Location: 551 Howe Street, Vancouver
I recently went out for lunch with my mother downtown and she says she’s a regular at this Vietnamese restaurant. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. First impression, the menu is on the wall and it took me a minute to find where the noodle soups were. There is probably less than a handful of options for pho but definitely more rice dishes, western options, and desserts.
There are also two options of ordering, a. sit down and wait for service or b. you do it the Portland way and order at the counter. (you get a number).
In terms of the food, my mom ordered desserts for herself which included the coconut sticky rice which is sticky rice with banana in the middle topped with a scoop of coconut cream. This was the first time I had this dish in Vancouver and I recently had it in Ho Chi Minh City. Taste is very similar but definitely not as fresh and warm as the original.
I ordered the brisket pho. I noticed that the soup looked rich and full of flavour. As I lifted the noodles, I can tell that the thickness is a lot more narrow that I’m accustomed to. Briskets were full on chunks of brisket instead of the traditional thin slices which is a welcomed sight. Soup has this Chinese style brisket flavour to it and comes with carrots and daikon. Definitely very tasty and it was under $10.
In terms of service, it’s one of the slower Vietnamese places i’ve been to. Generally pho places bring out the orders probably within 5 minutes of ordering.
Overall, I’d recommend this restaurant because of the desserts which are very authentic and the soup wasn’t bad at all.