I really like their dishes here, the price is good, and the service is fast...but it's not the cleanest place! Sometimes the place smells funky. I've gotten sick there once before too...but still go when I crave for good pho :P
after hearing my friend talk about this place all the time, i finally decided to try it. their sandwiches were sooo good, there was so much meat!! service is pretty fast too. and the people were really nice. a good place to go if you're looking for cheap GOOD nammer food.
Well this is the place where me and my friends go all the time. I come here once a week. The pho is second best in town and I would know since i eat a lot of pho. There is some inconcsistency with sizes and there is a couple of times where i got so much meat that I thought they gave me a double serving. Their springrolls are some of the best as well. The only major problem is its soup temperature. Sometimes it is hot sometimes it is just warm. WARNING dont ever order the raw beef because 9/10 times, their soup is not warm enough to cook the meat.
Otherwise, this place is great and at a competitive price.
We've been going to this restaurant for over 10 years, probably an average of 20 or more times a year, and have found the food to be consistently good - the measure of a good Vietnamese restaurant is how many Vietnamese people eat there and it is always packed lunchtime and early evening with Vietnamese people, mainly young couples and families in the evenings and workers at lunchtime, getting their home cooking fix. The rice dishes are outstanding, great and authentic flavours and marinades and perfectly cooked rice: I have to disagree with the previous reviewer as we have tried and enjoyed all the grilled meats and never had a bad experience - my wife is Vietnamese and we've eaten in just about every Vietnamese restaurant in the Greater Vancouver area and we always go back the Bau Chau for comfort food and judge new restaurants by the Bao Chau yardstick. The pho dishes are good though they do use msg which is a minus for me. Desserts, especially the Che Bau Mau, are great. Service is fast, friendly and efficient and the owner and his wife always take the time to check that you have enjoyed your meal. Spotless after a recent facelift, this is one of our favourite family restaurants and our kids now bring their friends here for good value, authentic Vietnamese food.
We usually drop by for pho at least once a month.. the people that run the place are friendly and service is fairly prompt. However in the last couple of visits, we've noticed the spring rolls are smaller with less filling and the large sized pho is just a tad larger than the regular pho.. and it was upsetting when they stopped serving mi bahn.. but overall, the food is pretty good and worth a visit.
I always find myself waking up to days of craving Bao Chau pho. It's the best pho in the city. I really mean it! They have others things on the menu that are delicious too like their famous spring rolls or their pork chops on rice. Mmmmm. The service is only good if the owner is serving you, otherwise it can be off sometimes. Getting orders wrong or having to wave your arms in the air to finally get one of the servers attention. You get what you pay for and more...very good sized portions and always fresh. The place is indeed due for some renos, but that's ok i don't go for the ambience, i go for the darn good food!
We tried this place the other day after reading reviews here, and this is the first place I've been to where I actually liked the pho. Usually my husband gets the pho and I get the combo noodle plates everywhere we go because the broth in the pho never tastes very good to me. But I tasted his broth here and I really liked it, and next time we go I will try my own bowl of pho.
As others have said, the place could be cleaner.
Bau Chau is my most favorite Vietnamese restaurant! The food is consitent from pho to their rice dishes and don't forget about their spring rolls! Item lucky #13 pho well done beef, tripe and tendons with an add on of beef balls yummy! Btw great job on the renos and brand new dinning tables and chairs! Easily one of the cleaniest Vietnamese restaurants in town!
I've tried alot of pho places and I've found both the quality of the broth (clear, not murky or oily, no msg taste/after effect) and the meat (fresh beef balls, great rare beef) to be excellent. Unlike a previous review I believe the small and large pho's to be consistent and great value. The beansprouts, thai basil and limes are almays fresh. I find the service to be efficent and very friendly, unlike some other Vietnemese places. The spring rolls are generally good, only once or twice in 3 yrs of frequenting this place have the rolls or broth been below their high standards. While Iove their pho, I don't like their grilled meat dishes. I find the marinade they use on the pork and chicken really not to my taste, I go to other restaurants for grilled pork and lemon grass chicken.
Oh, they've also had a renovation recently, the place now sparkles and is very clean.
I lived a block away from this place for a year and I ate there quite often. The food is good not great but the spring rolls are excellent. I crave them quite often. I give the food 4 stars for the spring rolls alone. The rest of the food I would give 3 stars. The place is not much to look at but I usually get take out anyway. The owner is quite friendly and I have always had decent service there. The prices are very reasonable.
Food Rating: The broth in my noodles were salty, and felt watered down to increase the volume of the soup, while avoiding to make more. Savings on operating expenses I suppose. Also, there was a hair in my soup, enough said.
Service Rating: Slow to clean the tables, and the tables are sticky. A dirty cloth isn't going to fix everything.
Value Rating: Raised their prices, which is unjustified since I do not want to pay extra, for the extra topping in my soup. (the hair)
Ambiance: Has a feeling of a home, a dirty one. Sticky tables, and sticky sauce bottles.
My friend introduced me to this place a while ago and I have been addicted to their pho and spring roll. Better than a lot of the other pho places i have been to and i have been to a lot of Vietnamese restaurants. Prices are still very decent, although I do agree with the previous reviewer, could use a reno. But I still drive all the way from oak and marine just to get my pho fix from them.
We've frequented Bao Chau for a few years now. It's where I get my Vietnamese ice coffee fix. All their noodle soup dishes are good value. Price has gone up a bit, but still good soups. They made good sandwiches also, so very disappointed when they took that off the menu.
There other noodle and rice dishes are great. Our kids love the salad rolls, spring rolls are OK-bit too oily for my liking.
They didn't spend too much on ambiance and the place could be cleaner, but I've experienced worse. Not sure why they have the TV with the fireplace looking set-up. Just a couple of small changes would make the place look better. Food and service is good, even when it's really busy.
We also order take out once in a while and it's always been good.
This place has THE best springrolls in town, beautifully blistered and crunchy, yet chewy at the same time, savoury and delicious. Their lemongrass chicken is the perfect blend of spices and their huge bowls of pho are yummy and salty.
The owner is friendly though the service isn't always brilliant perhaps because they're always so busy, but they are well worth the wait.
House of spring roles? SAYS WHO? You must like cheap fillers inside a wrap and deep fried in old oil. Yellow wrapping paper hides old oil and I can taste everything except the srping roles. The soup was like any other chain restaurants, nothing special. The restaurant had enough neon signs to replace a nail salon. I give everyone a second chance and I can say no changes will be made on my review.
well this was one weird experience. i admit im pretty young to be on sites like these but i just love food. sure the food was not bad here but i hated the attitude/service given towards me and my friends just because we're high school students. sure we're "young" but damn honestly it doesnt hurt to give some respect to your customers. geez i couldve just buses up to Pho 66 instead which is only 5 min bus ride away. =) i'm never going back there again.