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cocolou Dec 21, 2007 10:51 AM

This am there was a short program abut Vietnam restos in TO. Here is the list:
Pho Hung, 200 Bloor St. W., 350 Spadina Ave., Toronto - 416-963-5080
Golden Turtle, 125 Ossington Ave., Toronto - 416-531-1601
Hanoi 3 Seasons, 588 Gerrard St. E., Toronto - 416-463-994
Pho Mi Saigon, 680 Silver Creek Blvd at Cawthra, Mississauga
Pho Ben Thanh, Cannon Street, Hamilton
Ginger, 695 Yonge St., Toronto
Banh Cuon St. Clair, 1772 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto
Xe Lua, 180 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill
Krispy Roll, 789 Warden Ave., Scarborough

I never tried any of them but I intend to. Golden Turtle looked very appealing. I wish those of you who tried one of those spots let us know what they think about them. Thanks!

  1. Charles Yu Dec 21, 2007 04:01 PM

    FYI, Golden Turtle is often frequented by Susur Lee for its Pho. OK, nothing too special.

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    1. re: Charles Yu
      Dimbulb Dec 26, 2007 10:18 AM

      Since Lee lives close to both Golden Turtle and Pho Phuong, that's hardly a surprise. A profile in Toronto Life a while back featured a shot of his home kitchen. Noticeable in the background was a stack of empty Pizza Pizza boxes.

      1. re: Dimbulb
        pescatarian Dec 26, 2007 10:22 AM

        Well, I for one, am not embarrassed to admit that if you order correctly, you can get a good, reliable pizza from Pizza Pizza and I do so now and then. I order it thin crust and well done with the fixin's I like and it's usually very tasty.

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          piccola Dec 26, 2007 03:27 PM

          I agree with you. They're also one of the few chains to have a good variety of vegetarian toppings.

          1. re: pescatarian
            pinstripeprincess Dec 27, 2007 08:14 AM

            i guess this should go into the thread about admitting your cheap indulgences... but i'll throw a little love towards pizza pizza. if you order online you get to see the plethora of options available and i've constructed a few beauties in my day.

            and while i don't run to the latest susur sighting for my meals, give him a break. with two growing teenage boys, you're not exactly going to serve foie gras and wu xi pork daily...

      2. estufarian Dec 21, 2007 02:48 PM

        Not a bad series - but now in repeats so check that places are still there. First broadcast at beginning of 2007.

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          pinstripeprincess Dec 21, 2007 04:07 PM

          sun tv is under some serious restructuring so i wouldn't be surprised if the producers were nixed recently and no new shows were made.

          phu hung - used to be pretty good but overall has lost the sparkle since they enclosed their patio space. here i was introduced to some great dishes but the food just isn't the same and now i'd rate it as just average.

          golden turtle - all hype and no substance. someone mentioned they have as well gone downhill but my dried out duck and bland boring pho soup had me unwilling to return.

          hanoi 3 seasons - a different world as it's northern style. i can enjoy it for what is, especially the dill fish but i find myself craving it less than my regular dishes. considering i'm unaware of any other competition, they're great.

          if you were interested in vietnamese food downtown, i highly suggest going to pho phuong at dundas west and brock. no one i've taken there has ever been disappointed and everyone goes back. the crispy pancake (#24) with mini cakes are amazing and the broken rice is fantastic.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess
            koknia Dec 21, 2007 06:25 PM

            I've seen Susur and Brenda in the Pho Phuong as well. That place is great, especially for the 'Bun/Vermicelli' dishes.

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              cocolou Dec 25, 2007 11:47 AM

              Thanks for your help, Princess.

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              BLM Jan 2, 2008 10:10 AM

              It was first broadcast much earlier than that(goes back to maybe summer of 2005). Jan 2007 was when they went daily M-F(that was when they started airing the second season(new episodes) at their regularly weekly timeslot on Saturdays). BTW, their third season debuts on January 13th(it continues on Sun TV with the new episodes airing Sundays at 6:30pm). I'm a avid viewer of Street Eats, watching from Montreal.

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