Little Vietnamese noodle soup restaurant, with the typical Vietnamese noodle soup menu and fixings.
This little unassuming place seems to have been here for years. It really hasn't changed inside and out over the years.
I've been coming here on and off for years and it remains a consistent place.
Considering some of the dumps other Pho places I've been to this place is adequate (of course it could use some new carpet and other small cosmetic touches). Karaoke type music plays in the background with the nicer than usual decor.
I've basically stuck to the Assorted Meat Pho plus Spring Roll Combo shown underneath the glass on each table while sometimes venturing out and getting the Lemon Grass Chicken/Pork with Vermicelli. Typical portions and good quality. Don't get the Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup. I ordered that once and it consisted of coarsely chopped vegetables in a bland, watered down but somehow sour soup.
The Vietnamese servers are quick to take your orders but sometimes I notice the empty dishes from other tables take a while to be cleared. I guess sometimes the owners have their small children there either to do homework or to help out on the floor with cash and change to the customers.
Prices are near dirt cheap and with dozens of Pho places around town this is one place that is a safe bet. Nothing memorable but the place is not forgettable either.
$6 for small, $6.50 for large. 7.50 upwards for grilled lemon grass meat on rice, vermicelli, etc. iced coffee $3.50. prices include tax.
The broth for the noodle soups are fairly light though still noticeably oilyl. A lighter broth usually means less of the soup stock/MSG used. A large means more noodles (at $6.50) and still not really much in total meat content. For the most part, the noodles are alright but with a slight hint of flour pastiness. The small doesn't seem much worth it at $6, I wouldn't call that cheap even if the 6% food tax is included in the pricing--same goes for the iced coffee at $3.50 per shot (For a very good reason, I can no longer trust the condensed milk from this location, but the food's cleanliness & freshness seems fine). The grilled lemon grass pork chop on rice is average in taste. Any expectations of a side of soup that most other pho places offer free with your grilled orders, will cost you extra here.
The female service is pleasant while the old guy acts as if he's just tolerating your presence because you are there to give them money. The dining area seems relatively clean--at least the tables are and with decent ventilation while the carpet needs more attention, perhaps more regular vaccuuming between the meal rush time when maybe there are no patrons in the restaurant would improve the experience by a lot. But for the most part, it seems more comfortably "clean" than the usual pho place. It's definitely larger inside than I would have expected looking at it from the outside.
Overall, it was a solid experience with pretty typical offerings on the menu.
It doesn’t look like much, but this place is always fairly busy, consistent flow of customers. The food is consistently good. Fresh herbs and lime wedges, all the necessary sauces, there’s nothing stand out about this place, just good quality food. Pho hits the spot every time, lemongrass pork is tasty. Spring rolls are outstanding, one of the best I’ve had. The shrimp and beef tend to be overcooked, although the beef has gotten better the last few times around. Service and décor could use some freshening up, but I come back for the good deals on food.
I don't know if the owners are the same but they are the same name. The noodle soup here is definitely better than Kingsway Pho Hong. I'm not sure I agree with the review of Kingsway Pho Hong. Both places, being your typical almost-fast-food style Vietnamese restaurant, is not incredibly clean, but passable. The decor in both places is nice. The soup here though is definitely much clearer in taste.
Went there just this past weekend with girlfriend and buddy. I kinda forgot this location because I don't normally come to this area except for my sushi fix. I always visit the Burnaby location and may consider changing to this place since it is a little closer.
Food: I always order the large pho with spring roll. Friend had the small pho with spring roll and girlfriend had just the small pho and split the spring roll with me. The broth was very deliciously consistent, very rich and flavourful taste. Spring rolls came out hot and crispy. No complaints as the food was very good.
Value: At $8.50 for the pho and srping roll, would say it is an awesome deal.
Service: The thing about this place is even though the place was packed with high customer/food turnover, never once the waitress asked us to leave or gave us the bill when finished our food. We talked for over an hour and even asked for tea refilled and was very polite and friendly.
Overall: A good place to have good viet food and friendly/polite staff. 9 out of 10
What can one really say? not even five minutes after being seated down I got the waitress literally barking "You want to order!?" Okay, I ordered my pho noodles and my daughter her lemongrass pork with vermicelli, order comes and they are both utterly tasteless. Maybe they are just having a bad day? My daughter couldn't finish her food so we asked to have it wrapped, waiter tossed a container at my table (Yes, as in threw) and asked me to fill it myself, okay?? never again!
A fairly busy Sunday afternoon. Waited by the table while the waitress was cleaning it up. Noticed that the jalepeno peppers and wedges of lime that were left behind from the previous customers were carefully placed aside on a tray. Wondered if these will be recycled for the next customers. Some of the spoons set on our tablet were a bit greasy and had to asked the waitress for a replacement. A small peice of cilantro was still attached to a chopstick and that too was replaced.
We had 'pho' and the soup was OK. Pricey for what you get. The place needs a good make-over.
One of our favourite pho places.
For $8.50, which incudes GST, you can get a large bowl of pho with a spring roll.
The broth is very flavourful. One of the best around.
The meat adequate but not memorable..
The spring roll was very good.
A homely restaurant which offers solid food at a good price.
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