24-hour Vietnamese Pho restaurant
I always thought Asian food, especially Cantonese/Vietnamese would be a safe choice in this city. With the number of family run, authentic joints Vancouver has, I thought one could not go wrong?
WRONG. It was nearing 11pm and nothing much was open (or, everything was closing) and because of all the hush-hush, our stomachs were rumbling for dinner. In our quest to satisfy our hunger, we found this place. We decided to stop here because a) it was open 24/7 b) it was not empty, which made us think it was a safe bet and c) they had pho. I mean, who can say no to pho?
I would consider it to be substandard even for a place that is always open. Not only was it too stuffy and crowded to move around, but we must have been there for a good 15 minutes before we even got out - barely put together - menu. The thing was falling apart. Should have taken it as a foreshadowing, because the food and service was no better. Phos would arrive randomly, mine must have come 20 minutes after everyone else's and asking the server for anything would get you an eyeroll and an attitude. I can understand working late in the night is not the best, but I think we can all agree to put on our best behaviour.
I'll give this one a pass next time.
Had a bite to eat with my two year old (she's almost three).
The ambiance, it is a narrow restaurant, so navigating with a stroller or wheelchair is difficult. We sat near the front by the soda pop cooler. It is not dirty - but not clean either - sort of so-so. It has some neon and mirrors. The spoons are plastic and a weird red colour.
The service was also just meh. I was given one cup of tea (waitress didn't offer my daughter water or anything). I ended up pulling out a sippy cup of water that I have in my diaper bag for my daughter. She took my order, but kept walking away as I tried to order my beverage.
I ordered a small Pho with rare beef and a grilled chicken, spring roll and vermicelli. I asked for an extra small bowl so I could share the pho with my daughter. For my beverage, I ordered a salted lemon soda.
The pho was good. I liked the addition of cilantro. There was plenty of bean sprouts, basil and lemon to add. The other chicken dish wasn't so good. The chicken had little flavour (although it was nice that it was boneless). The spring roll didn't taste very nice (not "off" it just didn't have a nice flavour).
The waitress took a long time to get me the beverage (I ended up reminding her halfway through our meal). I was disappointed in this beverage. It didn't have pieces of salted (preserved) lemon. It was also made with Sprite rather than soda water. It actually just tasted like lemonade with Sprite. I could have ordered a canned soft drink for half the price.
All in all - I was underwhelmed. I might go back for some Pho if I was craving it particularly (especially at some weird hour like 3:00 AM as this is a 24 hour restaurant). I wouldn't bother with any of the other menu items.
BTW - This place only takes cash.
Went to Honolulu cafe for late night congee but they were closing so I tried the Gold Train by default. Food was good but the ambiance sucks. Every nook and cranny has a mirror or neon sign. The cast of characters coming and going made me feel uneasy. More of a Hastings and Main crowd. No one gets a check you just go to the front and pay. Don't know how they pay taxes when no records are kept. Biggest gripe of the night was the way too loud rap music. This restaurant is way too small for the sound system they use. On the way to my car my first thought was "at least I didn't get shot" cuz you kinda get that feeling when you eat here.
I went into GT because I wanted a change from Honolulu, and the nearby Lingering Taste just seemed weird. Mrs. C was with me and we needed some pho to drive away the rain and damp outside. I ordered a rare beef and tripe, and my favourite dining companion had the beef stew with noodles. We also tried the spring rolls and an iced coffee. The spring rolls were overcooked, but otherwise tasted okay. The iced coffee was also acceptable. Alas, the pho was not so good. My pho had no tripe, despite that particular meat being one of the feature ingredients, and it was not hot, so my bean sprouts and rare beef didn't get all the thermal energy they needed. The broth tasted okay, but the noodles were a bit gluey.
Mrs. C's beef stew was slightly better, with savoury chunks of beef that were flavourful but a little too tough. It was not as hot as could be either. Her noodles were reported to be fine.
The restaurant was dirty and the w/c was particularly nasty. I liked the neon, which gave it a festive feel. Actually the mirrors everywhere reminded me of the scene in Enter the Dragon where Bruce Lee fights Shih Kien, the guy with the hand made out of kitchen knives. Obviously if I was thinking about Bruce Lee, the pho wasn't holding my attention...
The service was okay, and I have no complaints there, but some girl in the restaurant kept stairing at me, which could be a good or bad thing depending on why. But I digress. I won't be riding the gold train again since there are so many better choices nearby.
To recap: Not a good pho restaurant.
Came here for some pho one late evening when we were feeling hungry and just driving by after a late night movie run at Metrotown. From the outside, it looked big enough, so when we walked in and saw the small narrow space, it was surprising. Good work with the mirrors.
The floor was a tad filthy with dead house flies spotted in several places and though we weren't seated at the table closest to the bathroom (more like somewhere between the bathroom... hall? and the front entrance up against the wall, so we were about a table away lol. The stench of the filthy bathroom was very present throughout our entire meal. I was really tempted to just get up & leave but we came, so we shall conquer. Since I believe they're still under the same ownership as the Granville location, I've been meaning to give them a try.
The pho was pretty standard & I was too worried about the cleanliness of the kitchen & staff to be able to enjoy the sprouts & the contents of my noodle. I did make sure to order cooked beef rather than my usual raw, etc.
The service was very pleasant whether it was from the older/middle aged guy or the younger one (his son?).
I can easily say I will never be back even if there wasn't another late night place for me to grab a quick bite from to keep me from going to sleep hungry.
I've been to this pho restaurant a few times - but I don't think I would return...unless I was desparate for pho. The pho I've had hear was at best, "eh". First time, my chicken pho arrived just warm (thank god it wasn't a rare beef pho) - which was really hard to enjoy when you're expecting a nice hearty hot bowl of soup. I didn't want to ask for them to reheat it because well, yes I admit...I was scared. The owners(?) all sat at a table in the front of the restaurant and they looked like gangsters! They all sat with one leg up on the chair picking their teeth with toothpicks and spitting! Not approachable at all!
The last time I went, the soup was hot, but the broth very flavorless. The springrolls were greasy. And that was when I decided that would be my last time there.
The restaurant looks much bigger from the outside but when you step inside, you've been fooled by the walls of mirrors.
The one good thing this place has going is that it is open 24-hours, so at any time you crave pho - it's there. Personally, I'd much rather go to Bino's next door.
This place is nothing to brag about. The overall appearance of the restaurant seems a little creepy if you ask me. 24 hour joint.. mirrors.. neon lights. The service is pretty quick, and the waitress usually comes when you need her to refill or take orders. Doesn't take long for order to be done. Nothing to brag about really, never really had a problem with the place.
They could really change up and renovate the place.. and just clean/sanitize everything more often.
As I walked into this place, it gave me a very dirty feeling.
The waiter says "anywhere, anywhere". so we picked out seat and sat down. He threw the menu on the table for us, like we were some dog in a cage. I had a couple of questions about the items on the menu, the waiter answered me that he was in a rush and I was wasting his time.
My lunch came and half way through my main course, my salad roll was not served yet. I asked him, and he yelled at me with great disgust, that it was coming.
Food was okay, but a little tasteless.
I do not think I will be coming back here again.
I made an account just so I can express my anger and frustration with this restaurant. I am just a new 18 year old student living on my own and looking for a cheap place to eat. I am generally a pho lover and decided to stop by this restaurant on Kingsway.
When I first walked in, the young looking man with tattoo just stared at me. Then I said for one and he told me to sit anywhere. He then tossed a menu on the table like I was someone who didn't deserve respect. Afterwords, he gave me a cup of ice water. I could have at least a cup of warm tea. I already knew what I wanted to order, pho dac biet, the usual. The waiter looked like he did not want to take my order and all and I was tempted to just get up and order at the front. It took maybe 10 minutes before he came to me and when I ordered, he just walked away like nothing happened.
When I got my food, he just tossed my bowl on the table without looking at me, no smile or anything. I didn't want to say thank you to him. Then I'm eating and he is constantly staring at me which made me a little bit nervous. The food here was okay, but not great, you get what you pay for i guess.
After paying and saying thank you, I got no response from the waiter, no smile or good bye greeting. From this experience, I will definitely not return and rather eat at the pizza store next door.
The service here was not polite nor did they care about the customers. They just work for their dirty money. I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO GO HERE EVEN IF YOU ARE HUNGRY AT 3 IN THE MORNING.
A typical family-run Vietnamese restaurant, nothing fancy. Not dirty, but not particularly spotless either. It's got neon, it's got TVs, it's got tacky chairs and decor, and sticky menus, in other words: authentic.
I usually drop in there every couple of weeks for a bowl of Pho for lunch or after The Grind. The soup is good, but the beef is hit and miss. Sometimes it's very good, other times it's fatty and stringy, sometimes there's lots of it, sometimes you have to ration it. Even the soup is a little on the fatty side sometimes, although I suspect it is mostly a function of the beef.
Service is typical in such a place, nothing to write home about. You'll usually get tea/ice water when seated, rarely a follow up visit after the food is delivered. Although I have not had the other dishes there, lunch companions report it to be adequate. The spring rolls, which I have not had in quite some time, were home made and not the generic store bought type, and more Cambodian in style.
The word of the day here is: inconsistent. Even the music is hit and miss, sometimes quiet and unobtrusive, other times loud and obnoxious. Probably depends on the staff in front.
I almost wrote this review, if you can call this a review. To me, they are more of the a real long ass tweet. -- on the different Gold Train Vietnamese restaurant page? I had to make sure this is the spot I have frequent to looking through the pictures that other Yelp users uploaded. This means that all these times I was coming here, I didn't know the name of the restaurant. I just know it as "That Pho place on Kingsway. The one opens pretty late." Haha. It works for me, but when I tried to find this restaurant name, I kind of felt my ignorance.
I have only once came here during the day. About two years ago, after I slept over at my friend's place that was close to this restaurant. I hardly eat Pho for lunch but at that day the combination of hungover-ness and knowledge that I could go have a bowl of Pho within 5 min. brought me here rather quickly, I think. The point is that the restaurant's interior never bothered me none which some of my friends think is real tacky. But in my opinion, who cares? As long as they serve great Pho and Banh mi? Well, I don't.
The cleanness-wise, yeah... sometimes this pace can feel a bit toward ... yucky as a friend of min with bloody OCD puts it, but I don't it comes from ... how the restaurant's owner operates. This is a very, very busy restaurant at night (I cannot testify for daytime to that, sorry.). When it's way too busy for the staff, tabletop cleanness can be out of hand. It shouldn't. But it happens. Yes, this restaurant needs to try harder to improve on the cleanness department.
The food-wise, Pho (especially no.4 large with extra Thai basil) and no.84 (Sorry I cannot remember the name although I have had that dish more that 100 times.) are so good! The soup is real good and that is why I come here instead of going to the other one on Kingsway. no.84 is the noodle dish that you consume Spring Rolls, stir-fried prawns & Vietnamese Ham, and lots of vegetables (mainly thinly sliced cucumber) on top of Vietnamese Rice vermicelli. I normally go easy with the fish sauce they serve this one with. They are so good! Hahaa. They are great midnight snacks and great cure for hung-over. Although time-to-time the neighbourhood feels flimsy but as long as this guys in the business, I won't stop coming here.
This isn't anything fancy. In fact I would say it's a bit ghetto. However for the price to food rating, I'd say this is good.
I only stick to the pho when I visit. My brother tried some rice dishes and stuff and the taste is usually lacking and the texture is pretty bad.
Don't expect any service. I think tipping might be optional because when I tipped them they looked genuinely surprised :)
I was looking for a solid meal and got one for take out. Food was standard Pho in takeout containers - the nice thing is that they separated the Soup (with beef balls) from the Noodles/partially cooked meat/other items. The soup was piping hot and cooked everything in the other bowl nicely.
The bad thing is that you end up having what appears to be slightly less Pho than in the restaurant...
We also ordered that fried Spring Rolls which were pretty good and solid.
Overall it was a solid place for when I needed some solid food at home.
But where was my mint...?! Sadly, despite lots of bean sprouts and lime, the mint didn't make it into the takeout bag!!
This was picked up around dinner hours on a weekend, they were very busy in the restaurant though!
We went there when they had the 10% off plastered all over their awning and even asked if the 10% off applied to our meal. They said yes.
The food is nothing to write home about. But when the bill came. She gave us the regular price. When we asked about it, she didn't even acknowledge the mistake and took it back with a revised amount and STILL got the total bill wrong. This happened TWICE! FALSE ADVERTIZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We paid our bill with the 10% off price even though it was not the bill's total, and didn't leave a tip. Will never go there again.
One of my top 3 favorite Pho places in the Vancouver area.
The 24 hrs service provides a warm psychological comfort.
Atmosphere is great for loners as well as groups. The blaring music and staff shouting in Vietnamese among mirrored walls under neon lights -- all creating an atmosphere perfect for insomniacs, happy couples, or anyone with $7 in their pocket and don't feel like cooking.
Service ? Well, nobody really go to places like this for that kind of thing, do they? It's also why the bathroom looks like that.
The soup in the pho has fairly low sodium for pho -- lowest sodium on Kingsway for pho.
From my experience, 9 out of 10 times, the beef bones are cooked properly into the broth.
Worth going back for.
Went there today for lunch at around 2pm. As me and my friend walked in the restaurant, the waitress just gave us a stare as if we should not be standing there. After waiting for a little bit, she finally acknowledged that we were there to eat so she pointed us to a table. The restaurant was quite dirty and unappetizing. The way they handle food was very unhygienic: the waitress wore a glove on one hand, and she cleaned and handled the food with the same glove. I saw her cleaning a table bringing the dirty plates to the kitchen with the glove, then later on bring me my food, touching the veggie with the same glove. I have also noticed the cook in the kitchen went to the washroom with a glove on, and then came back out with the same glove on.......it was very disgusting.
Service was quite poor as well, the waitress was not friendly. To be quite honest, there was actually no service at all.
The food itself was alright, just mediocre. Nothing very special to praise about. Luckily, the food was hot, otherwise, it'll be really gross, especially after seeing how they handle clean and dirty things with the same glove.
My verdict is: I'll definitely never return to this restaurant.
My wife and I had a hunger for pho so we decided to stop by Gold Train on Kingsway. When we entered, we were half heartedly greeted and had the menu thrown on the table.
The food was decent for pho standards, but it's like almost every other pho place.
Value was standard, you pay for what you get at these pho places.
Ambiance was alright, lots of windows to look out into the street. Aside from that, not much else.
Service - I gave them a 1 star rating because they seemed to have either an attitude or they were not even interested. We tried to flag someone down multiple times for service, but the waitress just looked at us and walked on by.
Overall, we won't be back due to the poor service. Kingsway is full of other pho places.
Pho is really authentic and the soup is amazingly good. Portion is big and worth the price. Whenever I crave Pho I come here. Especially since it's open 24 hours that is convenient since I live around the neighbourhood. I really recommend some of there rice dishes. The lemongrass chicken on rice is very very good. Chicken is soft and tender sprinkled with some tiny crunchy flakes. The sliced beef on rice with egg is also very delicious. Waiters aren't really social but they get the job done. Overall food is good and cheap and I recommend everyone to try it out. Way better than Pho Hoa.
Best Pho broth we've tried. We rate it #1. Portion sizes are relatively consistent. Meat quality varies, but generally is satisfactory-good. Service is fast and typical of Vietnamese Pho restaurants ("diner atmosphere" focussed on food quality, consistency and speed of service rather than on personal attention to customers). It is also open 24 hours which is a major bonus for late night diners. Prices very reasonable.