As noted by the other reviewers, the owner's personality and nostalgic background music make this place memorable. If you're looking for tongue-in-cheek authentic vietnamese, this place is it. The only thing upstaging the enthusiastic greeting is the top notch pho. Deep, rich broth, quality meat, and fresh greens.
Judging by the reviews on here, maybe my experience was just one of their off days. My observations:
1) It was very quiet when I was there - right at lunchtime too - so that sent off some warning bells to begin with.
2) They are cheap. The owner actually shook his head and scowled at us when we presented the Entertainment book coupon for our meal. It felt as though we had done something wrong by using it when it was their choice to be in the Entertainment book to begin with, right?
3) The food value wasn't great. I got basically a bowl of noodles and 2 spring rolls for $6.99. They also tried to give us one bowl of sauce to share between 2 people instead of 1 bowl of sauce each as picture in the menu.
4) The server slammed down the cheque and was rude after finding out we had a coupon. She also shortchanged us by $2.
I've eaten at this restaurant for many years, but only three or four times. The food has always been decent but the last time I went the food was outstanding.
Probably the best shrimp salad roll I've ever had! Pho was great as well as the pork brochette. Won Ton soup was only ok.
The owner is nice and definitely harmless but his high energy act can be a bit exhausting, I didn't mind but my girlfriend found it a bit much.
Overall very enjoyable food and I can't wait until my next visit.
Who wouldn't keep on coming back to this Vietnamese food joint? I just wanted to add to all the rave reviews this restaurant gets. Who would have thought you can actually get good, friendly service at a Vietnamese restaurant? That's why we keep coming back to this humble place. The owner is just so entertaining! The combo dishes are a great value and the pho is good! Gotta try their vietnamese coffee as well! YUM!!!!
Great food for the price you pay - it's relatively cheap, fast and tasty. The menu is large and there is no shortage of selections. The lighting is a bit bright but the decor is fairly unique. Had the prawn on sugar cane which was quite tasty. Also had a combo platter which was quite filling. Would recommend for quick cheap eats.
Food-wise: Pho is perfect comfort food for our often cloudy and wet region. I usually just get the rare beef pho. Soup base is good and noodles are cooked just right. Just wished there was a bit more noodle. But heck, free first refill of noodle.
Service-wise: Great owner who is a very nice guy. He seems a little over-the-top for the unacquainted. But once you get to know his style, you learn to really appreciate his enthusiasm. He even gave us money to pay for the parking meter once.
Ambiance-wise: Cheesy, but not run-down or anything. Come with your friends or family if just want a nice casual meal.