Pho Thai Hoa is a Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsway with a casual atmosphere and reasonable prices. 10% discount on takeout orders.
I've eaten at Pho Thai Hoa a couple times and the pho is better than most Vietnamese restaurants. The broth is tasty and the bowls are plentiful with generous helpings of meat.
I am not a big fan of their banh mi (subs) though. I thought the bun was a little chewy and not as fresh which is usually what makes good banh mi really taste great. They are also a little smaller than other places, especially places on Kingsway that just specialize in subs. I think it might be just a case of trying to do to much though because all of the rest of their food is great.
The menu is extensive with many options to choose from from pho, to different types of other soups, rice dishes, non-soup vermicelli dishes, etc. The service is very friendly, especially for a Vietnamese restaurant. The restaurant is always clean.
I will return when I am craving pho and might try some of their other soups.
Food: one of the few places that gives me the combo i like when eating pho: raw beef, tripe, and tendon. extensive menu selection. this place offers a lot of dishes we had to previously visit elsewhere to get but now it's all available at one place. i havent tried a lot of the dishes on the menu but i am a fan of the papaya salad. i do suffer fr thirst after consuming pho but that is true of most viet restaurants. they give you ample serving of sprouts and basil which i appreciate.
Service: be very very clear about what you want to order if ordering in english!! ive had a few mix ups with ordering #14 and getting #4 instead! i suggest saying what u want combined with pointing in the menu!! all 3 times ive had the mix up they have been accommodating in rectifying my order. food comes at a fairly decent rate.
Ambiance: nothing special. dont expect much in terms of decor and ambiance. there are 2 flat screen tvs, the place is usually full and busy meaning it's loud. try not to go to the washrm...i dont know about the mens washrm but the women's is really small and cramped. (ie the stall dr hits the toilet!) this is just a casual joint for some good food! dont try to impress your first date here!!
Overall: when in the mood for some pho this is our default restaurant to go to. it never disappoints.
We really wanted to like this place, we really did. We hit it to sample the Pho Ga to see how it compares to our gold standard (sadly, not in Vancouver). They have a very extensive menu, lots and lots of variety and things to choose from.
Well, it was decent. Not the best, but not so bad, but nothing amazing. We also ordered a big sampling rice dish with various meats and meat products and a fried egg/rice cake "pancake". That was very nice.
Service was very friendly, no complaints whatsoever and inside was reasonably clean.
Why the low food marks? Damnit if we weren't frothing at the mouth afterwards from all that MSG thirst! If they just lay off that stuff, we'd give it higher marks. We really want to come back, we really do, but the MSG would give us pause.
I've been to this place 4 or 5 times now so I thought I'd submit a review. Let me start off by saying that they do make good pho with tasty broth and generous quantities of garnishes. The wife and I usually split a pho and a rice dish. The grilled pork chops and lemon grass chicken are consistently well prepared, no complaints there. They also make a good salad roll and some good coffee.
My main issue with this restaurant is the service. The servers seem generally disinterested in your business and it often takes a while to get them to acknowledge your presence. I've also had them forget to bring beverages like shakes several times while other diners who arrived after us received the same thing I ordered. I'm not sure if it's bias towards the regulars or that's just how it is but I'm unimpressed.
Overall, the food is standard Vietnamese fare. Given the number of similar restaurants on Kingsway, I'll go elsewhere in the future.
Whenever I have the craving for Pho I don't go anywhere else but Pho Thai Hoa. Their Seafood noodle in soup is excellent. Foods always super hot and fresh and the waitresses are very nice. I think they might have changed ownership but the food is still consitantly good.
We started with spring rolls. They were hot, crispy and full of stuffing. There was also a generous bowl of nuoc cham for dipping. I appreciate the extra nuoc cham as I like to use it with the salad that comes with the rolls.
The pho here last night was very good. I had the dac biet #4 and my partner had beef balls and rare beef. The broth was very flavorful, probably the most tasty I've had in a while. The beef was tender and there seemed to be a good ratio of noodles and toppings to both bowls. The condiment plate was fresh: bean sprouts were crispy, generous helping of basil (not wilted, wedges of lime and thai chilies. So many other pho restaurants skimp out with providing chilies :(
Service was a little slower, but better than the last time we were here. (The last time the seated us, and then never came back....at all!)
One glaring thing that would have made the pho better would be the temperature of the broth. It wasn't as hot as it should be. Value for money is pretty solid (for vancouver pho places) as an appetizer and 2 regular bowls of pho came to just under $18.
On a side note: I find that with different pho restaurants the smell that lingers in your clothes when you leave varies from place to place. This particular place you reek of it. I don't know if it's a difference of ventilation or what, but be forewarned before you wear your "dry-clean only" attire in there. :) I would return to Pho Thai Hoa and recommend to friends.
After sampling many of Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, I can be confident to say Pho Thai Hoa is the best.
We first came here with a group of 12 people in our student society at 7PM. At that time, I just ordered a Noodle Soup with Medium Rare Beef and Beef Ball. Other friends ordered different kind of Pho. The Pho arrived fairly fast. It is served with fresh beansprouts, basil leaf, hot chili and a small piece of lemon. I put them together and taste it, wow, it's awesome, just the right flavor... We also ordered some spring rolls and salad rolls to share, they are delicious and become more outstanding with the right fish sauce and the peanut sauce.
Impressed by the first visit, I invited my girl friend coming there for the second time. Once again, I ordered a Pho while my girl friend order Lemon Grass Chicken on Rice. My girl friend just loves the Lemon Grass Chicken and she asked for an extra order to bring home.
We are very please for the service; it is very fast and friendly. The price of Pho and Lemon Grass Chicken is also very reasonable. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great. They decorate in the wall and even in the rest room, all look very nice and clean.
I had been a frequent goer- to this place. During one period, I stopped going there because the beef-meat and meatballs weren't fresh. Tasted like they're days old. Later on, they were ok again - so we started going back. The food is ok so long as they keep to the standard. Environment is rather poor I'd say - obviously dark. Good thing they didn't have carpet flooring like most other restaurants or else they would certainly smell strong too.