Pho Extreme Xe Lua is a Vietnamese restaurant on West Broadway just East of Cambie open 24 hours.
Pho Extreme Xe Lua opened a few months ago after the AYCE Japanese restaurant in this location shut down. I believe this is the same owners as the 24 hour pho restaurant that was on the other side of Cambie and Broadway but was forced to move due to a new building development.
The inside is decent and is pretty much the same as the Japanese restaurant before it although it looks a little shabbier. They use take out menus and don't actually have real menus; maybe they haven't had them printed yet but that seems odd as they have been open for a few months now. The menu is the same as before with small, large and extra large bowls available. They have chicken pho on the menu as well.
I kept it simple and ordered an extra large #2 which has rare beef and brisket in it. Not sure if the brown bean curd sauce (or something else) I put into it was extra sweet but my broth ended up being very, very sweet. The meat is pretty tasty and there is quite a bit quantity wise. They serve lemons with the side condiments; not a big fan of this, maybe limes are too expensive? The spring rolls were the same as the old location but tasted better than I remembered. They were very crispy as well.
It took a very long time to get some water even though the servers were basically sitting around (literally) doing nothing. We had to get up to ask the server. Not that I expect great service this type of restaurant but...
Overall the experience was ok and I may be back because of the close proximity to my home but it wouldn't be my first choice when seeking pho.
You can say I've only tried 4-5 different pho places, but this place definitely has the best vermicelli dishes.
I usually order the pork and spring roll vermicelli but substitute the pork with the lemon grass chicken. The chicken is very juicy and the sauce they give for the vermicelli is very yummy. Much much much better than Pho Hoa. This place uses a different wrapper for the spring rolls also, which makes it have a lighter crisp as opposed to the oily ones at Pho Hoa.
However, the pho soup I found a little bland. The noodles and meat were good but the soup is too bland for me, probably because I'm from Hong Kong and we like everything with a lot of taste haha
Overall, this is the place I crave when I want Vietnamese vermicelli dishes. Definitely a 5/5 for that. As for the pho, maybe a 3/5. This place is also cheaper than other pho places too.
BUT BEWARE IN ORDERING THE "SMALL" PHO. It's really.. really... small.. even though it's 1$ less than the regular.
I didn't find the waiters/waitresses rude or anything. They were all friendly to me. And I've been here for the lunch shifts and the late night (12am) shifts.