Pho Hoa restaurants feature naturally flavored, low-calorie soups with the choicest slices of brisket, flank, eye round steak. Each bowl of soup is accompanied with fresh coriander leaves, bean sprouts, hot peppers, and lemon wedges.
I was in the area and feeling nostalgic so came to Pho Hoa. Food was solid. HOWEVER, the portions have considerably shrunk. What used to be a small bowl is now considered a large bowl of pho with just the basics. The price has skyrocketed to $11.50 including tax. Yikes.
Needless to say there were only three different tables for a total of five patrons including myself. This place used to be the 'grand daddy' of all pho places to me but no more.
I met up with some friends here today for lunch since it was close by; I've mostly avoided this franchise based on heresay, and my one and only visit here was a good 15yrs ago which I've all but forgotten.
Our round of pho alongside a couple of spring rolls and drinks were more than adequate. The broth was steaming hot and although somewhat liberal on the MSG it had better than expected body and flavour, though leaving me thirsty still, about 5 hours since eating. Generous slices of lean flank and rare beef but a tad stingy on the fatty tendon. Portions are typical though perhaps a little misleading with what seems to be a lot of soup hiding the good stuff. Spring rolls were good, a touch greasy and used regular egg roll wrapper instead.
We didn't mind the minimal, cursory service but the inconspicuous layout requires you to hail down someone for service (typical) and our anxiousness of whether our orders would come out correctly as our server tested her mensa skills rather than pen and pad. The space is fairly clean and minimalistic but there are many tables conveniently hidden away from servers so be prepared to ruffle your arms to get attention.
Rather than a bottom feeder, this is about par with a lot of other pho places around.
Only go here as a last resort although I do have to admit it's much better than the Vana places at the food court. Try one of those mom and pop run Vietnamese places that turn out authentic Viet food instead of this franchise. At Pho Hoa the food isn't terrible but it's not tasty, it's pricier, the portions are smaller, it's not authentic and the broth tastes as if there is MSG in it, at least to me, and the broth is not flavourful as I've had other broths that have been slow cooked to develop a rich flavour. Pity they could be much better if they tried. Also avoid the spring rolls here they were greasy and not very good. If you are new to Vietnamese cuisine than I would recommend going here as it's clean and the menu items have good descriptions and photographs of the dishes served. Otherwise avoid if you know what good pho should be.
This was my second experience at Pho Hoa and it was exactly like the first. I agree with the previous reviewer that this place is predicatble. Actually I think that is a good thing. When I crave pho I don't want anything unexpected. I want a bowl of comfort soup.
This time I had the seafood pho. It had prawns, squid, fake crab, and fish balls. The Mc'pho was the usual non-msg soup, the noodles were good, and the seafood was tasty and fresh. Mrs. Chasiubow had the beef flank pho which was equally satisfying. We also had the pork spring rolls which were not greasy and were very savoury, and a lemon drink which was a little sweet, but still good. I was going to order the hot and sour seafood soup, but it doesn't come in large size.
The servers were attentive, and the place was clean. I did notice some of my fellow patrons looked 'different', but nobody looks scary when eating pho.
Overall nothing surprised us, and the meal was good. I left with a contented heart and the price was right. What more could I ask?
I used to go to this Pho Hoa location every single Saturday with my family. We thought this was the best Pho place ever, cheap and good. Then the quality of their food started slipping. Their broth used to be rich and tasty and then just MSG-tasting. We stopped going here after we broadened our horizons and tried some other places. We then decided never to return to Pho Hoa because when it comes down to it, it's just a Pho fast food restaurant. There are so many other choices to go to in Vancouver.
I use to always like to come here, but I am getting really disappointed.
Nothing was really outstanding about this place, which was quite expected.
The spring rolls are almost $3.00. I almost fell out of my chair!!!
I ordered a lemon soda and it took forever to come. My soup was hot, but there was a lot of MSG.
I might come back if I had to, but wouldn't do it, if I had a choice.
Last time I went there was a couple of years ago and still haven't gone back because of the extremely rude waitress.
We sat down and then proceeded to order. The waitress then proceeded to TAKE AWAY the bean sprouts before we finished ordering and we asked why and she said "because you are not ordering the pho noodles, you don't need this" WTF??!!??!?!?!?!
How did she know that we were NOT going to order that? We asked for it back and she just rolled her eyes and mumbled a "hmphhhh" under her breath.
We did not leave a tip and will never go back. We tell everyone who wants to hear about a good pho place about our story when they mention this restaurant. So far I've told about a dozen people so far.
I can't show any love to a place that doesn't bring you water when you ask for it. I had to ask five different servers to bring me water before I finally got it. Hey, Pho Hoa people, there are people in this world who don't DRINK TEA and there is nothing wrong with that. The service was terrible - they were surprised when I didn't leave a tip, but when you ignore a table for 20 minutes when the restaurant is not busy, you don't deserve a tip. The pho is pretty tasteless.
As with everything else, the ambience sucked. The location is sketchy and I was always looking over my back preparing to duck under the table in case there was a drive-by shooting. I will never come here again pho sure.
It's your basic soups and not all that great. While it works if you're desperate for some late night pho, if the suns still out, you're better off hitting any of the smaller joints that are all over the area. The broth is generally weak.
The service is really impersonal, but really, who goes out for pho for the service? They sit you down, ask you what you want, and then you leave.
Also, this is not the kind of place to take a date. ;)
Pho Hoa is a place you can count on for decent pho. It won't be outstanding, but you won't be disappointed. The only issue I have with this particular location is that it always feels dirty. Something just isn't right. I've been to other Pho Hoa locations and they don't have that same dirty feeling. Overall, I like the franchise.
Awful. Never again.
Dingy. Doesn't look like cleaning is a priority. Bathroom was pretty gross. No paper towels in the dispenser, other option was one of those gas-station cloth-towel rollers (uh, no thanks), or the electric hand-dryer which sounded like it was about to die when I hit the button.
I'd give ambiance & service a zero if it were an option, but whatever, I was mostly just looking for a quick, cheap lunch.
Teenage male server could not be bothered. Ignored us as we came in, took a later table's before ours. When he finally sauntered over, no greeting, just a dull, unfriendly 'What would you like to order?'
I ordered a vermicelli plate, my lunch companion a small bowl of basic phò and a shrimp salad roll.
One positive note, food came out ridiculously quick, like, under two minutes. But that just leads me to believe it was sitting around for someone to just spoon it out of a heater.
My first soup spoon had crusted remnants of a previous diner's meal on it. So did the second. Third time's a charm!
My vermicelli bowl was lousy. Watery iceberg lettuce, ice-cold noodles, the julienne mystery meat was sparse and flavorless. The spring roll was the only part that was passable, but if you screw up a spring roll, god help you. Got to the end of my meal, and found a hair that definitely wasn't mine in the bottom of my bowl. Awesome.
The basic phò was, well, basic, but better than what I ordered. The shrimp salad roll was passable as well.
The only other plus was lunch for two was under $20, but I could have gone down the street and had better for the same price, or way less. There's a viet bakery at K'way & Fraser(?) that does awesome bánh mì for $3 a pop. I should have gone the extra five minutes down the road.
Ask me if I left a tip.
Dinning with family and friends,the waitress took our order and served us with a cell phone under her chin/shoulder and holding a conversation with another party the entire evening,nearly spilling hot soup because she was not paying attention and on the cell phone.The food came and was finished and we asked the waitress where were all the drinks we had ordered, the waitress then started to raise her voice in discust at our request,the drinks never arrived.We then paid our bill and it was then the waitress decided in her native language veitnamese to call a member of the group a f%*@#&g bitch across the floor to other customers.Not realising that we did in fact understand her native vietnamese language.
We will never eat there again and are pursuing additional channels of grevance with the management and elsewhere.The waitress was in fact the supervisor at that time.
This pho restuarant is one of the dirtiest pho places i've ever been to. While i was eating here, i saw a mouse running around on the unused space of the second floor area! The pho here is decent for a big bowl of cheaply priced pho. I would say that this place is okay if your craving for pho during late at night... otherwise i would not recommend coming here at all. The service is also very poor, you pretty much have to go up to the counter to pay, they arent going to bring you the bill because half the time they ignore you when you call for them.
I come here because it is open 24 hours, and when I get a late night craving, I think it is a healthier alternative to McDonald's or Wendy's. Overall, there food is decent, and acceptable for the convenience. The servers are always nice and get the orders right. But I made the mistake of ordering the iced coffee one night, and it was disgusting. Rather than using condensed milk, they just dumped coffee over a lump of sugar at the bottom of the cup. I know it is a chain restaurant so no one is that invested in the place there, but I don't know how they could even serve that to anyone. Won't be going back for the coffee, but it is still the only half-decent place around that's open late...
The pho here was pretty healthy compared to other pho places. The MSG content was quite low and the pho arrived promptly on time.
It's not that business there, so it might be lonely eating if you are not with company.
The condiments are fresh and crispy. So that's a good plus.
Overall, I would recommend this place if you go eat pho a lot on a weekly basis, since this is one of the more healthier options.
I've been here twice at around Midnight on weekends. I had soup with tripe, flank, steak, and tendon, which is an "adventurous" recommendation here but tame from my experience. Their soups are bland in my opinion, and the condiments aren't very pungent. However, this is acceptable for my dining companion, a steak-and-potatoes type who doesn't like anything spicy. The soda lemonade was way too sugary; they should serve it with sugar on the side. Otherwise, the place looks clean, and the staff is attentive. Interesting people here at late night, some of them looking for a hangover cure and others gearing up for another bar crawl! I know I shouldn't, but eavesdropping here is fun!
This is my favorite noodle place (Viet) on Kingsway. Straight forward noodle.This stuff is very healthy and great to stop at late at night.Sometimes can be full of sketchy people,never park below!
The food was cold the noodles were slimy, the soup was smelly the beef ball were awful spring rolls came cold , the rice dish had the thinnest pieces of pork chops,veggies were stale the waitress didn't care , the place was empty that was my sign to leave, but I figured it was thanksgiving most people were at home having turkey don't waste your money going to this place!!
Best Pho I've ever had is at this location of Pho Hoa. It may be in a seedy area of Vancouver-Kingsway, but it's worth going to.
Friendly staff always remember my friend and I, and cause we usually order the same thing, they remember our order when we come in.
Will definitely return again and again.
I didn't like this restaurant.
I've eaten a lot of Vietnamese food out and at home. I can definitely tell you that it is not that great. The terrible service that just ignores you and for some reason doesn't return your money forcing a tip. Maybe I came on a bad day... But I do not want to eat there again. Please. No more Pho hoa. it is NOT the healthy choice!