I used to often order vietnamese sandwich/subs for takeout from here as they are well priced & flavourful with enough variety to choose from. I have yet to try their noodles, which I fully intend to do on a day when I'm planning to do laundry right away & can go jacket-free since the smell of pho broth & grilled goodness is very much present here. It clings to the clothes with just going in to pick up our takeout orders. I have tried the lemon grass chicken dish from here before and though it's nothing exceptional, it's still flavourful. Again, that was a takeout experience.
The woman who's usually running the place (the times I end up going, she's the only one working or on occassion, there's one other) but she did mention that the Kingsway is their 24hr location while they don't open for 24hrs here... The Broadway store next to Shao Lin Noodles was sold long ago so it's just very similar in name, but not the same...or so we were told by her.
The room looks relatively clean as does the peak into the kitchen where she preps the sandwiches visible while standing around waiting for the order.
I was not impressed with the decor as I walked in. It consisted of garish green and pink neon signage for the most part and looked like something out of a bad movie. Service was okay but one of the servers didn't understand English so well and almost took our order down incorrectly. Menus were clear and presented in English, Chinese, and Vietnamese with some accompanying pictures.
We ordered two different soup noodle dishes, a standard rare beef pho and a spicy beef brisket noodle. Both came out piping hot but tasted only average or below average. My wife thought the soup was a bit too salty but that's pretty subjective as I thought it was fine. Portion were acceptable for the price which was around $6.50 each.
They do offer a variety of rice dishes as well but I didn't try those. Maybe someone can try it and let us know as I am unlikely to return.
I've only been here twice so I haven't tasted the menu extensively. True, the decor is nothing special. The lighting is purplish and there are about 5 tiny TVs in the room.
I got the chicken rice noodle n soup both times, ~$6 for a small bowl which is actually more like an average person's big bowl. The soup is somewhat salty but savoury, and the portion will definitely fill you up. I also tried the spring roll once and it was good. On a side note, I really like the tea that they serve, it's much more fragrant than the kinds you get at other restaurants.
Overall, I would come here again and also would recommend it to others.
I work around the area so one of our regular restaurants to enjoy good Pho is here at Gold Train. My boyfriend's Vietnamese so he has some picky taste when it comes to the food. We normally eat here (Order a #30 (noodles) and a #100 (coffee) and it's a cheap good meal. The owners here are very homely people. Although they don't speak much English, they recognize us and treat us like regulars. Love the food here, always come back. I just don't like the neon lights, but you get used to it.
This is a small Viet Restaurant located in Marpole.
My boyfriend and I decided to try the subs since we wanted something cheap. If you take-out, it's $3 for a sub. We both had the Chicken sub which was flavourful!!! The sub consisted of: Cucumber, Pickled Carrot/White Carrot?? Radish, Hot Peppers, and Stewed Chicken all wrapped up a surprisingly fresh French Roll with butter.
If you eat in, the sandwiches are $3.25. I think it's worth it to support this small business! It looks like a real mom 'n pops kind of joint as there was only one guy serving, working the cash register, and prepping the food. Perhaps there was another staff member in the back.
Since Subway is across the street, and you can get a 6" sub for $3, I'd rather go here when I want something different than the traditional sandwich.