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While passing Main st. today I saw quite a few people eating in there and without checking to see if the restaurant was any good, me and my wife decided to go in to try it out. We figured, these other people should know better. Unfortunately, this turned out to be the worst restaurant in Vancouver, period! I've never had worse service in my life. The people absolutely didn't care about service at all. They were downright uncaring and made my happy day a very disappointing one. First, after waiting half an hour and seeing other people who came later than us, get their food already, we asked about our food. Big mistake as we were given a nasty look like as if we were wrong. Then after 40 minutes I accidently knocked over one of my chopstick on the floor. I asked this server for a new one and she never came back. After another five minutes we asked for our food again and just got ignored. We figured we had enough and just got up and left. I really don't know why they are still open with all these bad reviews. Maybe their food really is that good, but for me, I would rather die from hunger than go back there begging for food that should arrive. We went down the street to another Vietnamese restaurant that was also full of people. Our food came in less than ten minutes and the service was very good.
Good pho is a life-sustaining meal that manages to combine most of the major food groups in one bowl. From the encyclopedic pho list, choose pho tai nam. Long-kettled beef bones produce the base broth-which we've found inconsistent, but when it's good, it's very good. It's clarified (a bit of alchemy), then transferred to litre-size service bowls. Sliced rare beef and braised brisket are added... more
I know many of you are anxiously awaiting the return of the Foodosopher, who no doubt will have many fine reports on his culinary adventures in south east Asia, which he alluded to here in a rare posting. As a prelude to a likely review of some authentic Vietnamese cuisine upon his return, I thought I’d would talk about a recent visit to one of Vancouver’s better known spots serving this... more
With an empty stomach and a chill in the air, I settled on having a large bowl of pho with rare beef. Now my memory of the soup here was positive: a light broth, with none of that metallic tasting sensation that I tend to associate with a heavy handed chef shaking his MSG bottle. On this occasion, the noodles were a miss, noticeably overcooked and limp. And this was just after my first mouthful... more
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If you are going to try only one of the more than 200 Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, you would be wise to choose Pho Hoang. Pho is rich broth with rice noodles, vegetables and various cuts of meat, and topped with fresh basil leaves. Try the simple pho tai, with sliced rare beef and rice noodles. Finish it all off with a glass of ca phe den da, an ice-cold Vietnamese coffee.
If you are going to try only one of the more than 200 Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, you would be wise to choose this one. Pho is rich broth with rice noodles, vegetables and various cuts of meat, and topped with fresh basil leaves. Try the simple pho tai, with sliced rare beef and rice noodles. It is a hearty meal that costs a little over CAD5. Finish it all off with a glass of ca phe... more