A Taste of Vietnam is located on Broadway near Oak and offers free delivery.
Visited on a weeknight and tried a combo dinner. Rather expensive at $16 so actually thought it was for 2 people, but it was only for 1. Steamed rolls were very good, best I've had. Spring rolls were pretty average. Comes with a small beef noodle soup but it was probably 1/3 the size of their small soup if you ordered it a la carte. Also 2 meatball skewers which was just average. Also tried the stuffed chicken wings and it was not good, over friend and dry. Service was pretty quick and efficient and place was clean. Probably would not return for dinner but there are some good lunch specials at reasonable prices (under $8).
I was introduced by a friend to Taste of Vietnam, they have really good beef noodle soup, the soup base is perfect! My friend said its like having a traditional bowl of Pho in Vietnam! You really taste the beef and the onions in the soup, and not MSG unlike most Vietnamese restaurants. Don't expect your meal to be quick, you do have to wait awhile for your meal. They serve really good spring rolls too! Sometimes I'd even order 2 orders just cause they are so good. You also get complimentary fresh fruits for dessert! The restaurant looks like a little French cafe with paintings on the wall, and vases and flowers on each table, it all accents nicely with the quality of food. I would highly recommend A Taste of Vietnam for lunch or dinner!
It gets 4 stars not for being a 4 star restaurant, but for being one of the best Vietnamese places that we've tried in town so far ... and a pleasant surprise. Near closing at 10pm, there were still a lot of people rolling in, a good sign.
For starters, the place is modern looking and clean. I can feel safe in there :-)
The hostess/waitress/owner(?) is very friendly and helpful. Food came very quickly too. She took our order (lots of stuff) without any pen or paper and hardly missed a thing.
We tried a ton of stuff, but no pho. Papaya salad, sweet & sour soup, steamed rice cakes, mango roll, etc. Everything came quickly, it was a lot of goodies for 2 of us. All was very tasty and "clean" tasting.
We had a lot of good variety of Vietnamese whilst in San Jose, CA and one of our top picks was Vung Tau II (off the Dixon Landing exit on I-880), but that's 16 hours away. This is the one place that could satisfy my craving. The menu is very decent size (though not quite as big as the aforementioned), but more importantly, the food quality and unique dishes was at least as good or better.
We're probably going to make a return trip (that's rare for us!) to try the Vietnamese sandwiches and other goodies.
Definitely worth a trip for you, but just be sure to be a little adventurous and go for more than pho.
Though the broth in the pho is light & not bad at all, and the meat seems relatively fresh & clean, the "small" is definitely small in portion. You'd have to go "large" in order to get at least the amount of noodles/contents you're used to from other pho places--though you might find it a little too large if you're usually a "small" person.
The stuffed chicken wings are tasty enough while the prawn/shrimp paste on sugar cane was served somewhat cold--obviously pre-cooked and not reheated well enough. Though the size of the sugar cane itself looked impressive, eating a cold piece of paste wrapped around it tends to be a turn-off.
The iced coffee is pre-dripped & stirred for you before it's served. Quite potent if you're a coffee drinker, it'd be perfect for you--since I'm not, it turned out a little too bitter for me. But at least I know it wasn't watered down. Problem is the service, too. Very slow. They're possibly understaffed but even with a table of few, they seem much more slower than they ought to be. Even the drinks ended up being served last though the tea was poured before the orders were taken. The beef stew was on the anemic side. Few pieces of actual content while there's enough sauce, but the sauce is rather bordering on bland. Similarly, the curry chicken is very small in portion and only the cheapest parts of the bird was offered. More skin than meat, really, and less than a handful of it. The lemongrass flavours were lacking or nearly absent. The BBQ chicken rice is very tiny in portion as well. The sandwiches, though "juicy" is really a little too greasy to enjoy.
I definitely don't see the need to return for another meal except for its location, it really does come out as being "adequate" or somewhat lacking. Seems that it's popular w/ the Caucasian clientele--again, probably due to its location, so they do cater well to that.
I started coming here when I worked in the area and still come back just to eat at this restaurant from time to time. I usually order the Pho which is excellent, but the other stuff is good here as well, I have brought many people here and everyone likes it. Good vegetarian and vegan selections, inexpensive, good service, this is definitely a place I will keep coming back to.
Have been here for lunch on a few occasions. Have tried most of the lunch specials and appy menu. Pretty decent food throughout. Probably one of the better authentic 'Nam food in the area. Also get a liitle fruit(cantaloupe and honey dew) salad with your oder. The ladies working there are very nice. Have no real concerns or complains. The lunch special prices are reasonable. Use to be the location of the original Banana Leaf.
Visited here during Friday lunch hour, place was busy. Nonetheless, service was prompt, food came quickly. I had their Special Sub, ordered it spicy but it wasn't at all, other than that, the sub tasted very good. Companions had their Special Beef Noodle Soup, Veggie Combo (spring roll, grilled veggies, rice vermicelli), and an Avacado shake. All were reported to be tasty. Prices and portions were very reasonable. The place looks a bit run down and crowded. The bill comes with a bowl of fresh fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew) for everyone at the table to share, which was nice and refreshing, especially on a hot day! Overall a great dining experience.
I have been to A Taste of Vietnam many times and have enjoyed all of my meals here. They have great subs during lunchtime and very reasonably priced main courses for dinner. The pho, salad rolls, vermicelli dishes are all great. A nice treat is the fresh watermelon, honeydew and cantelope served at the end of the meal.
I have been coming to this restaurant for a few years now, since a friend who worked in that area introduced it to me. It is one of my favourite Vietnamese places to go to. I don't know if they get busy that often because every time I go there it would either be almost empty or only half full. There has only been once when it was a completely packed house at the time I was there (and may I add that I was very happy for them!)
The food is great. I've tried so many things from here but my favourite would have to be their pho. I usually order the P6, which is the Special Beef Noodle Soup. I love their soup; I usually add in the hot sauce but even if I don't, it will still taste delicious. Another dish I like is the Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Soup. I think this was the first place that I tried Lemongrass Chicken in a soup - and I loved it. Their Spring Roll is also good and not greasy - it is one of the must-eat appetizers.
The service here, while not exceptionally great, is not bad. It can be slow at times as usually there is only one server, but it is not the kind of incredibly slow service that would annoy me. I love how this place gives you a small complimentary fruits bowl at the end of your meal. Sometimes, I get so full from all the food here that I had no room left for that!
I hope this place gets a lot of business. I've seen a lot of places close down lately and I would not want to see this place do the same. They're a solid restaurant that I can rely on. Throughout all the years that I've been coming here, I've been bringing many friends and they all like it. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone.
Overall rating is a 4 because I'm kindof picky about Vietnamese food and I've only tried a few others in town. But I love this place.
We also know people that have moved across town and really miss this place.
It's become a regular place for us to go and take out from -always really good. The ambiance is not amzaing, but I keep returning and always have a good meal and a good time.
Service is very nice.
I love the little fruit cup at the end of your meal.
I wouldn't recommend this place for the pho, but the combos are good. The brochettes will always be very fatty, but that's okay. The people are nice and I like that they give you a fruit treat at the end. The food is cheap and it's a regular on my rotation.
I was strolling one day when I bumped into a sign. It was the wooden menu board of this little gem. The salad roll on the menu caught my eye but even better it was more delicious than imagined! The server was so kind and friendly. She explained various dishes and suggested a few items. The overall meal was neatly presented and they added a little fruit cup in the end instead of mints!! A great touch. Decent priced meals and lunches are a no brainer if you work in area. The yummiest sub is the bbq chicken. I have been there many times since I luckily bumped into the sign!
We found this restaurant in the Vancouver Entertainment Book and thought we'd give it a try. Two of us went there for dinner around 6pm on a Sunday. The restaurant was only 30% full. Everything looked simple, casual, and clean enough. The menu offers lots of options, including a vegetarian section.
There was only one waiter, and he dressed like he just got out of bed. I thought he was probably the son of the restaurant owners. My friend inquired about the difference between egg and rice noodles, but the waiter did not seem to understand what my friend was asking. We ordered vegetables with rice noodles and chicken on rice noodles.
Then we waited and waited, for about 40 minutes for our food to arrive. Four people came in for takeout after we ordered and they got their food first and left. The customers that came in after us also got their food first. I thought it was either because we ordered hot food instead of salads and rolls so it took longer to cook, or because we used the Entertainment coupon so they decided to cook our food last. Either way, there were so few people in the restaurant that I thought the 40-minute wait was unacceptable. However, when the food came, it was delicious. Good portions with lots of veggies and chicken in delicious sauces. The fruit at the end was also fresh and very tasty (watermelon, melon, cantaloupe).
I will go back but probably only for takeout because of the long wait. I highly recommend the food. Simple, delicious, and healthy.
This is a cute little restaurant right off of Oak. The food is authentic, very good and the prices are great, not to mention the very friendly service. There are quite a wide variety of items on the menu. We tried the vegetarian egg rolls (a bit too deep fried), the lemon gress chicken and the vegetarian curry. All were quire tasty. The portions were sizeable so we didn't really need to order the egg rolls. Dessert of fresh fruit was on the house. We shall return to try to pho when the weather turns "chicken soupy."
We chose this restaurant from the entertainment book because we were in the area and because the reviews on dinehere were pretty decent. We didn't realize that we were setting ourselves up for disappointment.
The ambiance of the place is satisfactory and seemed quite clean. They could probably get rid of the tacky fake flowers on the table.
My hubby ordered the veggie fried rice and I ordered the Special Vermicelli Combo. Mine came first and the order was very large, with lots of vermicelli, veggies, a spring roll and beef all in a bowl. The spring roll was really good and the beef was flavourful but had a couple touph parts that I had to choke down. The hubby's order was average sized but definitely not enough to fill him.
At the end of our meal when I tried to use my entertainment book coupon, the restaurant owner refused to honour the coupon. The owner pointed to a small sign at the very back of the restaurant that said that customers need to present their coupon before ordering because they changed the conditions. The sign is definitely NOT visible to any diner unless they walk by it to go to the washroom at the back of the room before they happen to order.
The owner told us that we could either have 20% off our meal or save the coupon for another time. We opted for the 20% since we probably won't bother returning. It's not like the meal was expensive anyway but it was annoying to have the restaurant change the conditions to the exact opposite of what is stated on the coupon. Just wanted to warn any future coupon wielding customers.
For five to seven dollars you can eat a nutritious and filling lunch. They have a large selection of items on the menu from pho to salad rolls to subs.
I have eated here twice. the first time we tried the chicken skewers (very tender and the sauce was thick and flavourful) an interesting salad roll with mango and basil which was very fresh and flavourful. The tea and waters were always full and the price was under 7 dollars.
the second time I had the rare beef pho. The broth was oily. it came out hot but was not as fresh as other places.
This place is a good lunch choice but I do not recommend the pho
I decided to try this restaurant for the first time with take out food. The take out menu said they deliver for free within three kilometers, and knowing that I live within two kilometers I decided to call them and place an order.
They said I lived outside of the delivery area and told them I didn't. They tried everything to make me not order from them and after several attempts to convince them I lived with two kilometers, they said they would take my order, but they still tried to convince me to pick my order up because delivery would take a long long time. We waited about 1 hour and the delivery arrived.
The rare beef Pho was very poor quality. The beef soup stock was bland and the beef gristly. The spring rolls
were also very bland. The only bright spot was the lemongrass chicken was tender and flavourful.
From my experience they really didn't want my business, and they food was not average. I doubt I will order from them again.
I love this place! It's right by my work and find myself going 2-3 times a week (its an addiction now)
Their Special Chicken Soup is awesome, infact all their pho's are great,each have a different broth (which makes it a greatplace to eat for vegetarians) some of my other favorites include their chicken salad rolls (with peanut sauce and hotsauced mixed together) and spring rolls. Their spicy basil chicken is also phenomenal.
I've brought many people to this restaurant and no one even has anything bad to say. The restaurant is a bit small and is never shy of busy during lunch. They staff is great, in fact they know me and my order and are very nice. They even offer complimentary fruit at the end of your meal.
I've tried other veitnamese restaurants and none can even begin to compare. Love this place and I highly recommend it!
This restaurant being nearby my house and workplace makes a great lunch when you feel like a nice bowl of noodles. The noodles are rather small in size but the beef in the noodles is quite good. The service would need a little work because although they have a small restaurant one waiter or waitress doing everything simply won't cut it. Decor is average
Being new to Vancouver, I chose this restaurant based on the previous reviews. My husband and I felt like some pho tonight and really enjoyed this place. The staff are very friendly and the food was great. Everything looked and smelled delicious at the other tables. We will definitely go back with an appetite!