I don't think there's you can have great Pho but this is one of the few places that does it pretty good consistently.
I usually order the assorted meats with a spring roll and it always hits the spot. The broth is fragrant and I've yet to confirm if there's any MSG in it (quite a few places leave me thirsty, however this one doesn't). The spring rolls are one of the best I've had at a Pho restaurant. The crispy outside skin is my favourite part.
Their dishes are like any other place but theirs tastes just a little better than most around town.
Servers are quite friendly (the owner especially!) and it's fairly clean. Cash only please.
Outside it also says "Spring Roll House" special or something. Inside, for a spring roll specialty place, they sure don't have any choice really. (Large? Or Small?). They were okay, but not amazing.
Pho was okay, but nothing great. Can't remember about the bun bo hue too much here. That stuff IS good, but was not great at this place, certainly not memorable. (Not bad, just not great).
Overall, I'd say if you're in the neighbourhood and have to have pho, it's okay, but not a destination. Of course, there are many other places up and down Hastings as well....
This is my favorite Pho place in the lower mainland. The Pho soup here is clear and not cloudy like other Pho places. Don't come here expecting the best service but the food is specatacular for Pho and I always go bad. The Spring rolls are very yummy and bigger than other Pho places, as well as cheaper.
Definetely recommend this place to true Pho lovers.
I tried this place a couple of days ago and it was good. They have a big selection of pho and lots of other Vietnamese treats. I had the hot and spicy pho which had a nice soup base, tender beef and decent noodles. I got a side spring roll which was excellent. My wife had the combo plate with vermicelli, bbq pork, spring roll and a big deep fried ball of some kind of meat (?). We shared a Vietnamese iced coffee which was average good.
The service was reasonably fast considering the place was packed, but the ambience wasn't great, mostly because of the fact that the place could be cleaner.
Overall, it was a tasty meal at a cheap price. What more could you ask?
Upon recommendation by a friend I went to eat here. Instead of going by his word, I should have read the reviews beforehand.
My expectations arose as I saw that the place was not empty. And for the location it is in, with many other restaurants that also serve Vietnamese, I thought I was making a good choice.
But I was wrong. I had the spring rolls and the pho, both recommended to me. The food was average - I guess I expexted more? But what really bothered me was the low level of hygiene.
Be aware: this place is cash only.
Stopped by here for Lunch on a Sunday. It wasn't too busy at all. Seated pretty quickly. A Renovation of the interior had been done pretty recently, it all looks a lot better. The place had Air Con, which is good for such a hot day. Parking is plenty up front and in the back.
I had the Combo A. It came with a chicken skewer, some white rice, 2 Fried Spring Rolls, and a Shrimp Salad Roll. The Rice was pretty gross, they put too much water. The Spring rolls were great. The Shrimp salad roll wasn't too good, the Shrimp was a little fishy. I asked my friend about hers, she said the same, but, it didn't bother her. Pretty good deal too, was under 10 bucks.
The Pho Noodle she had looked alright, a pretty decent size.
I'd come back to this place. No Frills good eats and great deals as like most Vietnamese Restaurants. I'd go back to this place, I wouldn't give it Rave Reviews, but, I think it's decent fair.
One of my favorites and it hasn't disaapointed me yet!
Nice people man that works there. Very polite.
The advertise to have the best sping rolls in town. They are definately not exaggerating. I usually have rare beef with noodle soup of beef balls with noodle soup. It's great. The broth is wonderful.
The cost is veeeery economical. Love it!
Whenever I'm in the area from some good and cheap Vietnamese...I usually go here for take out lunch. My order...one or two salad rolls with two spring rolls. The salad rolls are filled with bean sprouts and rice vermielli...with sliced Vietnamese ham and cooked shrimp. Also comes with a peanut/hoisin dipping sauce. Pretty good standard stuff. The spring rolls are hot off the deepfryer...the filling is more grinded up than I want but still pretty tasty. Its served with a slightly stronger fish sauce/rice vinegar dipping solution....cuts through the grease!!
My bf and I love to frequent Bao Chau simply for the reason that they have good and cheap eats. I usually order pho bo hue and my bf a large bowl of beef flank pho just great comfort food and perfect for the day after partying way too hard! Spring rolls are to die for! We have tried the rice dishes and they are hearty, meaty, and filling! Service is solid nothing to complain about and ambience is lacking but the food is really what keeps us coming back.
I followed K-Dawg's advice and tried Bun Bo Hue - supposedly a dish which has changed his culinary life... Sorry K-Dawg, as far as I'm concerned you should stay in the pound... I don't know if all Bun Bo Hue is supposed to have a greasy taste to it, but I'll stick to my tried and true pho from now on... Bao Chau does look like a decent vietnamese restaurant though. It was about 70% full on a saturday afternoon and seemed to have a lot of regulars. Service was so-so, as you'd expect. I'm looking forward to returning for the the Pho.
But the food is really freakin' good. I am going to investigate into the Coastal Health thing, but I tend to get plain soup and veggie stuff, so hopefully won't be prone to some of the nastier meat bacteria?? The fact that I will still eat here despite the fact that its atmosphere literally stinks has to tell you something about the food. That, and the fact that it is always busy and they run out of chicken subs most days....and yes, do try the spring roll....
This restaurant has good pho and I've enjoyed the meals here. However, I frequented this place less recently in light of the Vancouver Coastal authority reviews of this place.
I guess what I did previously was eat and try not to think about the kitchen as the cleanliness is something I would think but try not to think about.
On the other hand, I think it's important to support restaurants like Bao Chau as oppposed to McPho's - Pho Hoa.
Went Bao Chau as I thought they may have good PHO. Nothing special. Just run of mill. service was ok as there is not much to do when you prepare pho. I think people go to this place as they are a bit cheaper than other pho places. There are much better places to go for pho Will not go back.,
Went to Bao Chau yesterday after a co-worker had mentioned that this is the best place in town to have Bun Bo Hue (which is a spicy beef/pork round noodle soup dish), named after the famous City of Hue in the former North Vietnam. This same co-worker got me on the dish about 3 months ago and I have been on a mission to every vietnamese restaurant that I go to, to try their version.
Unfortunately, I would not say that this is the best bowl of bun bo hue in the city. It's good, but not the best. There was plenty of meat, both sliced brisket and vietnamese ham (the pork portion) of the dish and even a pork foot/knuckle (which some places have and some others don't...I would rather leave it than take it). The broth was okay, but not spicy enough and it was not hot enough "heat" wise. Out of 10, i would give it a 6.5. The reason why the restaurant got a 4- outstanding for food is because I also got two spring rolls...excellent!!! As I had stated in a previous post, these are the best spring rolls outside of my aunt angie's kitchen.
Bao Chau keeps me coming back to sate my msg/sodium jones. My usual- well-done flank pho(small order is plenty big) isnt generally too fatty and the condiment side dish of sprouts, lime wedge and basil leaves are always fresh. A key point here is the generous amount of basil they give you. Of course, with any pho joint, its the broth that the discerning soup lover key on. At Bao Chao I always find the broth to be clear, moderately beefy, slightly tangy and nicely balanced between sweet and salty.If I have one...um, beef... its that the broth could be a little hotter. However, its a consistently decent bowl of soup that satisfies on a cold, damp winter day. If I'm starved, I order a single spring roll in addition to the soup. They too are generally good. Bao Chao is also clean and the service quick, efficient and friendly enough. Even during a typically busy lunch rush, your pho will arrive in no more than 6 or 7 minutes. A Hastings-Sunrise stand-by.
pho taste just ok.. spring roll is above average. However, just like any other Vietnamese joint around Vancouver this place consistantly overdose me with their MSG.
put me into sleep within 30mins or less.
I ordered the Pho House Special and Spring Rolls and I was filled up with stuff to take home too. The price is also cheap, and who doesn't like decent food at a decent price? :-) The service was kind of slow, but I find that they're often serving a mid to full house, so I don't expect too much in terms of speed. The ambiance is pretty okay. They keep the place clean. The restaurant feels really homey, especially with the (reasonably) close setting and chatty environment. The staff are always friendly and it's just a best-cost experience at Bao Chau.
I love this place and have been going there for over 10 years. I have a hard time enjoying my Pho anywhere else. I am not a fan of spring rolls, so I won't talk about that here.
This place is always packed at lunch. It opens at 11 am though, so you can get here early and be sure to be seated at a table. or come around two. otherwise, if you are dining by yourself you may have to share, and it can be very very noisy.
The small Pho Tai is 6.00. Yes, they did raise their prices in the last few months, but then, the price of everything has gone up in this economy and if it means the restaurant can keep up the quality of its menu, its fine by me. It's still an excellent deal, you might find cheaper pho but not nearly as good.
If you are not familiar with this dish, Pho Tai is noodles, onions and herbs in a clear, fragrant beef knuckle broth. Paper thin slices of raw beef go on top, and the heat of the soup cooks it. First thing i do when the bowl comes is separate the slices so they don't stick together. Then I tuck them under the noodles to cook, stirring the whole thing around a bit. This makes sure they don't stay raw (a review below complained about this, I say, you just don't know how to eat it! or you could ask for your soup to be extra hot, I am sure they would oblige)
Once the meat is cooked i add the bean sprouts, a couple of basil leaves and stir it up again. Taste, add lime as needed and the chili oil hot sauce that's in a jar on ever table. I love this sauce, I think they make it themselves, no other establishment seems to have anything similar. And I love spicy!
There also seems to be no MSG. which is a plus, lots of folks get a reaction from that.
On top of that they keep your glass filled with free hot chrysanthemum tea, or iced tea in the summer. Yes, the owner is friendly as are all the staff. Thats why I love this place!!!
My husband and I have been dining here for over 13yrs now. We have never had bad food, never gotten sick and never experienced any off smells. I have also spent time checking out the coastal healths review of this restaurant. I don't think it's ever been closed.
My family and i have always been well attended to and we will continue to go there over many other restaurants.
i come here quite often, because im in the neighborhood and its good food for a decent price, i always get a side of spring rolls with my order because there that good, if youve never had them before you got to try them.