynn that it was. I also asked for them to suggest something as I was starved. "Any allergies?" No, I am completely at your mercy.
That day, I had "The Works" and a side of crispy roll. When it arrived, my senses were greeted with aromas always heard about but never seen.. until then.I will not lie, I almost licked the bowl out!
I made a excuse to stop today and just walked through door and Lynn greets me.... by name. Steve comes over, shakes my hand and sincerely wishes myself and my wife good health (My wife is a terminal cancer patient, and Steve sent her last week prayers and 2 springrolls, which she loved)
Today was the Beef stew lunch special with coconut milk, rice, pickles FRESH veggies and cucumber / lettuce.OK, if you want to experience total taste satisfaction, you have to make a trip here.
My sister and I brought my little 14 month old baby niece here for the first time after reading all the great reviews on line and it is true to every words. We were greeted promptly by the owner himself and he's already had the baby high chair in his hands for niece before we even need to ask.
He insisted that we sat down and gave us a full service instead of standing up order from the menu boards like other customers because my sis has a small baby. The Pho soup is outstanding with absolutely no MSG as I would know because I am allergic to it. Given it is a Pho restaurant, they serve the best lemon grass chicken Vietnamese sandwich I've ever tasted anywhere else. You must try it!
However the most notable mention is the service we received here. My niece liked to play with chopsticks and spoons and also made rather a huge mess with ice and water all over the floor. She even accidentally knocked off her apple juice bottle we brought from home. To our surprise Steven (the owner) came out with a bottle of apple juice and gave it to my niece. I am still touched as writing this not because we got a free bottle of apple juice but because we were treated with utmost care and understanding as Steven mentioned that he also has small children of his own.
Thank you Chopsticks on Pho for putting your customers first!
I travel a lot on business and pho is the comfort food that keeps me going on the road. It's quick, relatively healthy, expense account friendly, and I can get it to go if I have worked piled up at the hotel. I've got my favorite pho shops staked out in every city...except here at home in the lower mainland! I'd given up trying to find a decent place south of the Fraser. When my wife said "I've got to take you to this new place I've found", my expectations were pretty low but I'm always game to try a new place.
I was more than pleasantly surprised. Chopsticks on Pho is definitely not your seedy Kingsway gang-banger hang-out serving oleaginous broth filled with parts of animals that have no business in my belly. If it weren't for the menu, you'd not instantly guess this was an Asian restaurant. It looks more like a hip urban bistro, and the other reviews here that mention "zen-like" are pretty much spot on - it's trendy but spare, with clean lines, open spaces and muted colours. Rather peaceful and spotlessly clean.
The menu is also fairly spare but should be considered a work in progress. A couple of items have been added since we started coming here - like chicken pho. The management is definitely open to feedback here. The pho itself is very solid - not as quite as savory as I would like but showing a lot of attention to detail. The vermicelli is never overcooked, the broth is never oily, the meet - whether beef or chicken - always has the fat trimmed off, and the sprouts and basil are fresh and plentiful. Is if more expensive than Kingsway? Yes, but it really isn't competing with other pho shops so much as it is with Cactus Club, Milestones, etc. I'm happily paying the extra dollar or two for the decor, food quality, service and CLEANLINESS.
A final word about the staff: I've never met a friendlier owner! He personally greets you by name when you come in and thanks you when you leave. It's the perfect final touch to an enjoyable dining experience.
I have been to many Pho places in my life but never once being greeted promptly, then being thanked and even a hand-shake for my business at the end of my meal! But here at Chopsticks on Pho they have done all that and more! They remember my name, my wife and two of my young children's names! They really gone above and beyond to make themself stand out from all the typical pho joints out there. Pho DOES NOT Have To Be "Holes in the Wall Good Food" anymore! as I quote.... ...Pho can be in a beautiful neighborhood, modern decor, impeccable service and super clean yet still good food...and this is what this place is all about..
Sure the price is slighly higher than the average price here but everything I have mentioned above really made up for it.. love this place and we wish them all the best!
Brilliant is the best word (in my opinion) to describe this place! I have never seen a Pho restaurant with an open kitchen concept!! Really enjoyed seeing their staff chopping veggies, wrapping salad rolls, grilling chicken and making my bowl of PHO right infront of my own eyes! Everything is super clean and the service is just simply "brilliant" !!
Super tasty PHO (meat lover pho) and Chicken Satay Vermicelli bowl which we ordered beautifully presented and very "Zen" atmosphere, clean modern bathrooms make up for the slightly higher than average price compare to other typical PHo joints.....Will be back for sure!!
wow! where do I start! I have gone back to this place more than 10 times already since they first opened in August and yes you can call me a "pho-natic" . Every single time I come here I have always left with a great sastisfaction. From the minute you walk in to the minute you walk out they really made you feel special and it is very rare to find such a Pho restaurant like this one that can treat you like you are one of their family member!..I love everything about this place. From the ambiance, decor to the food and espcially their bathrooms! OH man! I might sound crazy but I can literally sleep in there because they are just super clean and for some reason they also "smell" really good! Sorry to say but cleaniness is the first item on my eat out list and this place got it!
Hi there been here a few times. The service is excellent the people are so friendly and out going. I just wanted to let you guys know that you need to add more noodles and food in the large soup portions. I've been to many different Pho places all around Vancouver and they give you a lot for your money. You guys have great portions on the sandwiches but people come there for the Pho so I just suggest you guys upping up the portions a bit for a large bowl. I leave feeling not 100 percent full. Besides that little flaw you guys great!
Simply flawless! I've never done any food review in my life but I am compelled to do so with this new Pho place. They have changed everything you think you've known about Pho. Just recently moved here from Orange County, California where Pho restaurants are a dime a dozen! and I've been to many many Pho restaurants in North America but have to say this is a very first Pho place with a very daring open kitchen concept. You can see their staff chopping veggies and making Pho infront of your eyes and everything is just so clean! Cant say enough about their ambiance and decor but one thing have kept me coming back for more is the service! (Steven) is so warm and sincere working in the front while his wife (Lynn) cooking in the back...Very family-oriented! and the foods are always consistent & amazingly fresh! Everybody is entitled to their opinions about this place so why dont you come and check it out for yourself....
Someone once told me that the best Pho is usually "holes in the wall" type of place and the customers should only be all "Pho-Asian" then you're guarantee a good bowl of PHo!.
So when my co-worker and I came in for lunch one day with the place fully packed with "non-asian" diners we were then a bit skeptical....
Regardless, we were still proceed with our lunch order. My friend had banh mi sandwich and I had beef brisket in spicy lemon grass beef broth aka "bun bo hue". Had to say the food came out so fast which we were thankful for as we only had 45 mins lunch break. I find the broth sweet with a good kick of spicy lemon grass flavor and noodles are soft just right... Service is outstanding..they were thanking us and addressing us by our names and checking on us eventho the resto was busy. Other reviewers had say enough of their ambiance and decor so I am not gonna go there. As for my friend's banh mi it looked huge on the plate but she said she didnt feel full. Perhaps they should pack more chicken in there next time and same goes for my soup. Other than that we are happy. I can safely say that I will come back again I only do so because of their service. They make it very warm and welcoming. They said that they try to remember all of their customers by names so I will see if they remember mine next time I come in...
I came in all by myself today for the first time and decided to do take out instead of eating in. First impression was how mordern, beautiful and clean the restaurant is. Well I guess because it is brand new and the owners must have put a lot of thoughts into it!
When I walked in I know right away it is not a full - serve because of the two big menu boards they have on the wall and also a few customers were standing in line infront of me. For a Pho restaurant I have to say it is not something I have used to. So think of it as a high end fast food which serves Pho. Their menu is short and sweet but they do serve all the popular Vietnamese dishes. Definitely not mind-boggling menu with over 100 items like most Pho restaurants out there.
When it was my turn to order, the front staff asked for my name and also introduced herself which I find very cool because no other restaurants ever care who I am no matter how many times I come in to eat! My order for take out was one classic salad roll and two crispy pork springrolls as I was not in the mood for anything soupy. While waiting for my order I was offered with a glass of ice water. Instead of serving me water straight from the tap like a lot of other restaurants do, I was offered to use a filtered fountain water and right below it was a wooden bamboo bowl with some rocks and flowers...very tranquil and spa like!
While my order was being made, I chose to sit down to sip my water at a very long community table they have right in the middle of the dinning area...very cool! I was really impress with the whole ambiance of the place. Love the huge wall murals... "Nature call" so I have no choice but to use their restroom facility. For this part I would have to give this place 10 points!. They have automatic light, automatic soap dispenser and no more messy towel paper because they have automatic hand dryer. These "guys" are really going green letme tell ya. Well long story short, I came home enjoying my salad roll and crispy springrolls infront of TV. When I opened my take out order, a small hand written "thank you and enjoy with a smily face" on the take out box, this really melt my heart!. I respect that some people find this place a bit more expensive compare to other Pho restaurants but I see why they are because they do add other kind of values beside just foods. I do agree with "Kylia of Vancouver" when she wrote, "if you are only into cheap eats and dont care about other added values then yes this place is definitely not for you!" I love their salad rolls. Try it ! it has a little surprise inside the roll!
My boyfriend is a Pho-lover and he has introduced Pho to me couple years ago when we met and since then we have practically gone together to every possible Pho places in town!
We came in for dinner one night extremely hungry after working out at the Y and just 5 mins before closing and there were just us in the entire restaurant! We were being greeted by a staff (whom we later found out is the owner of the place named Steven whom also addressing and thanking us by our names!). He explained to us that this restaurant has a different concept where you would have to order from two big menu boards on the wall, pay first and they took down your names and call you once your order is ready for pick up from the counter. Ok, this is very different because it is not a full serve restaurant but we were too hungry to care anyway. My boyfriend ordered "The Works PHo" Large which came with rare steak slices, beef brisket and beef meatballs. They do'nt serve Tripe or Tendon here which is a relief because we are not into those stuffs anyway! I ordered "Chicken Satay" on vermicelli bowls and "Helo Avocado" smoothie or something (I dont think I got the name right ) but anyway the presentation was just too beautiful to eat. I took a spoonful of the beef broth from my bf's bowl and was surprised how nice and mild it was. I can tell there is no MSG there because I know my soup! The broth was also very clear with no fat floating on top like a lot of Pho places do. I was also very impressed with the chicken satay knowing that it was all white meat and was it ever soft and tasty! ...with a hint of lemongrass and ginger.
The "hello Avocado" smoothie was to die for! I had avocado shakes before and this is not anything like it. Just pure yummy! Going through our foods like two hungry ghosts we finally had a chance to look at the surroundings after we were able to put our chopsticks down! I have to tell you this place is NOT like any of your typical PHO places. It was too beautiful, too "Zen" , too modern and too clean!. They have open kitchen concept and I love the fact that I can see what was being made infront of my eyes! And again the kitchen was way too clean which made me wondered if they ever cook in there. On to the value, yes it is definitely a bit pricey compare to other Pho places. So if you are only into Cheap Eats or good bang for your bucks and DO Not care about ambiance or cleaniness then this is NOT a place for you! The service was incredible even tho it is not a full serve restaurant. Steven the owner came and checked on us during our meal and for our feedbacks at the end of our meals. We also had a chance to read " A story board" hung on the wall about how Chopsticks on PHo was born. It was a very nice and touching story! We left them couple $$ in their tip jar before we left even tho they didnt ask for it. Thank you Chopsticks on PHo for building such a wonderful PHO restaurant! WE WILL BE BACK!
Maria and I planned on visiting Chopsticks on Pho for their soft opening. Maria's cousin opened this restaurant and asked us if we wanted to check it out. I can never turn down food *sigh*. The decor is very modern. I thought the restaurant was too pretty for a Pho restaurant compared to others. The menu had a small selection of items, but it offered the most popular dishes. The pricing was a bit expensive compared to others. The service was good, but the wait was long. I ordered the "Works" and a "Grilled Lemon Grass Viet Sub". The pho was pretty tasty. The soup base was chicken, and there wasn't any MSG. It was very clear and clean. The "Grilled Lemon Grass Viet Sub" was a bit of a downer. The sub wasn’t stuffed to what I expected. I was able to flatten out the sub to the point where it looked like I was just eating bread. Other than that, it was a pretty good soft opening. This Pho restaurant is the better ones I had been to in Surrey. I definitely need to come back.
I hate to say it, but I'm not a fan of this restaurant. Sure, it's new and clean and pretty, but I'm not eating the decor.
The food was bland and overpriced. The salad rolls were yummy, but paying $10 for two of them is insane. The Pho didn't taste bad, it was just sort of dull and also small for what you pay. This is modern vietnamese....meaning they don't offer much in the way of authentic items. I guess I'm used to, and enjoy, the older style where you can get tripe and tendon in your soup and the broth is super tasty.
The owners/staff are very friendly and nice,so I hate to knock their restaurant. But this place is also mostly self-service. Meaning I had to ask for a water glass, and keep getting up to refill it throughout the meal. If you're trying to have a conversation with a dining partner is can be rather disruptive.
Overall, the food isn't bad it's just overpriced and lacking big flavours. That said I might give them another try later down the line and see if their food has changed at all. They are fairly new right now, maybe things will change.
Came here for lunch the other day as my sister was craving some Pho, and she suggested we check out this new restaurant.
I wasn't in the mood for any soup or subs, so I ordered their vegetarian spring rolls. I have to say, I was pretty disappointed when I received it. Presentation was nice, but I thought to myself "where's the rest of the rolls?" For $8.50 (incl. tax) I expected more. I was given 2 small spring rolls cut up into six pieces. On top of that, it wasn't very tasty, so I felt that my money had gone to waste.
On a good note, when I came in I thought the restaurant looked great. It was clean and very modern looking. Staff was very friendly as well. No complaints there.
If the prices weren't so high, I would give it another shot. For now, I think I'll stick to the other restaurant I go to...