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Any good East End Pho?

aparker Jan 29, 2008 07:36 AM

And by East End I mean anywhere from Broadview over to Vic Park - not Scarborough as we don't have a car! The pho posts on here seem to point to Scarborough as the place to go. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    currycue RE: aparker Jan 29, 2008 09:57 AM

    I'd love to know too! Been having a heck of a time finding good east side joints. Went to Hanoi 3 seasons on Sunday and was very disappointed with what we got (not too sour shrimp soup seasoned with dill. Spaghetti instead of rice noodles and , mealy, dry spring rolls)

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      seeldee RE: currycue Jan 29, 2008 10:06 AM

      Hey currycue, Hanoi 3 Seasons is a North Vietnamese restaurant - the only one in the GTA. North Vietnamese cuisine is flavoured very differently than the Vietnamese dishes we are all used to eating. Maybe that wasn't explained to you when you visited Hanoi 3 Seasons - or maybe you were served an uncharacteristically poorly prepared meal, although I'd be surprised to hear that since I eat at Hanoi 3 Seasons often and have never had a meal I haven't enjoyed. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal!

      Ok, pho in the East End: Mimi Restaurant, on Queen near the cross walk at Degrassi (and just east of Hanoi 3 Seasons), serves good pho, in my opinion. The broths are quite good and the ingredients are very fresh. The restaurant is almost always busy and you will receive your order quickly, but after that, service can be quite slow. Be prepared to head to the cash register when you're ready to pay if you still haven't received your bill.

      Mimi Restaurant
      688 Gerrard Street East
      Toronto, ON M4M 1Y3, Canada
      (416) 778-5948

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        HarryLloyd RE: seeldee Jan 29, 2008 10:45 AM

        "a North Vietnamese restaurant - the only one in the GTA"

        is this true?


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          seeldee RE: HarryLloyd Jan 29, 2008 02:43 PM

          Yep, according to Hi (the owner of Hanoi 3 Seasons), his is the only North Vietnamese restaurant in the GTA. Is that 100% true? - that I can't answer, but it's been mentioned in an article I remember reading within the past year or so. Can't recall the source, though.

          As has been explained to me, the main difference between North and South Vietnamese is that northern cooking is more reliant on hot spices as flavouring, but other than that, I couldn't tell you, ha ha.

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            HarryLloyd RE: seeldee Jan 30, 2008 05:03 AM

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        currycue RE: currycue Jan 29, 2008 10:13 AM

        Thanks so much. No, that wasn't explained to me before going. Unfortunately (even in spite of all of the great reviews) I'm a bit hesitant to go back to Hanoi any time soon. I'll give Mimi's a try for sure. Also, if there are any good south Chinese restaurants in the area, I'd love a recommendation too. I'm a huge fan of Swatow on Spadina, but find most of the east side spots to be of the old "Chicken ball" variety.


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          phoenikia RE: currycue Jan 29, 2008 11:58 AM

          I like Pho 95 even more than Mimi's. It's a couple blocks farther east on Gerrard. Friendly service, good food, and usually a little less busy.

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            seeldee RE: phoenikia Jan 29, 2008 02:44 PM

            I know where Pho 95 is and have been curious about it but have been loyal to Mimi's for years! I'll have to sneak a lunch at Pho 95, based on your recommendation. Thanks for the tip.

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          bluedog RE: currycue Jan 30, 2008 05:23 AM

          currucue, how was the service at Hanoi 3 seasons? I have been once, was generally underwhelmed with everything we had, apart from an amazing broth. I might have gone back to try a few more things, but the service was so annoying (the waiter kept telling us what we SHOULD have and HOW we should have it, and just wouldn't shut up) that I've had no incentive to try.

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            currycue RE: bluedog Jan 30, 2008 07:54 AM

            bluedog, I thought the service was great. Really friendly guy, didn't get insulted when I asked that the soup be a little more sour, he just added more tamarind and it was fine. I really wanted to like the place, but really, I'd rather go to Green Mango for Thai or have my wife's sinigang.

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              grandgourmand RE: currycue Jan 30, 2008 08:47 AM

              Well, currycue, if you're going to Hanoi 3 Seasons for Thai, no kidding you'll be disapointed.

              i agree with your earlier comment on the spring rolls. definitely mealy and not their strong point. the pho, i haven't had, but my wife seems to like it. my favourite dish there is the fried fish on vermicelli. fish is moist and tasty.

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                bluedog RE: grandgourmand Jan 31, 2008 05:15 PM

                Indeed, I beleive that's what I had when I was there (fried fish and vermecelli) and I was not impressed with the dish....fortunately (if its the dish I'm remembering), there was an option of it coming with some soetr of broth, and I ordered it on the side, only to dump it all over the fish and noodles when they turned out to be a big disappointment (though I'm glad you liked it!). The broth was spectacular, but not enough to bring me back. Now if I could buy it in jars or tetrapacks....:-)

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          fussychow RE: aparker Feb 1, 2008 04:39 AM

          Thanks everyone! We ended up going to MiMi's and it was great - I am usually a Golden Turtle (west side) gal and it was ALMOST as good. I'm up for trying Pho95 and will report back.

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