A variety of delicious noodle soups and traditional Vietnamese, home cooked meals.
I read all the reviews and wondered how could my visit be so different from all the others? My conclusion was that the chef had the day off. After all it was a Monday and Chinese New Years too. Ordered a #8 large pho @ $8.50 and braised fish and pork combo @ $11.95. Two disappointments. The pho was was similar to a small at other places. The broth was flavoured by salt or msg. It did not have that simmered for hours goodness evident in most phos. The braised dish was covered with a coat of black pepper which made my tongue numb until I got home. Please use caution if you order any fish as mine was so boney that with every nibble I had to search before eating. Service was fine and the parking lot was roomy. Not coming back.
Out of all the Pho places in the lower mainland, this one stands out. Great service, clean & bright restaurant and a good variety of Vietnamese items other than noodle soup. We come here regularly and have been pleased with their menu selections. Recently, my hubby tried one of their specialty noodles, Number 29 I think, had a lot of fresh delicious meats and a nice spicy taste. I even enjoyed it and I'm not usually a big fan of spicy foods. I ordered Number 50 - Lemongrass Pork & Chicken on Rice - very tasty and a good portion for $8.95. Solid overall. Plus there's always sports playing on their TVs so that's a bonus for my hubby. I think I prefer Hai Phong over places like Pho Hoa or Pho 99, who have turned into assembly line pho joints, cranking out bowl by bowl and often it's not hot and the taste is bleh. Hai Phong delivers both on taste, heat and variety. Yummy! =)
I happened to be doing some errands on Kingsway and got a craving for pho. Now the question is, what Vietnamese do I pick? As it turns out, there are quite a few especially in the 10 blocks or so near Hai Phong. I went with the highest food rating on Dine Here and I was not disappointed.
I had the number 5 pho which has raw beef and brisket. Both were very tender and tasty and the quantity of meat was on the high side. I also ordered a single spring roll which was good although the wrapper was Chinese style which is not my favourite. I prefer the Vietnamese-style that are rough on the outside.
All in all, the food was good and for just over 8 bucks, it doesn't really get much better in Vancouver for lunch. They have a couple TVs and I watched the men's final snowboard X that Canada's Mike Robertson won silver in and came so close to gold. Now that would have been the perfect lunch.
First thing I noticed before I opened the door to this noodle joint for dinner was that there were VISA/MC/Interac stickers attached to the glass, a huge plus. Upon entering, the second surprise was the decor. Modern looking tables, better than decent cleanliness and some fancy (but poorly situated) LCDs on the walls. What's next? The option to choose between hot and cold tea. The bones of a typical Vietnamese restaurant is vacant here, but the food is great.
The menu is varied with variety; crab here? Yes! My usual order of the special mixed beef pho hit the mark as intended. The large pieces of beef flank was far better than most, tender with lots of fatty marbling that didn't hurt the jaw. The rice noodles were thinner than typical, as was the more cloudy, yet rich broth. The side order of spring rolls instead uses chinese wrappers you'd find at dim sum, but familiar once you bite into them. They're diminutive, comparable to a fat stogie. My gf's lemongrass chicken was a hit, with a huge portion of rice and a simple broth with bones on the side for slurping. One surprise, the Vietnamese coffee came already mixed, a first for me.
Servers are fast and friendly. Kitchen speed was slowish, but everything was hot off the press. One server went around the room apologizing for the kitchen delays to all the hungry customers waiting. Kudos to keeping starved individuals both informed and temporarily sane for the time being.
They do everything a little better than the usual plethora of Vietnamese noodle restaurants across the city. A nice find.
Their web site claims they're the best that Vancouver has to offer for Vietnamese dining. Really? That's a pretty tall claim. We decided to put it to the test, to see how it measures up against the best we've had (not in Vancouver, somewhere where there's a lot more Vietnamese people...)
The menu certainly looked promising as they have a huge variety of dishes, not just pho. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to find the place is relatively open and clean. The service was good too, prompt and efficient, but not necessarily super friendly or chatty, but it wasn't unexpected.
Now to the food ... came out in a reasonable amount of time. And would you believe we went through two visits without any pho and different dishes each time. And it was all good. Flavours were good, not too salty and I don't think there was too much, if any, MSG. Everything tasted clean and fresh. If you order one of the many traditional non-pho dishes, they typically come with a lot of herbs and lettuce to wrap and eat. The only downside here was that though they are generous with the greens, there is a lack of variety when compared to some other places.
Is this the best that Vancouver has to offer? Hmmm... tough call, but now that we've been, it's not a ridiculous claim when you put together the variety, quality, service and general ambience/cleanliness of the restaurant.
We're still not done with this place, there are heaps of stuff on the menu that we haven't rolled around to so we will definitely be back. Highly recommended.
I have been trying Vietnamese Noodle Soup places for a few months now. I find that the soup is tasty and filling and my kids like it. We also all like lemongrass grilled chicken (the kids like it with rice and hubby and I like it with vermicelli).
We found this place on Dinehere.ca and read many good reviews. I concur with the raves.
The place was bright and clean. The waitresses spoke English well. One server who was less comfortable with English promptly alerted another staff member to help me with a question.
We were all offered a choice of hot or cold tea. It being a warm evening, hubby and I opted for cold tea and asked for ice water for the kids.
We ordered a large rare beef Pho ($6.75), 3 lemongrass chicken with rice ($7.50 each), 6 spring rolls ($6.00) 4 soft drinks (1.50 each) and a salty lemon and soda drink ($3.25).
The Pho was served very hot. It was tasty with a generous portion of bean sprouts, basil and lemon. There was no chili pepper, however, there was three kinds of chili sauce on the table if one wanted more spiciness to their broth. The noodles were perfect texture and there was a reasonable amount of meat. There was also a good ratio between noodle and broth.
The lemongrass grilled chicken was generously portioned and very tasty. Each plate also came with ample salad vegetables to nicely balance the meal.
The rolls were small, but served hot and tasty. There was ample dipping sauce for each person.
Even the salty lemon drink was good. A generous amount of salty lemon and it was served nice and cold.
The washrooms were reasonably clean and stocked.
The bill was itemized and computer printed. My hubby payed with the option of adding an automatic 15% gratuity, which he gladly choose.
My only quibble - the lemongrass chicken combo was served with a small side of beef soup. We ordered three dishes - why weren't there three soups. It was not an issue for us as we had a jolly good fill of the Pho, but if the meal came with the soup - there should have been three of 'em.
Anyways, I will return and this has been my most positive Pho and Vietnamese experience in Vancouver thus far.
For Mother's Day, I was only interested in crab. I didn't want to go to any restaurants that will hike up menu prices because it was Mother's day. Nor do I want to receive lousy service.
Hai Phong was the place for me. Not too busy. My hubby and I have eaten here 3 times. All 3 times, food was great and so was the service. This time, I requested tamarind crab. Its one of the few Vietnamese restaurant that serve crabs. The tamarind crab was delicious!! I have noticed that other tables had order the same crab too. We were told that it was one of their popular dishes.
We enjoyed their food here. My fav is their pork and seafood soup. Plus, they were willing to do special order for me last time. That's why we like coming here, the staff are willing to accommodate you.
Their price was very reasonable for good quality food. Tamarind crab was my Mother's Day present from my hubby. Yes, I would order this again.
The restaurant is clean and bright. Although it would be nice to see some pictures on the wall, I kind of like the plain look. Only the wall mounted TV is on. At least, its on mute during dinner.
Tamarind crab is a must try for those crab lovers.
I've tried this place a few times now, although I have barely tried even 1/10 of the menu, it is huge. But it looks like everything on it is excellent quality. I've had my favorites, lemongrass chicken with vermicelli noodles, which they do well. Also tried a few others, like the caramelized fish and duck. I'm not a fan of every single dish, but I think it's just about individual taste, not quality. My friend thought the caramelized fish was fantastic, I wasn't crazy about the thick sweet sauce, but it seems like it's a popular dish since it was on every other table.
It's a nice looking restaurant, simple, modern, great colors. Staff are friendly, helpful, asked me if the dishes were good, really cared about the quality. I definitely want to try the rest of their menu, especially the crab I see a lot of other people eating. Looks like it's a great restaurant for a big filling dinner or a light snack.
if you love pho you will love this place. So cheap. exceptional flavour and quality, all the customers seemed very happy and everything looks fantastic. Fresh and clean, authentic.
Well worth a trip out here for great vietnamese.
Can't wait for my next visit.
They open at 10 in the morning - great alternative to dim sum. The place is clean & bright. Been there 3 times. The service is among the best in this type of restaurants. The waitresses are efficient with a very friendly attitude. Doesn't matter how many items you order, they just memorize without using an order pad. Food wise, the portions can be bigger but well compensated in quality. The meats are full of flavour and of the better cut. Tons of selections in the menu. Some of the braised items can be salty but then they should go with rice or noodle. My only real complaint is when you are seated close to the washroom, every time someone goes in and out of the washroom, you get a big whiff of the strong air fresher.
You've probably been told not to go to any Vietnamese restaurant that does not specialize in a dish. If there's too many dishes on the menu, it's probably not good. That was my apprehension when I headed to Hai Phong. But I was hankering for Vietnamese food and that was the only restaurant in that part of Kingsway that seemed to have patrons.
The menu had a variety of soup, pho, rice and fish dishes. I figured I'd stay safe and stick to simple dishes. I just had pho earlier though and didn't order that. I ordered hu tieu kho (dry) instead. It was surprisingly good! The thick soy sauce didn't overwhelm the wide egg noodles. Even my wife wanted a taste! Don't get me wrong, it doesn't compare to some of the hu tieu I've tried in the alleys of Saigon. But definitely authentic.
As for other dishes, I looked around and noticed that most of my fellow diners were ordering a set meal consisting of canh chua (sour soup), ca kho to (caramel fish), and bo luc lac (grilled beef). They smelled as yummy as they looked. Damn. Next time.
I have read the reviews here and they attracted me to try their pho. Even my friend suggested this place. So I get the chance one day and tried their pho. I ordered a large pho. It came out within 10 minutes and it was steaming hot which is how I like it. When I looked at the bowl and it was a large bowl, it was consist mostly of soup. I used my chopstick to scoop the noodles and meat, it looked like the portion size of a small bowl. The broth was good and tasty, but the portion was small even when I put in the bean sprouts. I didn't feel full when I finished the pho. I'm sure the small size is just the same portion, but less broth. Maybe next time I should just order the small size.
I just had a late dinner here tonight and I was quite impressed. A lot cleaner than other Vietnamese restaurants. Food was delicious and plates came with really attractive garnish on them.
The 2 big screen TV's were bright and loud so I probably wouldn't bring a first date here.
Service was top notch. The cook said thank-you to us when we left. Even though it's a small gesture, how often do you hear those words these days?
I'd definitely come back
Actually, I am not 100% sure if it was this restaurant or not, but I believe this is it.
I saw an article about this place on Georgia straight and went there next day. I had a dish with half rice noodle half egg noodle thing (dry). It was very tasty and the potion was just right.
I just have to go there again and order the same thing.
Hai Phong pretty much has the best pho in the city. The quality of beef is good, the broth is fragrant and delicious, the noodles nicely cooked. I am constantly crediting this restaurant for keeping me healthy during this past winter. Everything I have ever ordered here has been tasty. Like I said, the pho is the best around. Their bun (vermicelli salad with grilled pork and spring roll) is also really good and fresh. They have a great Thai-style hotpot (sized for small groups) that is delicious and reasonably priced. Their salad rolls are also always fresh and delicious. Chicken wings, Vietnamese crepe, tamarind crab: good, good, good (a teensy bit overcooked but the crab/tamarind flavors were fantastic).
They also deserve credit for being one of the few Vietnamese restaurants to accept debit/credit. Most of the staff speak perfect English; they were able to accommodate a friend's peanut allergy with no problems (no small feat for a Vietnamese restaurant).
I have definitely become a regular, going weekly at minimum. I am almost wary of posting a review because they almost always seem at a perfect level of busy: crowded, but always with a table or two still available so there's no wait when I get there. I'd be sad if I suddenly needed to wait a few minutes when I arrive, but more sad if they ever closed (I had it rough when they took winter holiday). Love this place.
The area around Hai Phong is littered with Vietnamese restaurants of all sizes, and for me Hai Phong tops them all for all types of Vietnamese food.
Service is always prompt and courteous, the food is typically of very good quality (even the takeout is presented nicely in the containers), and the prices are very reasonable for the portions you get.
The pho is top notch and their combos with broken rice are very filling and tasty. Their vermicelli seems to always taste fresh, unlike other Vietnamese restaurants where the noodles taste like they've been sitting around for a while.
I think the only thing I dislike is their Vietnamese rolls, they're the thin, taquito-type and not the meatier larger spring roll type. They're still tasty, but I prefer the large ones.
One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in general in the Lower Mainland.
If you grew up eating Vietnamese food, enjoy the sweet aroma of their delicate sauces and intricate flavours, & just plain love the comfort food (just like momma used to make), Hai Phong is the place to nourish your starving tummies. Authentic and straight from the heart, the Chau family takes pride in the compliments they receive on their creations. From Pho down to deluxe hot pot dinners (try the Thai!), they have it all! Newly renovated, and armed with delicious secrets of Asia, they are back to stimulate your taste buds. Go in and have a taste, and see if it brings you back home...