The first Pho speciality shop in Vancouver, trading since 1983.
I met up with a friend for lunch here this week. It's been a long time since we've both been here and it seems to have maintained itself consistently over the years.
Pho and spring rolls again were our cards. Our larges looked bigger than what we actually got, but lots of meat was to be had, but of which was decent at best. It was on the tougher side but that was offset with the jaw gnawing tendon, despite having a few large pieces floating around, which many places are guilty of being stingy on. Broth was good with minimum MSG added. Spring rolls were good but the filling was bland.
You never come to a Vietnamese noodle joint for the service and there is no surprise here. Lone waitress was friendly but her mind was elsewhere. We didn't get any tea or water but that wasn't a dealbreaker for us.
The restaurant is actually pretty clean and has held up well over the years though it feels a little cramped despite the larger space.
The food didn't wow us, but it was comfort food nonetheless.
The ancestors summoned us to eat with them and they decided to go to PHVR for some reason. Usually we have Chinese food when we eat with the old ones. I kept thinking that tomorrow is Ancestor Day in China, but since everyone at the table was alive, there was probably no connection. The restaurant was nicer than on my last visit, with new (and clean) carpet and some other renos. Service was good too, but one uncle insisted on talking to the Vietnamese manager in Cantonese. That was disturbing, although she could understand and speak to the venerable kao fu. Extra service points to the manager for putting up with us.
We had a variety of dishes, including spring rolls, salad rolls, roast chicken legs, and a variety of vermicelli-based meals, both with and without soup. I decided to be contrary and I had a beef curry on rice. It was quite tasty, although it was not like other curries I have had before. The other dishes were also reported to be good, and the chicken on vermicelli without soup was the unanimous choice for best dish of the evening. As for price, we all ate well including appetizers and beverages for about 15 bucks each. Luckily I did not have to pay :)
I will be back soon now that pho weather is here.
Came here Monday night - we had a craving for vietnamese. When we arrived, we were almost the only ones there - this was before 6pm. Shortly after - many people trickled in.
We ordered chicken skewers (good), spring rolls (not the best), vermicelli with lemongrass chicken and spring rolls (okay) and curry beef w/ rice (not bad). For such a well-known place, I expected much better food. I will commend them for using nice plates though - not your average chipped ceramics, but nice modern slightly oversized white plates, both square and round.
Restaurant seemed clean, but once you sit down and looked around carefully, you will notice that the place is in dire need of a good scrub down.
The service killed. Like previous reviewers, if I could give negative points for service, I would. During the meal, we were always polite saying our pleases and thank yous. When we asked for water the first two times, the owner lady said, "yah" then walked away. When we asked the server for water, or anything else, she looked at us like there was a stench in the air (yes, it's called stinky service) and again ignored our request.
I've seriously never had service this bad before. I'd much rather support restaurants that appreciate their customers.
In spite of some of the opinions of my friends and family, I have alway found the food and service at the Main Street Pho Hoang pleasantly consistent - the larger-than-other-pho-shops dining area also helps the ambience. When I am here, I normally order #21 Pho (large), or their lovely Grilled Lemon Grass Chicken and Pork served on a bed of rice. And of course, a small serving of their deep fried spring roll and high-wiring Vietnamese-French coffee to start.
My only wish is to have them expand on the appetizers section of the menu..and perhaps more seafood dishes.
Went there for dinner and shared the wings and spring rolls to start. OK spring rolls, average for a vietnamese rest. but the wings weren't as good as Phonm Penh (sp) in Chinatown.
Large Pho for $5.95 is a good deal and soup was good. Standard quality of meat. What I didn't like was the delay in the other people's food. They ordered fried rice and it came when the pho orders were almost finished. Service needs to be improved as per other posts. Good budget meal.
Dropped by on a rainy weekday during midafternoon about 3. They had about 7 or 8 customers, with just one waitress, typical. The place is definitely more clean than your usual pho joint, and I love how they don't leave the chopsticks and spoons out for you to get yourself like a lot of other places, which is why I gave it a 4 for ambiance. But they play an odd combination of music.. from classical they switch it up to vietnamese music?
The lady who worked there seemed nice.. but it was just her, so she was constantly on her feet. Seemed like everytime she had something to say, she had to yell across the room in Vietnamese. Not much else to say. Oh, and my food came 5 mins after I ordered, which was nice.
I had the in season veggies with noodles in soup. Okay, by in season they meant one kind of vegetable (some kind of choy, looks kinda like bok choy) and carrots. That's it. But the soup base is above average.. I did find it a little salty though, not as in msg or too much salt, but like over seasoned? Maybe my soup was at the bottom of the pot and they didn't stir it as they served it out to customers or something. And they gave me more than enough noodles. For once I didn't drink cups and cups of water after having pho!
My noodles were 6.75, there are no choices for larges or smalls unfortunately. But it's a decent price for the amount and quality I got. Not too bad for a pho joint.
There is very little deviation in the quality of Pho among Vietnamese Restaurants. "Noodles in Soup" (Pho, Wonton Noodle Soup, etc) is considered to be a 'fast-food-esq' type of meal in Asian Culture (Asians would NEVER host a somewhat important dinner at these places - they're only meant for quick bites when thy feels lazy a la late niters), therefore, the preparation and ingredients are very simple - hence, my assertion that quality varies very little between Pho Restaurants (Pho is Pho).
Having said this, there are 2 major determinants for people to favor one Pho Restaurant over another (whether conscious or unconscious): 1) Price, and 2) Quantity.
The pricing at this place is in line with most other places. Quantity wise, I'd say the portions are a tad more than the average.
That being said, Pho is Pho. Don't expect 5 Star Service, as this is basically a Vietnamese McDonald's - much like Wonton Noodle Places are Chinese McDonald's.
Accept it for what it is and rate accordingly.
The service was not great, but not the worst ever.
The tea literally tasted like dirt, I was surprised by how shockingly bad tea could be.
The pho, well, it beats some places on the west side but when so close to a few others south on main you may as well avoid this place with 1- overcooked meat 2-low quality garnishes 3- extremely salty broth.
There was 5 of us eating dinner here tonight. Sat us at the large, slightly dirty, round table. Asked the girl to wipe it clean, and gave us the look as though we were nuts!
One of us asked for a pot of hot water. She acted as though they didn't have any!!! Don't asian people drink alot of hot water??? Isn't this an asian restaurant??
Ordered 5 dishes. Not very good food. Felt sick afterwards. The Pho wasn't very good. Curry tasted ok but not the best. Small spring rolls and the chicken and pork satays were burnt.
Didn't come and ask how everything was.
When my husband tried to flag one of the girls to get our bill, she didn't come to the table to see what he wanted. He had to ask for the bill from across the room. Weird or what!! We decided not to leave a tip as we didn't get any service. The bill was for $37.10. We had $40 and my husband stood and waited for the change. THey wouldn't give it to him. He had to ask for it. And when they did finally give it to him, they threw it at the counter.
Will we be back? NOPE!! TOo many other great Pho places to waste our time here.
Personally, I love pho. However, there is a lot of MSG in the pho. Not the healthiest thing around (not that pho is healthy to begin with) but makes do for an empty stomach craving pho. I miss the lion fish in the fish tank. Overall, its pretty average, nothing spectacular.
I wanted some pho and this place had won "best Vietnamese" in Georgia Straight so thought would try it out. Big mistake!! The place was filthy. The table was sticky even after wiping. I overheard another patron ask to have their table cleaned again - twice! The food was mediocre. The broth tasted of MSG, which is a cheat in a good restaurant. The chicken ditto. Very disappointed. Don't understand how this place is busy when there are much better places. Don't encourage bad food... This is Vancouver and there are so many more choices!
I'm not a very adventurous pho eater - I always order Pho bo with rare beef. The broth at Pho Hoang is decent, I find it can be really inconsistent, sometimes rich and delicious and other days a bit watered down and bland. When its good its great, but I like consistency. I always have to ask for more basil and sprouts, they are often very stingy with the plate when you go in with a group.
The spring rolls are tasty, crisp and good.
I ordered the lemongrass chicken a while ago and it was only half cooked, they took it back and gave me a new one.
Service is not friendly, always have to ask twice for things, orders arrive at different times. But its cheap and mostly very tasty and I'll keep going back cause its clean.
I went here for a quick bite to eat. At first I had good vibes about this place since it seemed very busy, but I soon learned why it was so full. The service here is VERY slow. Pho should be like an Asian version of fast food, but my total meal time from sit-down to payment took over an hour! However, the prices are cheap and at $6.25 I received (eventually) a large bowl of stir-fried rice noodles with a 1/4 of lemongrass chicken. The noodles were fried just right, though kindof in one large ball and the chicken was tender and moist. Still, I could get good food quicker somewhere else, so the tastiness doesn't make up for the lack of service.
I've been going to this place for years and I think this place has the best tasting pho soup. I'm not exactly sure what makes this soup better than others but I would say it has a nice balance of flavours - not too salty, a little sweet, nicely spiced, and not a crazy amount of msg.
Aside from the soup, I also love their grilled lemongrass porkchop. It's so flavourful! My bf likes their lemongrass chicken.
I'd also like to add that this place is nice and clean compared to other pho places. That's another reason why I'll keep going here.
Food: My pho soup was served cold, therefore, the rare beef did not cook. When requested, the manager took it to the kitchen to have the soup microwaved (with my spoon in it).
Service: We waited 40 minutes for our food, and no attempt was made by the manager to make our meals satisfactory.
Ambience: I got too hungry to notice, but the fish tank in the entrance needs to be cleaned.
Price: $4.95 for a small bowl of pho but buyer beware.
Other: I noticed the tables beside us had to wait a long as we did, and overheard that one of their orders were not right.
My previous posting was removed, so I feel that it's my duty to re-submit so others will take note.
I used to be a big fan of this restaurant, but now I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone reading this!
Contrary to some of the reviews below, I've found that the food quality has remained excellent and the portions about the same. Pho Hoang still makes some of the best spring rolls in town and their pho broth is still better than almost any other pho place. However, the service is definitely hit or miss. If you're lucky, you'll get competent (don't hold your breath for friendly) service. Last time we were there with a group of four, nobody came to take our orders for 45 minutes. After which time we waited another half an hour for the first dish to arrive. One of our orders was completely wrong, and we didn't get our spring rolls until the very end of our meal, despite the fact that other tables who were seated later than us received their meals as well as their spring rolls ahead of us.
I passed by this restaurant last week and seeing how empty it was I dropped by for a quick bite. I looked at the menu for a while and no one came to take my order so I walked up to the register. I expected to eat soon but it took them a long time to make a bowl of Pho. By then I was starving and didn't care about the quality of the food. I just wanted to eat. When the Pho came, I first take a sip of the soup as I always do to test the quality of the broth. To my dismay, it was very salty and seemed to have lots of MSG. Well.. alright, no big deal I thought. I would just eat the noodle and meat. Well... the noodle was kinda all clumped up in the middle and was cold. The meat tasted old and rubbery. I guess this will be the last time I come here for mediocre vietnamese food.
We have tried this place a few times over the years and its service has been getting worse and worse. During our last visit, we asked for a to-go bowl for the leftover. We saw the waitress first put the lid for the bowl ON THE FLOOR before she bent down underneath the cash register to get a bowl. When we asked for a new lid, she threw us a wicked stare and loudly complained in a foreign language, and went on to complain to other co-workers. I wondered who was the customer here and who was paying who?? The service here was absolutely horrendous.
There's more better Pho's that this..
Came here with my GF. Very clostiphobic at the entrance and in the restaurant. We ordered your stardard RARE beef Pho with flank and another noodle soup.
The food arrived, the beef was WELL done. we told the waitress, She was not helpful at all. She said that's how it is,, but I pointed out on the menu "RARE = should see pink, blood" etc.. so she picked up our bowl, and stared this wicked burn.. Easy lady.. sheesh.. she should quit or something, caue customer service to her is like a vooddoo stare.. She walked back to the kitchen and hollered something back there. When she got back with the order, prob about a few mins later, the meat was nice, but after a few mins, it never cooked.. Unfortunately, the soup base was the same base prob cause the rare beef never changed in colour.. no the beef stayed rare. We enjoy letting the beef cook about 40%, but it never made it pass 10%. Was a sick feeling. We told the waitress again, did she snout us off this time.. dind't even eat it
Service - sure was disgraceful to the western society. they did not help with our order quality. but Sure was quick when the bill came.
Ambiance - just a few dirt away from having roaches roam this place. Always afraid seeing Southbound Main street traffic as we were directly in the path..
Food - This was bad..
We never going to come back here again. Sure it's cheap, gross and disgraceful when it comes to sevice. Though customer service wasn't important to them.. That's OK.. NO SERVICE, NO TIP, NO SEE US AGAIN.
The food at this restaurant was decent, except my spring rolls were burned around the edges which was unappetizing. The price was right, for sure.
My major beef with the place was the service. Similar to the previous poster, we were ignored for a good 15 minutes, and we weren't even waiting for other people. We were never asked how the food was or even thanked for coming. On top of that, they somehow forgot or delayed in making my spring rolls and brought them out at the end of the meal.
I really doubt I would go there again.
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