I must admit, when I walked in, I was a little skeptical. Usually a vietnamese restaurant, the smell hits you, the minute you walk in. Then, when I saw the menu, Agedashi Tofu, Tempura and Edamame. Hmmmm.....for a while.
We ordered the Charbroiled Brouchettes (pork) and Spring Roll (#29), Pagado Special Beef Noodle Soup and the Mango Blended Fruit Shake. The food came and OMG. The pork brouchettes were veeery tasty. The beef noodle had very nice soup and the shake was soooooo good, but a little small for the price.
Overall, great suprise and most of all, no MSG, or not much anyway. Don't feel all thristy, or weird after taste when I left.
Service was really good as well.
My sweetie and I went for Sunday lunch on the drive and gave this place a try.
I had Beef Pho and he had Curry Chicken. The soup broth was nicely seasoned, but I prefer my beef served raw on the side (they put it right in). I will ask for it that way next time. The curry sauce for the chicken was very thin but we aren't sure if that is the traditional way it is supposed to be in Vietnamese curry. Anyway, it was nicely seasoned. We also shared a salad roll and the best thing about that was the dipping sauce, the roll itself was nothing special.
The service was really very good, the waitress was both pleasant and efficient.
As an added bonus we got 20% off the bill (Sunday special??) We were astounded that we could have lunch for under $17 for two.
We'll go back for sure, and bring the kids next time!
Had dinner here with my family and a friend and her family - 7 of us. I phoned to make reservations for 5PM and when we got there at 4:55PM, they did not have the table set up!
FOOD: Delicious! Everything tasted really good. I had the curry chicken. They said it wasn't spicey but I found it a tad spicey. Not really worth the cost - only 5 pieces of chicken. My daughter had the Wonton & Noodle soup. Big bowl and everything tasted delicious. It came piping hot! My husband and my friend and her husband had the #39 Dinner combo - lemongrass chicken, salad roll and spring roll. It all looked delicous and very tastey - wasn't too fond of the salad roll though. The other kids had Pho with beef and they loved it too. Appetizer was ordered - no chicken wings. Wasn't this a Vietnamese restaurant? No chicken wings?? Found that really odd. My friend also ordered the lettuce wrap as an appetizer. That came half way of the meal!! It wasn't what she was expecting - deep fried lettuce wrap! We also got the deep fried banana for dessert. Fair size but the bananas were not ripe enough so it wasn't sweet - even with the ice cream. For the three of us - the total bill came to $45 including tip. So it was a very good value.
SERVICE: We seemed to sit there for ages before our food came, ages before they even cleared our table. We always had to ask for more tea, more water, the bill . . . not asking how our meals were either. They seemed to be sweet girls but nothing up there!! Also, it wasn't busy for dinner. Six other tables only for the 2 1/2 hours that we were there.
VALUE: Very good value. I would go again!
AMBIANCE: It was clean and not too crowded. The bathrooms were ok.
Chicken was charred,spring rolls we were served had a nasty aftertaste...service was slow and restaurant was only 20% full at lunchtime.Had to ask 3 times for our sodas,arrived after we finished our lunch..waitress said she was sorry she forgot and was new..lol..very comforting. There are certainly better restaurants on Commercial Drive. And there is something better and more favorable Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver
We went to Red Pagoda just to check out a new Vietnamese restaurant in the city. The place is small, but even when busy, you don't feel like you've been crammed in. The food is what you would expect of a small, non-descript Vietnamese restaurant - reasonably priced, decent portion size and tasty. I would go back if we were in the area, but it's not a destination place to dine.
I went here for lunch today. 2nd time in two months. we came back because the first time the food was good and we used a groupon without problems.
I need to caution you all regarding the latest Groupon Deal.
we used a Groupon of pay $10 get $20 worth of food.
our food bill came to $17 plus change, after HST tax the bill came to $20.05
the waitress charged us and extra $2.40.
when I asked where this $2.40 came from, she said it was tax. and that this tax must be paid.
it totally did not make any sense. HST was already added to the bill. I asked her to explain what extra tax was this for? she said something about Groupon charging the restaurant a tax and the restaurant was losing money, so they now charge the customer the extra tax of an additional 12%
one customer before me also complained about the extra $2.40 ...
we will not be returning here.
We have come here regularly for a couple years, usually for lunch. We've had a variety of dishes, curries, lemongrass chicken, green papaya salad, spring rolls, etc. Everything is well prepared but we always come back for the soups. All the noodle soups are FANTASTIC. We've been to 3 or 4 other places for PHO (sorry Red Pagoda, we cheated on you) but nothing compares. The broth is excellent, the spicy soups tasty as well as spicy, the noodles are firm and fresh and they give you plenty of sprouts and basil. The service is always very pleasant and the kitchen is pretty fast and obviously great at what they do in there. Oh, did I mention, we are picky? Oh yes, not too many places pass muster with us and when they do they really deserve it.
I usually tend to opt for the more authentic-open -late- neon-lights-kitchy Vientamese experience, so I went to Red Pagoda with some reservations. In fact I was really just joining friends for drinks so I initially did not order any food. My friend ordered a vegetarian spicy peanut soup ( I had a few drinks and the name of this dish escapes me). It had chunks of tofu in it as well noodles and of course sprouts and basil. The soup base was a delicious warm spicy peanut/ coconut flavour with a vibrant orange colour. I tasted this dish and immediatly ordered myself a bowl- It was a nice change from the usual Pho experience. Ye-ah to good vegi options!! As for the service, my friend had eaten there a few times and warned that the service was not great. I found that although the waitresses were friendly, the restraunt was very busy and it was hard to get another drink ordered. They also put onion in my friends soup although she had told them she could not eat them. Moreover, we ordered a mango/soho bellini that sounded amaising, but it was chinzi and the presentation was poor. .....But as far as the vegi soup went, ill be back to try another bowl!
We'd been here twice previously and both times the food was excellent and we enjoyed our meal. We ordered the share sampler plate this time again and found the quality of the food had gone down considerably....the peanut sauce was a pale, thick, flat-tasting blob with a handful of chopped nuts on top, the two skewers of what we presumed was pork and chicken were small and dried. It tasted like the skewers had been pre-cooked and thrown back on the grill to reheat. The meat didn't have the appearance or taste of freshly cooked meat. I bit into the small leave-wrapped 'beef-filled' sampler and the meat was hard inside which was a bit of a shock because it was unexpected and wasn’t like that previously ....freshly cooked ground beef is crumbly not hard. I don't know whether it was an off night or they've changed cooks but we thought the food was terrible. The service was lacking also as there was only one server and even though the restaurant only had a handful of patrons the service was very slow and it took a while for the food to arrive.