Pho Linh is a reasonably priced, Vietnamese restaurant on the north side of Broadway near Kingsway.
I did a postal code search on Dine Here to see what was in my area and this place came up as being nearby so I decided to give it a try. Upon walking in, I definitely thought the place could use a coat of paint but the tables and chairs were okay.
I ordered two spring rolls and a large bowl of pho with rare and well done beef. The spring rolls were crispy and hot. The pho was very good; I really liked the broth and the beef. I was surprised how tender the rare beef was, this is generally my least favourite part of most pho as I usually find it a little chewy. The portion sizes were bigger than most with an abundance of noodles, beef, even more sprouts on the side plate.
Overall I really enjoyed my soup and I would definitely return.
My gf and I came here for dinner after hearing some positive word of mouth. It took a couple of yanks on the door to get in; the door's been dented before, maybe more than once. Tiny restaurant, very rough looking with a portable A/C unit on a chair with the duct running through the ceiling. We sat at a very small table by the corner with what I hope was just airborne food missiles splashed along the wall. Our table was dirty as was my gf's sticky tea cup. This place is a borderline dive. Subsequently, first impressions weren't looking good.
We ordered a couple of bowls of our assorted meat pho with the must have spring rolls on the side. Good dark broth though I felt it lacked depth and body and I felt the beef was too lean for my tastes. Good portions overall considering our smalls. Happy to know they use rice paper wrap for their spring rolls which made them all the better; middle of the road was the best way to describe it.
What superceded the meal was the ultra friendly lone server on the floor. Not only did she check up on the tables a couple of times without being overbearing, she went around the room topping up our tea regularly even though each table had their own teapots. She even chatted it up with neighbouring tables. Such small things like this warrants extra points.
Good food overshadowed by surprisingly friendly service.
On a tip, we headed over to try this place. I'm sure the pho is tasty, but we were after something else. Beef 5 ways. Or maybe it's 3 ways. Anyways, it's less than 7 ways.
It's a dinky little place, you probably won't win awards on a first date. Okay clean. Looks like a family operated joint and the server (daughter?) was super-friendly and helpful.
It looks a little pricey, but that's because it is a feast for 2 people. And it is A LOT of food. We were virtually rolling out of there after just this one order.
If you don't know how many ways they do beef, well, here's your chance to find out. BTW, it's more than just beef, there are heaping platefuls of vegetables, herbs, noodles, etc to go with it. It's a full meal deal.
Recommended for a trip (unless maybe all you want is pho), it's certainly worth the trip as it will hardly dent your wallet even if you don't like it.
Pho Linh is a great little restaurant. The staff is extremely nice, helpful, and accomodating. The Pho is some of the best in the city, and you really get a great bang for your buck. A small size soup is normally more than enough for one, and if you order the Spring Rolls (which I suggest you do) you'll find there's about a dozen per order. This isn't fine dining or anything, but the charisma and aroma keeps me coming back for more. Its always a good sign when the restaurent is full of Vietnamese people speaking Vietnamese. (who would know better!)
Pho Linh might not be really flashy, but as far as Pho places go... it's quite solid. Pho Linh is a typical tiny little Pho place, and they server every variety you can think of. The atmosphere is pretty nice and cozy during any time of the day.
The food is very good. They give a lot of noodles for the Pho and the portions are great. The rice dishes are amazing too. If you've ever been to a vietnamese restaurant, ate, and then experienced a nasty MSG aftertaste-- you'll be surprised because you won't find that here. (At least I didn't notice everytime I went).
The service is really good as well. The ladies who run the place came over to pour tea and actually try to converse with me and my friend. And a few times one would come over to ask us how the meal was going each time we ate there. They even asked us if the tea was too strong! Super friendly.
I loved this place. And I'll keep going back!
The pho at the Pho Linh is quite good, it actually serves raw slices of beef in broth when ordered! There are pho houses which have rare beef (pho tai) on the menu but serve grey, overcooked meat and some give very little beef. It is a family restaurant and has that casual ambience as such; so don't expect crisp, professional service, take it for what it is: a good value family restaurant that makes a great pho and is consistent in quality.
I live around the corner and come here quite a bit. I never used to, but they have improved and now I'm definitely a repeat customer.
I'm not sure if it's my imagination or if they got new lighting-- they have nice track lighting, not bright & flourescent like some pho's. Also they are licensed (the beer's not on the menu but you can ask for it.) And most importantly the food is all-around better.
They have the standard Vietnamese combos with vermicelly or rice, plus meat, and/or spring rolls.... in the $7-8 range.
The lady who runs the place is extremely nice & friendly, always makes you feel welcome, but is not intrusive. Great little place for takeout , or a quick meal & a beer after work!
I have been eating at Pho Linh for well over a year on a regular basis. I have taken all my friends there and they have always enjoyed the food and family restaurant atmosphere. The food is consistently good and service is friendly. Value for money is amazing, I always leave a big tip as I feel almost guilty abut paying the low prices.
The lady who owns and runs Pho Linh is very charming and very committed to producing and serving good food. She told me she makes all the Pho broths from scratch as she wants to know where it came from and how it has been made. Her kids sometimes work tables when not busy with school work. They are amazingly professional for teenagers!
I love this place and will keep going back, it sort of feels like home.
This place has brushed up since it first opened. It's been renovated twice since last year, and has cleaned up a lot. The walls need to be re-painted though, since the chairs left skid marks. They got new tables recently, or so it seems, since the last time I was there.
The lovely Young ladies that I see working there during the weekend are very nice, and so is the lady that works week days. It seems like a restaurant ran by the whole family, it's very heart-warming. The boss, is very friendly as well.
Great food! I recommend the small house special pho, if it's your first time there. Just because you'll get a bit of everything, so next time you know what you like. The rice is great, but i personally recommend the vermicelli with spring-rolls and grilled pork. That's the best dish!
The portion they give you for the price you pay is amazing compared to other places I've been to. Great tasting food.
Overall, this restaurant is a nice little restaurant that you should go to with a few friends or family.
Great pho, would definitely come again. The waitresses were really nice. The price was alright. Pretty quiet at 3pm (when I usually go). Pretty busy around lunch and dinner. I went here for lunch with a couple of buddies, my first time, and they seemed to enjoy it as well. Definitely has nice lighting.
But, definitely give this place a try!