Vietanamese family restaurant on Fort (across from Pho).
Pho Vy rules the Vietnamese Pho Soup market in Victoria. It can sometimes get really busy, but the turnaround is quick and the food well worth the wait (longest I've waited there is 15 mins for a table). Totally fresh ingredients and a stock that the other restaurants in town will have to do some Tampopo-style hoop jumping to figure out the magic of.
Get the 20 (steak and brisket) and the spring rolls.
A liquor license (beer) would add tremendously to the experience, but I can see licensing resulting in slower turnaround of tables... so it kind of makes sense.
I love this little family-style cafe across from Pho Hoa on Fort Street. They have the nicest broth, excellent noodle soups, and best deep-fried spring rolls in Victoria. Another amazing surprise was their freshly-dripped iced-coffee, which is a tad price, but now we stop there just for this nice icey treat.
This place is family run and the service reflects this. Food came extremely slow and our Pho soup orders took 20-30 minutes to be prepared. The pho noodle soup is heavy with MSG and does not taste like authentic Pho at all. The noodles were stuck together and appeared to be not fresh.
The Spring rolls were average and the cleanliness of the restaurant made me wonder about the last time the food inspector had been there. Overall a decent meal, but I would rather go to the Pho Hoa chain across the street next time i crave pho in Victoria.
I use to be a fan of Pho Hua.. but after coming to Pho Vy i never EVER went back to Pho Hua. Pho Vy's food taste more fresh. My throat wouldnt get all itchy from the msg feel that Pho Hua left. The only problem is Pho Vy is a bit slower in getting your food (because its made freshly, whereas Pho Hua u can pass to the bathroom and u can see that they just premake everything in a giant pot and just pour it in for u..) So if u like things freshly made, Pho Vy is the place to good. Its delicious... and u wont find finger nails, eyelashes and fruit flies like other pho's.
I really like this place. It is family-run and feels very relaxed. The decor may not be as modern as other restaurants but the service is consistently good, the food is an excellent value for what you get and even the rice/noodle dishes come reasonably fast. There aren't many places in downtown Victoria my husband and I can eat, be full, satisfied, and spend less than $25.00.
We've eaten here a few times as we don't like the "chain Pho place" across the street. The deep fried spring rolls here are very, very good. Noodle soups are just okay. The only thing that upset me was that their pork chop rice dish said it came with "egg-meat pie". First time I ordered, it came with a fried egg (sunny-side up). I thought I had read the menu wrong. Second time we went, I actually asked the server and she said "no, it's a fried egg." Well then why don't they change the menu? It seems to be handwritten all over anyways. So just beware of them "substituting" items for you.
I had lunch at Pho Vy earlier this week and it was a great experience. Upon walking in we were seated and served tea immediately. The waitress was very attentive and explained the various dishes that we asked about (I had never had Pho Vy before). I settled on trying one of the Dac Biet (Specials), a seafood broth with shrimp and crab dumplings, and it was absolutely delicious. In addition to the gigantic bowl of hot noodles and dumplings, they served a side plate with fresh herbs (cilantro and basil), bean sprouts, and lime wedges as garnish. These were very nice fresh additions to the broth. It was a very nice, light tasting soup with a delicious blend of crab and shrimp flavors (also very good with a little of the spicy peanut oil added in that is offered on the table). The rice noodles were delicious ly al-dente, and the bean sprouts and fresh herbs also added nice textures. The gigantic bowl of soup was under ten dollars, and that with the numerous refills of hot tea, made this a really great value. I will definitely be going back quite often during this winter season to warm up with some hot, delicious Pho.
Cheap and cheerful, we started off with spring rolls. A tad greasy, I wouldn't say that is what they're famous for.
Then the main came. It wasn't the best pho I've ever had, a bit bland, but if someone made it for me in the house, I wouldn't grumble. Expect it to come with loads of tea.
Then the bill came and we all walked off happy :)
Cheap and cheerful, what more could we want.