Came for lunch on a Sat and very busy little spot. Tried their Viet Sandwiches and they were very good. Nice crusty french bun with good veggies and meat inside. Great deal at $3. Shared some Pho and the noodles were fresh, not dry. It seems they get it fresh from LA. Big portions with lots of meat. Very good value. Service is decent, fast and efficient. Would come back.
Yet another one of those tiny little pho places in town. Don't expect to be surprised, it's a tiny little place that's barely clean enough. Servers were too distracted to seem friendly, but we were served promptly.
Had a bun bo hue and the house pho. At first both seemed a little on the plain (bland?) side, but as we got into it, I appreciated the flavours more. I wish the bun bo hue had more noodles, but it was packed with all sorts of other goodies you don't normally find in other places (like pork blood for example!). At the end of it, I'm glad we ate there, came away feelin good from the food.
As seems to be the norm these days, I'm not quite amazed, but easily satisfied enough. Worth a first trip for you I say. Go try.
I came here today on the recommendation of a co-worker. This place is really small and the kitchen/prep area is right in the open, next to the seating area. I had the large #1 Special. Various type of beef and beef products, ie. beef balls, tripe, fatty flank, rare beef, etc.
The food came pretty quickly, within 5 minutes and it was steaming hot (which pho should be served hot, not lukewarm). It tasted really good, nice deep, rich beef flavour. The bowl was quite large. There was plenty of noodles. If i wanted to be nitpicky, the noodles were clumped together, but after a bit of stirring, they loosened up. Noodles were a bit thinner than what I am used to and a bit on the mushy side, but still edible. There wasn't as much meat as I would have liked, but it was a decent portion.
Service was quick and efficient, I was given a glass of ice water right when I sat down.
I was tempted to try their banh mi (viet sandwiches), but was pretty full after the bowl of soup. I'll have to try it next time. The bowl of pho was $6.50 for large bowl which is pretty good these days.
Will definitely be back and recommend.
It used to be good, however, now a day, not too many customers. First of all, I don't eat pork, I ordered the #23, seafood & pork noodle soup. I've specifically asked them not to have pork.
The waitress brought me my soup and surely, there are a lot of ham (AND ONE PIECE OF SHRIMP & a shrimp cracker) in my bowl. I've told her that i ordered it without the pork and she said to pick out the pork. She said 'the next time, just ask for seafood ONLY'.
First of all, when I ordered the item on the menu (#23 seafood & pork) WITHOUT the pork, shouldn't that clue in as seafood only?
Anyway, i've told her that there's no seafood in my soup, she asked me to dig DEEPER and finally I've found a shrimp. She said, there you go.
I was so pissed...I've NEVER EVER EVER go back there again. She is rude and because of that, I will never recommend anyone to go there again.
Here is the picture of the pork that was in my bowl.
I was introduced to this place by a friend.
I am more of a meat lover, not a Pho soup person. We ordered the lemon grass chicken with vermicelli, deep fried spring rolls, pasted pork brochette (???) beef short ribs with vermicelli and iced coffee with milk.
Everything was outstanding: The lemon grass chicken and spring rolls are by far the best I have tried in Vancouver; this is the first time I have had pasted pork brochette and I really liked it; the short ribs were tender and frangrant. It would be perfect if it is a tad sweeter.
Service was friendly and prompt. The lady proprietor always has a smile on her face.
It is mom and pop vietnamese restaurant in East Vancouver. Not much of an ambience.
Will defintely return.
After reading the reviews, I decided to go for a try. What a mistake!!
I had a sandwhich and I thought it was horrible. I don't think I've ever had a Vietnamese Sandwich with such a big disappointment in my life. Why advertise the sandwiches on the sign when they were not good. I could understand if they were on the menu, but signs outside????
I had the spring rolls and they were good, but overpriced. For $5.75 I got 3 little spring rolls that was barely three pieces when it was cut up with nothing else, NOTHING.
However, I tried a little bit of the noodles and soup. That was pretty good. The soup base was good, and the noodles were really good too.
The service.........a little welcoming smile would be nice. Barely any eye contact.
However, for a Vietnamese place, it's pretty clean.
Whenever I'm feeling under the weather or if it's a cold day out (like it was today), a nice bowl of hot Vietnamese soup can do wonders for the body. My favorite Vietnamese restaurant for a nice bowl of pho would be Le Do on Hastings. I usually get the clear seafood noodle soup (which includes prawns, squid, artificial crab and fish balls), but their regular pho is awesome as well. Their meatball sandwiches are excellent too and I usually order the meatballs and the bun separately, so I can make my own little meatball sandwich. Their spring rolls, on the other hand, need a bit of work as I've had plenty better spring rolls elsewhere.
You get a great deal for your money at this restaurant. $25 for two people can have you walking out of there full and content.
One suggestion that I would make to the proprietors of this restaurant is to get a better exhaust system - we smelled like we SWAM in a bowl of pho after we left. But if you don't mind smelling like a bowl of pho, then go for it!
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. My second visit to Pho Le Do was prompted by the fact that Bao Chao was mobbed out this particular noon hour and I was craving a steaming bowl of pho. My first visit to Le Do was disappointing and I shouldnt have bothered returning. The place is drab even for a pho joint. The service was curt and offered without any warmth and definitely no smile. My salad roll was ok although I dont care for the processed Viet-style processed meat that they include in their version. The pho was rude though. The scant portion of meat that was included in my soup was fatty, poor quality stuff that I mostly fished out of the broth as I steadily lost my appetite. The broth itself is among the least tasty phos I've had. No big deal. An minor investment afterall. But in the future when I crave the salty msg-infused guilty pleasure that is pho, I will push east a few more blocks and wait in line if I must.
I was introduced to Le Do about six years ago and have kept going back. Just went in tonight and instead of staying in, grabbed an order to go. Got the large seafood combo Pho, which was very good. Great noodles and a tasty combination of seafood. The shrimp 'cracker' in the soup is a favorite. My girlfriend had the same meal but in a small size and enjoyed it thoroughly.
All in all, $15 and change including taxes isn't a bd deal at all and good value for the quality of food. The service, as always was friendly, fast and polite. The restaurant is pretty small, relatively clean, and nondescript. Nothing fancy which is just fine by me.
I highly recommend this restaurant for Pho in Vancouver and have found it comparitavely better and more authentic than several other Vietnamese restaurants I've tried in the past years.
In Vancouver city, there is just about as many vietnamese restaurants as there are most fast food joints. So to be able to find this gem hidden amongst the vast sea of other pho restaurants has brought joy to face and tummy.
First thing you'll notice upon arriving is that for a pho place, it's pretty damn clean. The floor doesn't feel like a safety hazard and is free of sprouts that have fallen far from the table tops.
After placing my order I perform the ritualistic set up of chopsticks, soup spoon, sauce bowl (squirting equal amounts of hoisin and the spicy stuff), a squirt of lime. I'm ready to go.
I'd also like to note that the chopsticks here are dark as opposed to the standard off-white (which may have at one point been white in it's lifetime) so they seem cleaner. They may be just as worn down as it's off white relatives but because they're dark, you can't tell. I guess ignorance really is bliss.
The Le Do Spicy Roll arrives first. It's an interesting combination of a spring roll wrapped by a salad roll and it's a winning marriage of two roll staples in vietnamese cooking!
The noodles arrive soon after and the broth is by far the best I've ever tasted. (if you know of any better, please let me know!)
I usually drown my bowl with the brown and red sauces creating a murky colored soup but not this time.
You can see the French influence in the form of the vietnamese sub (bahn mi.) And they do a decent job on them here. Nothing really noteworthy to write about but nothing bad either.
This place can get busy at times and it's a small place but the food is great. The food will hold you over until the next time you're able to roam the street vendors of vietnam.
Cheap place with great fresh food and friendly service. Tasty Pho and fresh vermicelli rolls. Great lemongrass chicken. Try their Vietnamese coffee and be ready to be wired for a while. Would definitely go back.
There are absolutely no good vegetarian options on their menu and they are unwilling to substitute tofu or extra veggies for dishes that come with meat. The unwillingness to substitute surprised me the most as I find most restaurants are very acommodating; after all, they still charge you the same price for the dish even though it costs them less to make. I ended up eating this crappy salad roll appetizer filled only with vermicelli and tomato and ate the veggies off my friend's dish.
Note - I don't normally ask for changes unless the veg options on a menu really suck and I'm stuck with a dinner party. Yes, you could say it's my damn fault for going to a Viet place and expecting vegetarian dishes. But I have been to some places that are veg-friendly such as My Chau on Kingsway and Golden Garden on Main St.
This is hands down my favourite pho house. Well worth the trip, even at the risk I can't get a seat.
Everything is what you expect from a hole in the wall pho house, but this place has the best flavour in their broth--- not over "seasoned" and perfectly balanced.
Pho is meant to be cheap. This place has saved my Sundays after rough Saturdays.
Not a place i like to hangout. But points for being cleaner than most places.
I love springrolls so I try many Vietnamese cafes. This sweet little cafe is near the top of my list. I like the lemongrass chicken alot and the springrolls are a 3.5 outta 5. The service is so nice and they are always smiling!