A Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown.
I tried this place recently when I was craving some pho and was pleasantly surprised. It was pretty dead; I assume because it was late afternoon before the dinner rush. I ordered a large bowl of pho with rare and cooked beef. The soup broth was pretty good. I also had an order of spring rolls which turned out to be the small ones but did have the rough outside as apposed to the more Chinese-style spring rolls. The service was probably better than your average pho place. Overall, I would return if I was craving some pho in Chinatown.
I had always assumed this was a chinese restaurant, but perhaps I should've read the signage first before making those assumptions. It turned out to be a good place for pho. Girlfriend and I came in for a late lunch during another Sunday eating out and was surprised at what we came into; a pho place like looked nothing like a vietnamese restaurant. It was neat and tidy, without any of the usual visual cues of a pho place. The menu is large and unfamiliar of a pho menu, as it included stirfrys. My gf's well done beef flank was well received as was my combination meat. I couldn't remember the last time I ordered a small since I found the quantity of meat in my bowl lacking a bit, though tasty. Good broth though I did feel a little bit thirsty afterwards. Our spring rolls were crispy and a regular, and welcoming side dish. Drinks are expensive, notably the lemon coke, which cost an extra $1.50 for a few thin slices.
Service was good; we even had a staff member (manager/owner?) come by our table to apologize for having sold out of the vietnamese subs, a nice gesture and completely understandable even without apology. He later checked up on us which is again unusual for this type of eats.
Overall a pleasant experience. We'll be back.
Mrs. C and I were in Chinatown getting our water boiler fixed, and we decided to get a quick snack. This place looked like a good choice. The restaurant was surprisingly nice and modern inside and the server was helpful and friendly.
The whole place was tidy including the w/c which was located in the basement. Down below there was some kind of Chinese social club too, and you could hear the old-timers practicing opera.
We decided to share a big bowl of rare beef pho and a side of spring rolls. The pho soup base was good and beefy, the noodles were just the right texture, and the beef was tender. One surprise was that the bean sprouts were pre-cooked and steaming when served. As for the spring rolls, they were delicious, and the outside had an interesting texture.
All in all a satisfying experience I will repeat when I am in the 'hood.
I too tried this restaurant after seeing a Vancouver Sun writeup. Always remembered it as a Chinese restaurant so never took much notice of it when walking by. Also pleasantly surprised by the rather modern and clean decor. Certainly not your regular run of the mill Vietnamese restaurant.
We have been several times now and the food has been consistently good. The pho broth is flavoured mildly and not too salty or oily as tends to be the case in many other restaurants. The spring rolls are really good also , very light and crispy and not too greasy.
Service is usually prompt and the prices are very reasonable. Great to have a Vietnamese restaurant of this calibre in this area. Hopefully it can garner a better dinner trade to match its busy lunch trade.
this place is nicely decorated and bright. did not look like a typical vietnamese restaurant with the dark atmosphere and covered windows. spring rolls and banh mi sandwiches were outstanding. the pho was nicely flavored, not over powering as if they dumped a bunch of msg into it. great place to go if your coming from downtown or around chinatown.
I pass through Chinatown all the time but I never noticed this little spot hidden in plain sight on Main. Part of it is that Chinatown has such a poor rep for restaurants that I'm not paying attention. However, on the basis of a passing reference in the Sun, I decided to come down here one night due to my ever-present desire for pho, and to introduce a friend to Vietnamese for the first time. It was a bit of a gamble, but downtown (where I live) is a big black hole for vietnamese despite a fair abundance of spots.
So we get in the door and the fairly large room is virtually dead despite being dinner hour...usually a big flashing warning sign to escape while you can. However I can't be bothered to go searching for another place at this hour and decide just to go for it. At this point my expectations are pretty much as low as possible, but it turns out to be a pleasant surprise. The food is well above average for vancouver vietnamese, and the price was very reasonable.
Service was quite good, and they were obviously eager to please. The decor was also quite a bit more upscale than the typical vietnamese hole in the wall, and everything looked pretty new. I would definitely come back again, and it's always good to know it's there given the shortage of good vietnamese in the downtown area.
The wife and I have eaten here twice now and we are impressed with the quality of the food. Fresh ingredients with a natural soup base flavour, not too salty like other Pho places. Menu is excellent with a wide range of choices and they even have Vietnamese sandwiches that aren't on the menu. Sandwiches are second best I have had in Vancouver - but still very delicious. Atmosphere is well lit and very modern for a restaurant in Chinatown. Very clean and good service.
Last time we went we ordered a small pho, spring rolls (3), and a special sandwich, including tea - $17 plus tip. We were full. Pretty decent price for good quality lunch.
The highlight of every Chinatown trip lately has been a visit to Golden Garden Vietnamese.
Simple yet elegant decor, and very clean; but the real treat here is the food. The usual Vietnamese fare, including top-notch spring rolls, tasty soups and good fish. The value is pretty good, and consistent quality. Can easily have a satisfying lunch for two for $20 including tax and tip. Not crazy cheap, but adequately priced.
Service is prompt and friendly, they have a good system set up there. Good service industry people, and people notice this. I've been to a bunch of the Chinatown restaurants, and realize its almost impossible to spend less than $10 on a personal meal down there: Golden Garden will deliver in this respect, more so than similarly priced Chinese places around.
All around good stuff.
Highlights: Spring Rolls ( so fresh and crispy ! ) , Prawn Ball Rice Noodle Soup
Girlfriend's Highlight : Purple Yam Soup ( subtle and filling ! )