Cuu Long is a Vietnamese restaurant offering dine in or take out.
Oh yes, the drive by made us pass on one previous occasion. Looked kind of sketchy, maybe where some shady characters hang out, but hey, we were feeling adventurous this weekend.
On entry, oh no worry, the 2 staff where friendly, normal looking, dare I say innocent, types :-) and surprisingly, I was not worried about cleanliness (yup, checked out the washroom too). Whew! What a relief! Small yes, but everything seems reasonably clean and well taken care of.
A quick look at the menu and it seems to be different, unlike many other places, there is only about 4 pho on the menu, the rest, some pork-based broth noodles and also pho go, rice dishes and other goodies. We settled on a pho ga, some spring rolls and some udon-noodle dish (okay, I know, not Vietnamese, but that's what it says on the menu and one of our party had a hankering).
Everything came quickly, as expected, with a very, very, very generous helping of bean sprouts. The food itself, very solid. No real complaints about the taste (except the squid in one of the noodle bowls). The soup was good and better yet, if there was MSG, we certainly didn't detect it nor suffer any of the usual after-effects.
It's alway seemingly tricky to find a clean, safe and MSG-free pho place, but this one fits the bill. Seems like some nice people running the place as well, so that's a bonus. Yeah, sure, I would recommend a try and I anticipate some return trips for us as well. Certainly there are some other interesting things on the menu that we've still to try.
Totally different type of Vietnamese restaurant than am I am used to.
Made reservations for 8 and were seated at a small round table. So crowded and the restaurant was empty!!! It would have been better if they put two tables of 4 together . . . just saying!!!!
Dishes were fairly small portions and it all looked the same. Did not like the spring rolls or the fish dish. We ordered a large soup but didn't give us a ladle to scoop it out. Yes, I did ask for one but she looked a bit confused as why we would need a ladle! 6 dishes plus soup came to $85.
Also ordered a sub sandwich and not what we would expect! Eventhough it was only $3 . . . still not worth it.
Service was so-so. We sat there waiting for our bill while the waitress was talking on the phone. Tried flagging her down but she was too into her conversation. Almost gave them a 25% tip . . thank goodness I recounted the money!!!
Definitely do not recommend this restaurant. Try Cambie Vietnamese on Main Street!
I have been going to Cuu Cong for over 17 years and as someone who is hard to please, this is one of the most hidden gems in the city. It is an unassuming little hole in the wall and the decor is nothing to write home about, but the heart and love that this family put into their food keeps me coming back time and time again.
I/We, as my friends have all gotten hooked on Cuu Cong regularly call each other and say the words PHO SATAY! This Pho dish is one of our all time favorites as well as the GIA YO ( deep fried spring roll dishes) the red bean rainbow drink is a must as well.
They have recently introduced a green papaya salad which is also out of this world. Having watched the children grow up before me and now have children themselves, I can only hope that they will follow in the tradition of keeping this hidden gem going for another generation to come.
Tell them Terry sent you!
We have been going to Cuu Long for at least 7 or 8 years now. We love this family run restaurant. Food is great and very inexpensive. Service is always fast and friendly. They are very accomodating with substitutions or adding items on the side to your dishes. All items on the menu are great. When my husband is feeling like having noodles he will order the house special with chicken and beef balls added. He also likes to switch up the noodles - rice noodles with egg noodles added. Our son loves the spring rolls and Combo A - shrimp cake on sugar cane, rice noodles and grilled (flat) meat balls. It is delcious. # 20 the lemon grass chicken is always a favourite with our friends who are not so adventuresome when it comes to dining.
The jack fruit shake is always a popular choice. If you are a coffee drinker try the iced vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. it will give you a jolt!
If you have kids you can bring them here with absolutely no worries. The daughters who serve you will even play with the kids to free you up so you can eat - that is provided it is not too busy. This place can be busy but the turn over of tables is very quick. Food arrives very quickly after it is ordered.
I highly recommend this place. Good food, good people, great prices.
The food is delicious and reasonably priced. I can eat a decent meal for $10 or gorge myself on $20.
My favourites on the menu are the Salad roll, Grilled pork and ground shrimps on vermicelli combo, and the avocado shake. The only thing on the menu I thought was weird and gross was the shredded pork and coconut milk on rice noodles. It was coconut dessert goo on noodles and pork on the side..... not a stir fry of pork in coconut milk like I thought. Too strange for my white mouth. haha
The people are really really nice. My friend accidentally dropped a huge wad off cash after paying and the guy ran up the street after us to give it back. :-)
I was in the neighbourhood and I read about the reviews before and I saw a sign saying "the original owners are back". So I decided to try it out. I usually order what I order which is the Bun Bo Hue. The owner was very friendly. Right when I walked in, they asked how you are and seated you down. I walked in around 9pm and there were still a table of 6 and 5 minutes later more customers walked in. So it's a pretty well known local dining place. A lot of their local regulars dine here. My order came within 10 minutes. I ordered a small and it has a very good portion for a small. There's a lot of meat and noodles. The broth was tasty and not too much msg. It's a good price at $7. If I'm in the neighbourhood again, I'll try other items on their menu.
There are many Pho restaurants in the city of Vancouver. But only a handful of them have great tasting food and excellent service. Cuu Long is one of them. A cozy little restaurant located on Knight street just off of Kingsway. It can be easy to miss if you don’t pay attention.
I had the opportunity to go to Cuu Long on a Saturday night. I walked in at 5:45 pm to a half-filled restaurant and by 6:15 all the tables were occupied. Most of the guests seemed like repeat customers because the waitress knew them by name. The waitress brought me a pot of tea and politely took down my order.
As I was waiting for my food I looked on the walls. One wall was lined with mirrors to make the restaurant appear bigger. The other wall there were pictures of dishes on their menu and beautiful Asian scenery plaques that were very eye-catching.
It wasn’t too long before my food came. I had ordered an avocado shake and a specialty Pho soup which they don’t have at any other restaurants that I’ve been to before. It was called Pho Sate. It had a very nice aroma to it and a even better taste. The soup was infused with ground up peanuts and a curry sauce. It wasn’t too spicy but if you like your Pho with a little kick there are hot sauces on the table that you could add to the Pho Sate. The avocado shake, while not the best avocado shake (that honour belongs to Pho Quynh), was still a very good shake. I just wish it had been in the blender a little longer so it could get a little more creamier texture.
If you ever happen to find yourself hungry and wanting some great tasting Pho, I recommend you look in the nooks and crannies of the Kingsway area. If you find Cuu Long, you will also find that you yourself are in for a treat.
The people at the restaurant were very nice and pleasant to talk to. The food was a different story. The food was not good. I read some the reviews regarding to the best bun in town. My fiancee and I order their speicial bun and banh hoi (which is their specialty);we didn't finished our food even though we were starving. The menu didn't have a lot of variety of Vietnamese or any unique entrees. It was a typical Vietnamese restaurant. The restaurant was small;it was hard to get parking because it was located on the main road (intersection of Knight ST and Kingsway).
This is probably one of my favourite little Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver. The family that owns it are incredibly nice. Food is very good. I almost always order the combo with meat patty and shrimp in sugar cane dish.
I found out about this restaurant when two differend friends recommended it me.
Everything is so fresh! Try some of the fruit shakes or iced coffee on a hot day.