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George68VancouverSince November 13, 20092 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2 (2)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)


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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House8611 Alexandra Road, #180, Richmond
Good Pho most of the time
Submitted Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

I have been a fan of Pho99 in North Vancouver for many years when I lived in Downtown. When I moved to Richmond I was pleasantly surprised Pho 99 just opened in Richmond too.

The Pho here is decent most of the time. There are the odd times when the beef was a little tough or the soup just wasn't flavorful, but this happens to ever Pho restaurant I've been to so it's alright.

When they first opened up, they had a problem with flies. There were tons of baby flies all over the wall.. It was pretty disgusting, but I noticed that problem is gone now. The place is pretty nice, there is always parking in the back.

Service is ok. But the small young guy that works there is excellent. Very friendly and professional. With his positive working attitude, he will advance well in life. He would always say "sil sum" (becareful) when he delivers things to the table. I call him Mr. Sil Sum.. LOL

I have gone to this restaurant many times and will continue to go. It's one of my frequent lunch/dinner places.

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Ajisen Ramen4380 No. 3 Road, #1190, Richmond
Wannabe Japanese
Submitted Friday, November 13, 2009 - 10:52am [Dine in]

I had tried Ajisen ramen when it first opened some years ago and was not impressed the first time. Some years later I returned to it and hope they have improved, but was once again disappointed. Their menu did improved with more choices and the size of the bowl they use now is actually bigger and looks to have increase the portion they give you. However when my ramen came, it was just as it was when I first tried them. The value is utterly lacking when you only get a tiny portion of noodle for $8. The increase bowl size only adds to the illusion you are getting more; but I can still grab the whole bowl of noodle with one gripe of the chopstick. As for the quality of the so called "ramen", I agree with the other person's comment about the noodles being nothing more than "dried spaghetti". The soup base is basically powder mix from instant noodles.

Aside from the noodle, I tried their pork rice ball for the first time. The ball had no port taste and the rice was regular rice, not japanese rice so the whole thing fell apart with one poke of the chopstick. Even the nori that wrapped around the rice ball was too short and could not fully wrap around the rice; just not very professionally made. Again just a wannabe Japanese chinese resturant serving $8 instant MSG instant noodles - "Mei Jing Lai Mein"

The waitresses lack even the tinniest of professionalism and are basically a bunch of inexperienced highschool kids who got the job because they are somewhat cute. There is too much talking and giggling amongst themselves like they are hanging out infront of their lockers at school.
Even the manager/boss isn't very professional. He dresses up like he would at home powerwashing his driveway or something. And when there was a problem with the order (which my friend had) there was no apology but only gave a lame excuse and made the mistake sound like a matter of fact.

The only gleam of brightness of the restaurant is the ambiance. I do like the color and lighting of the restaurant. However seeing stacks of boxed pops and bottle drinks stored against the wall in the front of the restaurant in full view took away the coolness of the makeup of the place. Can they not store the drinks in the back of the restaurant? It was really an eye sore and it reminded me of cheap cafes in Hong Kong or "dai pai dong".

Do your stomach and wallet a favor and don't come here. You will walk out feeling ripped off and have to go to McDonald's down the street for a Big Mac.

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