Hanoi Pho, formerly Le Pho Bistro, serves Vietnamese food in a friendly atmosphere, surrounded by picturesque Vietnamese paintings/decor.
I decided to give this place a try for lunch. I ordered the #19 combo which is pho with rare and cooked beef. It included an ample supply of sprouts and Thai basil. The broth was decent and didn't taste like it had too much MSG in it. The rare beef was more tender than a lot of places but the cooked pieces were tougher than usual. I also had a spring roll which was ok. The restaurant was really cold inside and I dined with my jacket on. They could definitely stand to turn up the heat a little. The service was friendly and food came out hot and fast. Not sure if I would return because there are so many pho places but I might come back if I was in the area.
If you look past the sketchy neighbourhood, LPB isn't a bad place to get pho. Mrs. C and I wandered in on a hot afternoon and were greeted by the friendly server. We sat down and got to it. I had the rare beef pho with tasty noodles and a light beefy broth, and Mrs. C had the house pho which seemed to have everything including flank, tendon, rare beef and some other varieties of flesh. Both phos were delish. We also had the spring rolls which were fresh made and tasty.
The restaurant was clean and freshly painted, and the w/c was tidy. The service was good, and it was not expensive. I did notice one guy complaining because his seafood pho had beef as well as seafood. For me that would be a bonus, but some folks want to avoid bovine meats. To each his own…
I have come here for lunch many times already since I work around the area, and I have tried almost everything on the menu. Believe it or not, the best thing is their chicken wings! A must have!
Also my favorites are the chicken pho which has a nice rich and deep broth! Truly a hidden gem in Chinatown!
I just want to note that once you start to go here, you will become addicted. The service gets warmer every day it seems.
Also, I want to make sure that everyone knows to try the "Pho Tai" (menu item #18). It is our favourite stand-by! If you aren't familiar, "Pho Tai" is Pho noodles (small, long noodles) in a delicious salty broth, with thinly sliced raw beef brisket on top. The beef comes out raw, and you simply dip it into the scalding water to cook it as desired!
I hope these guys continue to do great business, because they truly a beacon in this neighborhood.
Don't let the fact that this little place is (literally) next door to the methadone clinic on the Downtown East Side scare you away - we had dinner here tonight after reading some of the other reviews, and came away extremely happy.
I had bbq pork chow mein, and my partner had veggie seafood pho - both dishes were excellent. They arrived on the table in record time, and both were so fresh that they too hot to eat at first! The service is exceptionally warm and friendly, and it seems to be a family-run joint - unlike a lot of other family businesses, it seems like everybody is genuinely happy to be there.
A nice little perk was the free wifi they have inside as well!
We were going to try their bubble tea and avocado milkshake but they were out of fresh avocado - we'll definitely be going back, so it wasn't a problem. You know you've found a good place when you're already thinking about what menu item you'll be trying on your next visit!
We've been on the search for a good Pho restaurant in Vancouver for the past year, and this is it! The neighbourhood (our neighbourhood) is dodgy, but if you can look past that, Le Pho is a friendly restaurant with good food. The hours are good - they're open until 9pm.
On the recommendation of friend, I gave this place a whirl. I had the number 16, rice noodle pho with well done and rare beef but substituted beef balls for the tripe. The broth was excellent, piping hot, not too salty (as a lot of pho broths are) with a nice hint of star anise. Noodles were perfectly done, not mushy at all. Served with a side of lime, whole red chilis and bean sprouts. Two can dine for 15 bucks! A slightly dodgy part of town, but well worth the trip.
Le Pho Bistro impressed me because there is a large vegetarian selection. Everything I've tryed has been good but the vegetarian pho is what keeps me going back. The place is clean, cheap and the service is great.
This is the only place i've found that makes vegetarian noodle soup.
I've been to Le Pho Bistro several times now. Everything I've tried has been great, but I particularly like the vermicelli dishes. The prices are also quite reasonable (although I find this to generally be true for Vietnamese food). The staff are always friendly and helpful. It's usually packed around lunch time though, so it's probably best to go for dinner.
Definitely my favourite Vietnamese place.