A West-end pho restaurant that also features bubble teas.
I was walking on Denman with my mate and I decided to try this place, because as everyone knows any time is a good time for pho. Plus they had bubble tea.
I scampered inside and discovered the restaurant was a little cramped but the server was friendly. I noticed they do a great take-out business, so by the time I placed my order I was ready for a feast.
Sadly I was disappointed. the bubble tea was watery and obviously from a powdered mix. It did not impress. When my spring roll arrived it was tiny and not too tasty. The salad roll that Mrs. C ordered was also underwhelming. On the plus side, the peanut dipping sauce for the rolls was very good.
The pho (we both had the beef brisket) was bland and the noodles were too soft. The beef was okay though. The chef actually came out to ask how the food was, and I appreciated that, so I lied and said it was great.
The place must do something right given the takeout business, so I will check out some of the other dishes if I ever go back.
Not my first choice for pho.
This is the best pho downtown. Hands down! :) If you want larger portions, they are definitely out there at other restaurants outside of downtown.
This small family-owned restaurant is very popular to people whom live downtown and want great authentic Vietnamese food (run by Vietnamese family) with great portions and a pretty good price.
I've been to about 10 different Pho restaurants in the Vancouver/Burnaby area and this one is by far my favourite. Even with the previous owners, the food has only improved. If you're looking for obese portions, go to a fast food joint and super size.
If you're looking for authentic Vietnamese food with very friendly service, go to Pho Number One. Saturdays and Sundays have special dishes - usually a spicy beef or chicken broth with curry and potatoes. So much flavour!
I lived in Vietnam for a year and travelled all over the country having pho at least once a day. So I like to think I know what I'm talking about when it comes to pho. I have also been to at least 15 different pho places in Vancouver, and have a good basis for comparison.
The broth is the key aspect of pho, and the broth here is admittedly very tasty.
However, I found, as with the comment below, that the portion sizes are small - what they serve is considereed "small" pho in every other restaurant, and there definitely needs to be an option for a large, if that's the way people want to go (I'm a tall slim 140lb vegetarian, and God knows I need the large... partially cause rice noodles digest so quickly and I don't have the meat to fill me up).
Also I found the prices very high, especially considering the portion size - for my veggie pho I paid $7 for a small, whereas everywhere else its $4-6 for a large. So the 75% price increase had me a bit soured too.
Its a good place if you're stuck in the West end, but I'd rather hop in my car and head to one of the amazing places on Kingsway or Hastings.
Was in the downtown area for the Jazz festival and was a bit hungry. So, since I haven't had Phở in a while, I decided to go to the West End to one of the places I have gone a couple of times (but, then again, you only have this place, Saigon and Vina).
I noticed that the people behind the counter weren't the same so that confirms what the previous reviewer mentioned. I ordered the rare beef Phở which arrived in about 7 minutes. Of course, it came with the usual bean sprouts, thai basil and a lemon wedge. The broth was tasty and the slices of beef melted in my mouth like butter!
Service was fast, non-pretentious and friendly. Nothing to complain about. The ambiance, well, it hasn't change much in ages but it is functional.
Now, if the food was good, why such low rating? Two words: portion size. While I will always go quality over quantity, the fact I was still hungry after having eating my bowl was disappointing. In fact, unless I miscounted, there were only 5 or 6 small thin slices of beef. Not sure if I will be back.
I usually have the special beef noodle pho. Generous portions of thinly sliced, quality beef, with a couple of sliced beef balls. Noodles are firm, the broth is outstanding. No trace of MSG either(I can tell!). Served with basil, sprouts and a lime wedge. Service is always fast and friendly. I wonder why there are not more Pho joints in the West End. It has to be the worlds best soup!
Based on reading other reviews, I'm guessing this place did indeed change hands before I ate there in early Jan 2008. The food was very greasy and tasted "old". The veggies tasted slightly off. The guy serving was very nice, but man, the food was just bad bad bad. I could barely get it down.
Based on my eating experience, I'll never be visiting again. It was also $25 bucks for appetizers and entrees for two people. This felt like a bit much based on the quality of the food.