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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant

4136 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3P7
Tel: (604) 872-3455
Neighbourhood: East Side

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He ain't heavy he's my brother
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

Hello my brother is the standard greeting for people entering this establishment. Food is hot, fast, big and tasty. If you want good value for your food dollar then come here. Parking can be a drag but as you walk from your car you get to experience the neighbourhood ambiance. I have been here 3 times and never have I come away hungry or disappointed.

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One of a kind
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

This is an interesting place. The decor is kind of unusual - yellow and green walls with brown porcelain decorations hanging on the walls. Doesn't exactly fit my taste, but this place is very clean and bright. Food is great - fresh and yummy, large portion, good price and also has a large selection. Service - well, that is interesting too. We were greeted and seated promptly, but as soon as we sat down and were given menus, all the servers disappeared for 10 minutes. We had to look around for someone to get us water and take our order. But once you manage to find someone, service is very courteous, friendly and prompt. In our case, I think the owner himself came to take our order - a very personable fellow who makes you feel right at home. I will probably come back to have their great food and to experience this unique place again.

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Friendly owner, ample portions
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 1:45am [Dine in]

Having foregone breakfast and lunch we made a stop here for an early dinner. The moment the owner saw us as we entered he cheerfully greeted us and immediately I recognized him from a prior visit at their old location.

My friend and my gf ordered their bowls of pho while I had my lemongrass chicken over rice, I had an extra shrimp salad roll for myself and we split a plate of spring rolls. The broth was a dark, cloudy soup with good body, but a bit too much msg than I'd like. Your usual meats and noodles present, the rice noodles a little broader than norm. My dish was all meat and rice - a thick, large piece of chicken with the lovely skin still in tact. Subtle lemongrass flavour, perfectly cooked topped with some fried green onions. My salad roll was fresh, with well cooked shrimp and a great peanut sauce for dipping. The spring rolls are large, with a nice, minced filling and crispy skin but a little oily due to the loosely assembled rolls. Prices are just a little bit higher than the norm but the portions easily make up for it. Big menu with quite a few other items (ie: curries) you wouldn't find at a similar outfit.

We had I believe the son doing our table service. Friendly enough but you could tell he did not want to be there, but did everything asked of him. I won't fault him for it as he did as good a job at any comparable place.

Typical decor with some kitschy knick knacks, it's not without its charm.

Ample choices, ample portions and fairly solid. Not much to argue about.

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good pho joint
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 2:16am [Dine in]

had dinner here yesterday with a friend. Was pretty good, ordered pho with meatballs and rare beef, as well as the shrimp salad rolls and imperial prawn.

Pho had pretty good broth, the salad rolls were good but nothing special, but the peanut sauce that came with it was above average. The prawn imperial was good, but didn't wow me. There was a good amount of meat in the pho, but I found the bowls too big for the amount of noodles/meat in it.

Service was quick and friendly but a little sparse. Value wise, they are a pretty good deal, but around the same as other Vietnamese places.

The restaurant seemed clean, and was pretty nice for a pho place. Would be back if in the area, but its hard to find parking near this restaurant.

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Great Pho, Great Service
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

Tried this Pho place after reading good things about it online. The menu is large and very impressive. The Pho is very tasty and reasonably priced. I also asked for extra noodles and received it with a smile from the friendly server.

The spring rolls were very big in size and freshly made, I will definitely be returning. I recommend this Vietnamese restaurant to anyone looking for a good deal on Pho.

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Mmm Mmm Pho!
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:27am [Dine in]

I had a hankering for pho on my way home the other day and decided to stop in here, based on the previous positive reviews. I'm so glad I did.

The owner was there when I walked in and, as stated, he is extremely friendly. I told them I wanted some takeout and they invited me to have a seat and peruse the menu. I ordered the rare beef pho to go. The first thing they asked is: "are you going to eat it right away, or save it for lunch tomorrow?" Awesome! Soggy noodles suck, so they pack everything separately if you want to reheat your meal the next day.

Turns out I ate it when I got home, and I loved the little baggie of garnishes they included: fresh sprouts, fresh lime wedge, chili, and kaffir lime leaves. Everything fresh!

The pho was delicious. Hot, tasty, light yet filling. The broth was so rich and flavourful. The beef was tender and perfectly finished in the hot broth. Noodles were awesome. Think Vietnamese comfort food.

The ambiance of the restaurant is certainly... unique. Actually, I was very amused for the 3 minutes I stood waiting for my food. It is uber cheesy; decor, music, the whole nine. But very clean, which is the most important thing IMO.

This is a no-frills restaurant with great food and excellent service at a good price. Will definitely return for more pho!

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Hello my super friend!!
By Trevor of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Yes, I completely agree with the previous reviewer... I've been going here way before they moved from Cambie & King Ed. The owner is one of the most friendly I've ever met. If you're one to not enjoy the owner being super-chummy with you, then best you avoid the place. Every time I'm there, he refers to me as his "super-friend" or "brother", pats me on the back and is always just short of sitting down with me and my gf.

Food: excellent portions, always have difficulty finishing everything. Their Vina combos are great- good variety & they'll do substitutions with no problem. Haven't tried their pho yet. The hot & sour soup (w/prawns) is AWESOME! Love the dip that comes with the salad rolls. Good value all around.

Ambiance: not that impressive but doesn't bother me. Bright, clean. They have a little tv in the corner usually on a sports channel.

Definitely worth trying out for yourself.

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Great spring rolls and friendly staff
By CRSKNG of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

The food there is pretty amazing. The clients are all loyal customers whom I see frequently when I go by there. The owner always says hello my friend and other pretty corny lines and everything. It is a good place to have a bowl of pho and a spring roll to kick it. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are nothing but awesome.

The only downfall of this place is the decor, it looks very out dated but the food is amazing. I go for the food and service, not for the appeal of the restaurant. The food will do more than make up for the lack lustre look of the place.

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Our favourite Vietnamese place, my friend
By Grits of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

Although there's a neon sign in the window that says Cambie noodle, it's actually called Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant. Go figure. I have no idea why some of the reviewiers had poor service. Ours has always been lovely and friendly, bordering on the ridiculous. The food has always been wonderful, no matter what we've tried...the pho is flavourful but subtle. The raw beef is our favourite pho, as it cooks in the broth at the table. The wontons are a must-try. The Vietnamese coffee is a perfect finish!

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Solid Vietnamese food place
By waikiki of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 10:29am [Dine in]

I went to the restaurant (which only says 'Vietnamese' on the signboard) with 2 family friends who have been there twice before on a Sunday afternoon (1-ish pm). The owner was so friendly it took me aback for a moment or two. He responded well to all our inquiries. The decor was not too bad - not fine dining level, but they definitely spent some time decorating the place. At that time, the restaurant was about 2/3 full.

My friends ordered some vermicelli soup or something which I forgot to try because I was busy taking pictures. They seemed pretty happy with the food. I ordered the pho with rare beef and tripes which I thought was very good even though I was not very hungry - the soup was flavourful but not exceedingly so and the beef was very tender and juicy. We also shared an order of roll dip (which is just deep-fried spring roll) and some skewer/spring roll combo on vermicelli, which were very tasty as well. I especially loved the fiery red (with the spiciness to match) chili dipping sauce they have which reminded me of a similar sauce we used in (non-fried) spring roll at grandma's place back home (M'sia).

All in all, a very pleasant dining experience. The owner was kind enough to show me the way to get to the flea market. I experienced nothing whatsoever described in the negative reviews. I shall return.

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Best Vietnamese Restaurant I've visited.
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 10:11am [Dine in]

I used to go to Cambie Noodle Soup (as it says in the window) with my roommate all the time and I was sad to see that it disappeared when they built King Edward station. However, after I was pleasantly surprised to find it at it's new location on Main St. The owner is SUPER friendly and everyone I've brought here has been most entertained during the meal. Good variety on the menu including the usual grilled meats, spring rolls, vermicelli and rice dishes that you find in most Vietnamese restaurants but with generous portion sizes. The pho is also excellent with good quality thinly sliced beef - as it should be. Most of the reviews here sum up what a great place this is so I don't have too much to add. The decor is a bit cheesy but it's bright and clean so I'm OK with the array of plastic plants. Stop in for a steaming bowl of soup or one of their combination plates, some salad rolls and an iced coffee and you won't be disappointed with the experience.

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I'm going to join the chorus of Hello My Brother!
By TimOnMain of East Van (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 1:34am [Dine in]

Best pho spot.Been going there for almost 3 years now and my girlfriend and I love it.Brian(the owner) is always super friendly and so is his wife/partner.Food always comes hot and quick.They only do one size of pho but its always plenty.The beef ball version is my choice and always comes with lots of them and plenty of noodles and basil.They also do really tasty salad rolls and the fried roll dips are good too.
Pretty nice atmosphere,could do without the tv,but even then he offers me the remote!!!

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Very Good food and friendliness!
By Dragonsign of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:40am [Dine in]

Used to go to this restaurant when it was on King Ed & Cambie before they moved to Main St. Haven't been for awhile but went with several friends the other day. Walked in and was greeted immediately by the Owner with "My Brother". Same as before!

Our party of 7 ordered all different items and everything was good. Fried pate, steamed rolls, deep fried wontons, slad roll, lemon grass chicken, pho and my favorite Hot Pot Chicken Rice. Also they have appy size plates for some common items like spring rolls, prawm imperial and others that is just the right size when there are only 2 people dining. Sometimes you want to try something and the regular size is too big to order.

All the food was delicious, freshly made, tasty and hot. Service is good and friendly. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and we will be back often.

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Entertainment book?
By jdurales of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 12:21am [Dine in]

After reading the reviews below regarding the Entertainment book, I was a bit hesitant to try it out for myself. In anycase, I had the coupon unused yet so I decided to give it a shot. I mentioned to them the coupon not after the meal but when I was ordering. Well I thought everything was fine until I got the food. The proportion that they gave me and my friend were roughly 2/3 the size that it should be. How do I know? Well, I just looked at the next tables and their sizes were the regular size. Ours was the kid's version it seemed. I figure that if they do offer entertainment book coupons, then they should honor it and give their customers the full size. If not, they should just stop having their coupon in the entertainment book altogether.

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Damn best vietnamese place EVER!!
By okayisay of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

Straight up, I come here a few times a week and love the experience. The best pho, the biggest skewers and rice/vermicelli portions in Vancouver. They give you really big portions of beef in the pho that will leave you very satisfied. The soup is to die for, it's awesome. This restaurant has left e pretty speechless, just try it, you will not forget it!!

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The friendliest owner you will ever met
By monkeypie of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

The #1 reason to go to this place is the guy who owns it is by far the most friendly, hilarious dude I have ever met. He calls everyone "my friend, my super-friend or my brother" and sings loudly to the cheesy mixed tape playing. Even though we maybe go to this place every few months he always remembers us and says across the place "hey!!!! my friends!!!! long time no see!!!!!!" (some may find it annoying..especially if you dont like people you dont know calling you their friend, but i think its friggin funny and trust me, he grows on you) He randomly gives out a card for free beers or free pop. I first went to this place when it was a hole in the wall on cambie st. and now its a bit bigger on main st.
The food is cheap and pretty good..I get the veg. combo (salad roll with good peanut sauce, spicy veggie curry and rice, veggie rollups) and my boyfriend gets one with beef bruschette, prawns imperial, vermicelli, and pork rollups. Portions are big, cant ever finish it.
The decor of this place is cheesy - bad music softly playing and tacky decorations but it almost adds to its charm.

You cant help but leave this place with a smile on your face.

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Delicious Authentic Vietnamese Food
By chica of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

First of all, the food here is soo tasty and the dishes are hugely portioned. I ordered the LemonGrass Chicken w/no skin and fried rice, no extra charge for fried rice, and the chicken sans skin still tasted like lemon grass. Also ordered the beef vermicelli, and it was also well-flavoured. As for service, everytime I go there, I received excellent service from the owner and his wife, as they are always caring and they always put their customers first. Also, I don't think the tables are actually that bad, I tend to find booths cozy and it also gives people some privacy. If you are a picky food critique, you can always just order take-out, or eat at McD's.

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Hello My New Fav Viet Restaurant!
By Martini_Man of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

WOW!

The owner is really friendly and unique! Loved the menu, the ambiance
was above average for a Vietnamese Pho place...

They have tons of variety, lots of Pho, unique appies, hot pots,
brochettes, Asian drinks and deserts... Pictures of everything on the
menu...

Our Pho and food came hot and in a reasonable time... The broth was
tasty and fresh, with the perfect amount of meat and noodles... The
Imperial Prawns were also perfect...

The place was very clean, and itr lived up to ALL of the positive
reviews I read here...

Try it, you WON'T be disappointed!

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What more can I say?
By technicality of South Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

Everyone else has mentioned the lovably eccentric owner, and the gaudy decor from the 80s.

Food: Its a place we go to for light meals and snacks. Usually consists of the shrimp salad roll, rarebeef/beefball noodle, and maybe a combo. The shrimp salad rolls are ALWAYS fresh and the rice roll skin is never dry or odd-tasting. There is one tick about the noodles, however. Do not order the noodles with beef for takeout. Beef does not do very well in styrofoam containers.

Service: Their service has always been a little on-off. I can't blame them for being slightly forgetful when it gets a little busy, however. It all depends on who's working with the owner. The older lady is very nice, but she WILL forget if you don't remind her for things.

Value: Overall its like any other Vietnamese restaurant when it comes to prices. The only difference, really, is the the size of the portions and the freshness.

Ambiance: I don't think I need to get into that.

Overview: Its a favourite spot. We'll always come back, mah brudda!

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good Entertainment Book outing
By Jude of Mount Pleasant (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

This place is actually called Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant (in phone book as such) and is located just past 25th & Main. I'm just sayin'...

We used the Entertainment Book coupon this week and had a combo plate. Both came with vermicelli; hefty pork skewer (alas, overcooked, quelle disapointing); roll dip; and crepe rolls (with ground pork inside.)

My combo came with the Prawn Imperial and my husband had the prawn skewer. The Imperial roll was nice, but nothing fancy, I should have gone for the plain prawns which were anything but...huge, grilled and tasty. My husband gave me one (he likes me he really really likes me!) His fancy combo was $13.99 mine I believe $10.99.

We'll probably go back if we have another coupon, or for lunch, but gadzooks the place is odd and the service fairly atrocious. The menu is vast and the food is above average but things are a bit hinky.

Service (for lack of a better word) was surely by the owner's son who put the lack in lackadaisical. He really did not want to be there and it showed.

Dad-the-Owner showed up and was very friendly to the many three people who showed up for pickup.

A huge WTF at this restaurant is the seating. Egads I have never been more uncomfortable in my entire life. The bench seating which exists in 90% of the place leaves a HUGE gap between where one is sitting and the edge of the table. I swear it was a foot deep. It was too absurd for words.

Anyhoo, I would visit again. Probably. At least to see if they have a lunch combo at a good price. But I'll try to sit at one of the few tables that seat 12 which have actual chairs.

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