Pho Hoa restaurants feature naturally flavored, low-calorie soups with the choicest slices of brisket, flank, eye round steak. Each bowl of soup is accompanied with fresh coriander leaves, bean sprouts, hot peppers, and lemon wedges.
Went here because Pho Vy, a family run stand alone Pho place across the street, was closed.
We ordered a chicken and rice plate for the two kids. Hubby and I shared a large Pho and a vermicelli and chicken plate.
The food was good - tasty pho, tasty chicken. The Pho was generously sized, the rice and vermicelli plate were okay sized. I thought they skimped a tad on the basil on the side.
The service was adequate. The waitress was pleasant and brought everything as asked. She interacted nicely with the kids.
The value was okay, I took points off for the smaller portion of the rice and vermicelli dish. I also took points off for the ambiance..
The ambiance is garish. The wall is painted a bright colour which reminded me of fast food joints. The dishes were plastic. It just came across as cheap looking and was not a comfortable place to linger.
This place looks like a dive--but maybe that's not fair, since although the decor's nonexistent the place is clean: not as spotless as JJ's noodle house, but well enough. Whatever. I've been here at least thirty times for the pho--I've never tried anything else on the menu, because frankly the soup is such a draw I can't imagine the other stuff standing up to it. I get the #8. I load it full of crispy fresh bean sprouts, give it a dash of lime juice, fragrant green basil and many generous spoonsful of hot chili oil. It's perfect. Since I discovered Pho Hoa, some new pho places have popped up; I keep meaning to try the spot across the street, or the one around the corner... I guess I'll get around to it one day.
I love Pho and have been to lots of different Pho in both Metro Vancouver and Victoria. Pho Hoa (chain franchise) on Fort Street serves very tasty Pho noodles and a large bowl could usually fill me up. Compared to surrounding Pho in the Downtown area, this one offers the best value.
Service is quick though the servers usually have little expression and neutral hospitality. (It's more like a fast food restaurant) Be prepared to find somewhat greasy tables, not thoroughly-washed chopsticks, and even fruit flies.
Parking on the street is usually full but there's a pay parking in the rear.
I was please by the reception and prompt service here. However, the "seafood" in the soup was artificial crab. If this had been noted on the menu, I would have passed.
Kudos for the broth and heat. Unfortunately, the large amount of noodles overwhelmed the skimpy serving of protein in this dish.
food had always been ok i always loved there #17 and 32 but the last past 5 month there food seem to change not to sure what it was. there service has always been bad very bad sometime rude. i never liked there service i feel the people there goes to work but has no love. ate there a while back with my nephew and service has gotten worst. so how does bad service become worst service?? anyway my nephew is hungery and there was two poeple on the floor, not busy and they can't even do there job. we waited (felt so long) they brought tea then walked off. our menu is put togethere that means where ready. im not gonna wave you down that's extreamly rude. there was a single right next to us i felt bad for him they fogot to put in his order. when they finally came she was grumpy and said nothing just stood there like a zombie and just looked at us. so my nephew just went ahead and order. when they finally put it in they where still trying to fined out what that single table order. they end up asking him again. overal this place has always been very bad even with there update the place still looks dirty. the price of the food is reasonable
I love Pho Hoa. It's fast, cheap and delicious! The service is very punctual and the tables are clean. Your order comes very quickly and is piping hot just as pho should be. There are a wide variety of choices here, including easy ones for beginners (ie. no raw stuff!). For pho virgins, I'd recommend chicken or the meat balls. For those more adventurous, try the seafood, or beef flank/brisket options. You can even "make your own pho" from their list of ingredients. If you're looking for quick eats, go here - just as fast and so much yummier than McDonalds!
If I want Vietnamese take out, this is the spot. I can call on my cell (parked at a red light) and order my 31 or 33 with side of fresh salad rolls and in 5 minutes roll out the door with food in hand. The produce is always fresh and clean and the Pho broth is simple and has the right amount of spices and fat. For a sit down dinner, it feels a touch cheap and impersonal but service is fast and friendly enough. I prefer across the street or further up Fort (Saigon Night) for a nice sit down with friends and family but take out, you can't beat Pho Hoa. The back door has a new sign on it that reads "broken" or something but the scoop is that they just want people coming in through the front now. PS, don't order Pho soup to go unless you are prepared to re-heat the broth enough to cook the beef, or order it with the meatballs instead of steak...
the food is good. thats all.. not outstanding not special.. its good and will still get you to come back. I understand this stuff is pre-paid. When you walk by the bathroom you can already see giant tubs of broth a-waiting. I decided not to go after seeing eyelash and fruit fly in my bowl. Yes its fast service because its already ready for you... but that just shows thats not always the best thing. I rather go to other pho's and wait and have fresh pho.