24-hour Vietnamese Pho restaurant
I have gone several times to both locations and always appreciate that they are in areas where there is not a lot of other pho, and it hits the spot. This is true, but the quality does suffer on some days.
Good place if you're close by and have a vietnamese hankering, but otherwise there are other great places in the area.
I'll be the first one to admit that the place has a weird kind of ambiance, what with the purple walls, thrift shop artwork, and the neon olympic rings adorning the walls - and the floors really need a good scrubbing. I'm amazed the fish in the big tank by the front door are still alive - the previous fish died, and were replaced. So why do we frequent this place? The food is pretty good and inexpensive. We have dined here many times without a problem. We always end up ordering the same thing, so they remember us, and practically start writing down the order when we walk in the door! I especially like the grilled pork with spring roll and prawns with vermicelli - squirt a hefty amount of hoi sin sauce (after wiping the crud off of the dispenser), and good eatin' is yours! My son favours the grilled pork with vermicelli and spring roll. I've had the Pho Tai, and it's pretty standard - fills the gut, and chases away the chill on a cold day without chasing away the cash in my wallet.
I've been coming to this place for years now and even not as a student anymore nearby. I would definitely count this place as best pho in town. It's strange given the reviews below of the eccentric decor (and no lack of TVs. I count at least 8, holy!) and questionable hygiene, I still love this place and its pho. The broth is rich and deep in flavour and it's light as air. The satay pho comes out steaming hot and the soup is really to die for with a squeeze of lime and basil. Haven't tried the rice dishes before but heard good things from my dining companions. Spring roll is passable.
This place is also affectionately referred to as "Thai Spicy" by my friends and I.
I love vietnamese food and i know it inside out.
I read all the reviews before i went to this place and thought maybe the bad reviews were a few years old that they improved.
The pho broth had a weird background taste, and the spring rolls were fluorescent yellow. The flavour tasted like old, poor grade products. If you dont have a developed pallet for vietnamese pho or spring rolls then the place is not bad but if your looking for good viet food, this is not the place to go.
For under 10 dollars, the Lemon Grass Chicken comes with a generous portion of rice, a big salad, and 2 wide pieces of chicken steak. What more can you ask for? Now, obviously the level of cleaness is not on par to your average restaurant, but hey, no risk no reward. I have been there for years and never have I had any health issues. If you like sports then this is a good place because they always have TSN and Sportsnet on.
The service here isn't friendly. But the food is good, particularly the soup deals. Even the smallest size is enough to fill you on most days!
Good for a student, the ambiance is just weird, I've never seen so many old television sets in one place before.
Did I say the service isn't friendly? But I don't particularly care about friendliness when I'm looking for a cheap meal.
We've lived in the area for years but just went in for the first time this evening. Based on the reviews, we were a little squeamish, but really, the food was good. The service wasn't bad.
Now don't get me wrong, this place does not give off a "clean" vibe at all. The bathrooms are not for the faint of heart, and even the menus reeked (spilled fish sauce?). Let's hope the kitchen is cleaner.
The regular pho was as good as any, and the satay pho was interesting - same noodles, but in a kind of tom yum broth.
All in all, good meal at a good price.
Fondly refereed to as "Thai Spicy," by the boyfriend and I because of the neon sign in the window, Gold Train Express has been a favorite place for us to eat for ages.
I beseech any of you reading this to give GTE a chance after reading what I have to say. It's true that it the ratings here are awfully grim, and perhaps rightly so, but don't judge this little gem by its cover.
I've lived in Point Grey for a number of years now and GTE definitely stands out from the bunch. Walking in, it is definitely has a bizarre ambiance you wouldn't expect from an otherwise upscale neighborhood. There are odd Olympic rings mounted on the wall, strange eastern religious monuments, and unusual Greek-style motifs along the ceiling. The floor is definitely in need of a good scrub as well.
But even so, the food is AMAZING. Having become a regular over the years, I've learned that everything is made from scratch in a traditional Vietnamese fashion. The pho in particular is to die for - rich with flavors, not too salty. You'll also find noodle bowls, curries, and a variety of fruity beverages available as well. I know the appearance of the place may suggest you could go home with food poisoning, but it has never happened. The staff do wash their hands and the fish tank is regularly cleaned out. Prices are also very fair, which makes GTE an excellent option for poor students like myself.
As soon as you walk in, it isn't "welcome!" but rather "for how many?" - The staff are not exactly warm and accommodating, but they're nice enough to get you something if you need it, even if you have to go up to them to ask for it.
So give GTE a try! If you're a fan of Vietnamese food, you shouldn't be disappointed.
I've rarely been in a restaurant that was so openly dingy, bordering on dirty. The water tasted odd, the soup bowls weren't cleaned up from the last use - the floors were sticky. I'm not sure why it's such a mess, because it could be a really great place with some good cleaning up. I found that the broth smelled sort of funny, like the water, and I couldn't really enjoy my meal. The broth wasn't very rich, and I call the food value poor because I didn't end up eating even half my soup because of the weird smell and the dirty bowls. I might like it better if I weren't afraid of catching something nasty.
I found myself in this unfortunate restaurant last week and I daresay, it made me nostalgic for the good old days, when I was bumming around southeast asia and trying to live on four dollars a day. This joint is completely out of character in what is a fairly upscale neighborhood. Not sure how to proceed with this review because by the time my tea and spring rolls arrived, I had lost my appetite. This place is dirty. the floors and walls and tables and kitchen - are DIRTY. The glass my tea came in was greasy and I couldn't bring myself to eat my food. I kindof wish I had said something - like "I'm leaving here without eating because your restaurant is dirty" It made me long for a grading system like they have in Los Angeles. cheers.
I was craving a little pho for lunch yesterday, and since this is the only Vietnamese restaurant in the Kits/Point Grey area, I gave it a shot.
The place was dark and dingy, but I sat down anyways - takeout isn't really an option when you want a hot noodle soup.
I ordered my favorite noodle soup, Bun Bo Hue, and it came fast enough, but it was missing even basic ingredients that make the dish what it is. The plate of bean sprouts and basil that accompany the noodles looked wilted and old. All the sprouts were broken in half, as if they were leftovers from other patrons. I found the same of my noodles, every noodle was about 1-2 inches, as if they were leftovers. A few bites and I had to leave.
I don't think I'll ever come back to this place, no matter how bad my craving for Pho is!