I went to try out this location for Thai Son 2 nights ago. I'm not sure if it's a new location or not, but it looked really bright and clean - a good sign.
The menu is extensive, offering more than just your average pho dishes (they have broken rice here!). They advertise that they have the best vietnames food in town. Don't agree that it is "the best", but it's pretty darn good.
I ordered the shredded pork and springroll vermicelli bowl. It was huge! Filled with fresh basil and vegetables. My only complaint was that my springroll wasn't filled completely with meat. The end pieces were just pockets of air.
The service, unlike their Coq. location, is non-existent. When I entered, she didn't even approach me. She beckoned from across the restaurant for me to sit. When my vermicelli bowl arrived, it sounded like there may have been a mix-up. Instead of explaining to me, the server hovered over my bowl, arguing with the other server from across the room. When it was resolved, didn't say anything to me, and just walked away.
I would return for some more good food, but I would not expect the same service as the other location.
This is a decent Vietnamese noodle place. The food tasted pretty good, but I just found it had a bit too much MSG. The pho wasn't the best the other day, but the rice dish was not bad. There wasn't much service, which is typical of these places. Ambiance was bright and clean and the washroom was decently tidy for a place like this. If you want something cheap and filling and don't mind the lack of service, this is worth a visit.
Awful service. Totally indifferent wait staff. Couldn't give a crap whether you are waiting to be seated or waiting to have your order taken. They'll do it when they're good and ready and not a moment sooner. Food was excellent, filling and cheap. Restaurant is clean with lots of natural light. Restroom was clean. Would I go back? Probably. I can take a lot of abuse when the food is good and cheap.
One of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in town (used to always go to the one in Richmond until it was demolished). Love the dry vermicelli bowls, and the pho is tasty too. Husband always gets the broken rice dishes. Lots of variety, consistently decent food. Ambiance leaves a bit to be desired, just your typical cafeteria style tables and chairs. The service is not bad, and it's quick.
Pho Thai Son is a legitimate noodle house (i.e. not a drug front) catering to diverse mix of clientele and offers huge assortment of noodle and rice dishes. The food is generally pretty good and the portion size adequate (would fill up the average appetite). I've been here about 10 times, however, 2 nights ago the execution of the pho #1 was less than stellar. The soup was luke warm and borderline flavourless. Every restaurant deserves a one-off day so I would not discount them for being inconsistent - most likely just very busy. The service is attentive and caters well to the non-Vietnamese crowd. Value wise, it is in line with other noodle houses in East Vancouver. Ambiance is simple, with banquette seating on one side and tables of two's and four's along the size. Families of up to 8 can be seated at their only large table. Good turnover so you can expect ingredients to be continuously fresh. I would come back again...we are heading into pho season as the weather cools down and becomes miserably wet. Comfort pho..hmmmmm.
I usually go to the broadway location but I noticed this one when I joined a new gym in the area. The pho's are pretty good, very similar to the other location. The service is okay, typical of these kinds of restaurants, the place could be a bit cleaner but besides that, a pretty good value for a bowl of pho.
We eat at Thai Son whenever I feel lazy to cook at home. We usually come to have a nice noodle soup.
They are very consistent, and service is quite as expected as any other Vietnamese restaurants. Besides liking the soups, we also like the Lemongrass Chicken in broken rice, they are quite tasty as you can taste the lemongrass marinate in the chicken.
This plate comes usually comes with a bowl of chicken stock and the fish sauce with sliced carrots. I usually add a bit of the hot sauce to the fish sauce to make it a bit spicy.
We sometimes order the Beef Short Ribs, however this dish is a bit expensive for the return in food. Overall, this restaurant is good value for the money. $11 bucks for 2 not bad at all.
My boyfriend and I were craving Vietnamese food so we decided to come to Thai Son. We've been here before quite a few times since it has opened within the last year or so. It was around 6:30pm and this place was packed! I never seen it so full before and we got probably the last two seats that were empty then the line up started coming. You could tell they were trying to rush with everything. We both had lemongrass porkchop with shredded pork on rice. It took probably about 15 min to come which wasn't all that bad considering they were super busy. We were both full and happy with our meal. I really enjoy their rice dishes at this restaurant, they are of generous portions and the marinade for their meats are fantastic. Don't expect special treatment or a nice ambiance for $6.85 a meal. You're here for the food which is always pleasant and you leave full.
There are certain items on Thai Son's menu that make this an outstanding restaurant. The spicy beef on rice, the lemongrass chicken on rice, the combo of pork chop and chicken on rice and certain Pho soups make this a consistently good and cheap dining experience. these meals are under $10 with tip! There is a larqe quantity of very good food at ridiculous prices. Many fashionable eateries could not match the quality or taste of the grilled lemongrass chicken breast, certainly not for $7.!!!
Thai Son is a restaurant chain who's food is consistent and gives terrific value.
You know how you get terrible service at most Asian places? This aint one of them!
Good service, good food.. the place looked good too. Pretty refreshing to be quite honest.
When I think Vietnames noodles, I think dirty, small, congested, and rude. This place is none of those things, and offers great food.
I ordered the spicy pork hock noodle in soup and it was great! Although it might have had too much MSG, who cares? You're going for PHO. Be prepared to be doused in MSG.
Want something heatlhy? Don't come to this place. Want something tasty and satisfying? This is the place.
I LOVE THEIR SOUP. I always go there myself for lunch and I enjoy their number 1 and 30 (the spicy noodle in soup). Their rice are also good. I never add the fish sauce on the meat when I have the rice cause it will make the meat cold and it will taste greasy. Spring rolls are always crispy, but sometimes overcooked. I tried their seafood noodle once and it can't compare with the beef ones; it was just soso.
Regular service, fast food preparation when not busy. Lunch always packed.
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