A Taste of Vietnam is located on Broadway near Oak and offers free delivery.
The rare beef noodle pho was smaller in portion than my usual haunt. The price was a little more as well. The beef was fully cooked when I got my dish. It should be rare. It wasn't piping hot either. However, it was okay tasting but not enough for me to go out of the way when hankering for a pho. BF agrees that we will continue to go to our pho from the Main and 18th location. I know there are better pho restaurants but it's close by. Service at A Taste of Vietnam is better than the Main and 18th location however.
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.
First of, it's one of a few viet restaurants offer 100% vegetarian food. They have veggie spring rolls with the rice paper not the wonton kinda thing which is awesome. They have the noodle soup with vegetable broth. I know some restaurants when they offer vegetarian food, instead of veggie broth you get tap water which is not cool.
Second, they have some cool and authentic vietnamese food. Their spicy chicken wings is awesome. I've tried Pnom Peng but I hate the service there. And their best dish is TAMARIND PRAWNS. The flavour is wonderful. Normal it comes with shell but you can ask them to remove the shell for your taste.
I'm not a big fan of noodle soup but go for their chicken soup or anything with chicken broth. It's light and taste just like the noodle in Vietnam .
Not to mention their subs are pretty good, and they have dry rice noodle with seafood which is a light noodle plate with soya sauce, very little oil and not stir-fried.
And last, all their food has no MSG at all which is another plus.
The hubby and I frequent this place as often as possible. Great food, great service. Lots of items that are of the salad variety and steamed rolls for those watching the waistline.
My only complaint is that you have to ask for tea, it's not automatically served as it is in many Pho places.
The Vietnamese traditional dish, pho is just too delicious.
I would be amazed if any restaurant fails to meet my expectation of how pho tastes of.
Taste of Vietnam is on top of my list of all Vietnamese restaurants for their pho.
The broth is just amazing.
You can easily tell the difference.
Also love their service of getting free fruits as dessert to finish your meal.
Can only compliment this restaurant.
Never like to cook on sunday .So we give this place a try,and it was a discovery.
On a sunday night half of the place was full which was a good sign.Started with sweet and sour soup ,very nice. Lots of prawns and full of flavour.
Then we felt like having house wine and asked the server what kind of wine it is ,he did not had any idea what it was.So we told him to check the bottle and he came back with the wine but replied 'i really do not know what it is'.....oh no!!!!!!
Whatever--the food was so yummy i really forgot about the wine.
finished with a small bowl of fruits .For sure we will return again and again.
I love this place and the lady who runs it. I often come from the Real Estate Board to lunch here and I meet a colleague here as well from time to time. Hanna is so darling and the food is sooooo yummy and affordable. Yes, I agree, the bbq chicken sub is the best sandwich. Lunch combo D is my favourite and sometimes when ordering a la carte I just can't decide so I overeat - just because everything is so good.
The best thing about this restaurant is the atmosphere, it's a great little place to go with someone for a quick lunch or just to chit chat and read the paper. The food is consistently good. They have super lunch combos ($5.45). The waitresses are very nice, never ever rude or impatient no matter what you order. They play pretty elevator music (not radio), which is oddly very comforting and enjoyable. I love this place!