Royal serves Vietnamese food for dine in, delivery, or take-out. Tucked into a strip mall with a vacuum shop, a Subway, and a Starbucks right off 3rd and Burrard.
I could be making up imaginary borders here but pho just doesn't seem as good when its served west of Granville. I came here for an early dinner last Saturday and had a bowl of pho with some spring rolls on the side. Everything was fine but the broth wasn't to my preference like some other more east side Vietnamese restaurants. The restaurant is clean and decent inside, the service was good, everything seemed fairly authentic but something was just missing for me. Anyways, I doubt I will be back; I will be frequenting the dirtier places because I seem to enjoy the food more for whatever reason.
I came here again for lunch this afternoon as I was in the area around ten to 12pm.When I arrived there were 4 other diners in the restaurant but no more than grabbing a spot at the bench facing the street the restaurant instantly filled by noon. From what I saw many were return customers(the ladies serving knew them from neighboring offices) and a few were new comers; one guy was telling them how he's being going there for a while but the "secrets out on how good this place is".
As mentioned the restaurant is clean and plain I gave it a good rating because I feel that for what it is, it's great and you can't ask for much more other than friendly service, a clean place to have lunch, and hot food. Most patrons were having the noodle soup but a gentleman next to me happened to order a combo. Wow, it looked awesome, very plentiful and varied. It was similar to a bento box style meal.
Today I ordered the number 7 - which was the flank steak. So good, my mouth is watering just thinking about it, it came out hot and quickly. The lovely ladies that run/own the place are terribly nice and always filling tea and water and asking how it is. It's like eating with your family around.
As mentioned the place filled up by 12pm, I sat for about 30mins eating lunch and for the 30 seat restaurant it was very very busy - with both eat in and take out customers. I am so glad I came across this place and for those of us who dont want to head east it's a great spot! Check it out!
Finally a good place to have some Vietnamese food in Kits. Very good pho but a bit lacking of advertureous meat toppings but I think this fits into the Kits crowd. The salad rolls were one of the best I've tasted, the wrappings were so soft and not too big. Great spring rolls as well. The combo lunch/dinner options were huge and around $8-9. Service was great with what looks like a family operation. Ambiance is clean and bright.
I was so happy to stumble upon this place the other day.
It opened less than a month ago.
Its a pretty basic pho place with good prices and good service.
the Pho (haven't tried anything else) is very very very good! Not fatty, good broth, generous portion of meat.
They have one size (large) which is $6.50. Their salad roles are 2 for $3.99 for people who like those.
There are (as far as I know) not other vietnamese places in Kitsilano and this place is a much welcome addition!
Support these guys instead of going a few blocks away and blowing money at noodle box.
The food is really tasty - cheap, and great value. Definitely get spring rolls, salad rolls, or the combo dishes. the combo with spring roll and chicken on noodles was fresh and very filling... and less than a whitespot express burger... One of my fave places to grab take-out.. healthy too! The people who work there are friendly and attentive... the free tea is nice and strong.. and the orange slice at the end was fresh (as in was not precut hours before ;-)
I consider myself somewhat of a Phở connoisseur, and I have to say I found this conveniently located Pho restaurant a great relief. I wasn't sure what to expect - there are so many great Pho restaurants on Main street, I thought this west side Vietnamese soup restaurant might not measure up, and I'd have to continue to battle with traffic and bad parkers on Main street to get great Pho. I ordered a Pho and some Vietnamese spring rolls to go, and was impressed with the price and the wide variety of fixings I was supplied. Hoisin sauce, sprouts, lime, and of course... Thai basil! I had to add my own sambal (next time I'll ask for a little tub of Sriracha). The broth was tasty and fragrant, and the beef was nice and thin, the only mild argument was that the noodles were a little too soft, but that might have been a result of the take out - they weren't freshly added.
The spring rolls aren't my favorite, and could have been cheaper. I'm not a fan of the way they deep fry them, but it's similar to other Pho restaurants, so if you like the way you've had them elsewhere, you'll probably like these.
Overall very impressive, and if you like Pho at all, give this place a try!
For $8+ you get a small bowl of noodles that has smaller portion than a lot of 'smalls' in other Vietnamese noodle places yet they charge you a lot more. There isn't a lot of meat in the noodles either and the beef is a bit tough. There are a lot of other Vietnamese restaurants out there that will give you more for your money.
Bit of a left field location tucked in the strip mall on the west side of Burrard & 3rd (there's a Starbuck's on south side) - kind of hard to see unless you know it's there - but well worth a visit if you live in the 'hood and love Pho. As the temperature drops I find myself craving a hot comforting bowl of Pho with a fiery bird's eye chile, Thai basil, beansprouts, wedge of lime on the side on the side. We stopped by Royal Restaurant before walking up to a movie at Fifth Avenue last night. Pho (#8 on menu) was very tasty - aromatic stock (not too salty), fresh thin slices of rare beef, perfectly cooked rice noodles - a generous bowl of soup. BBQ Lemongrass Porc on Steamed Rice was good, but I'd definitely return for the Pho.