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Feb 24, 2009 01:12 PM

Best Vietnamese food in Toronto?

I just got back from a month-long stay in Saigon. I ate homemade Viet food almost everyday, with the occasional local place thrown in. Coming back to Canada has made me extremely picky. I say no to a lot of foods I used to eat all of the time. I'm eating almost exclusively Asian foods. I know I'll get used to western fare again, but for the time being, I really need some good Vietnamese food.

Preferably on the more west and south of the city. So Bloor and down, please.

Specifically does anyone know where I can get a good seafood or vegetarian banh mi.

Also some vegetarian Bún bò Huế. I know it's a beef dish, but if I can get it veg. in Vietnam, I should be able to here, as well.

Not so into the pho, but more rice and veggies and fish and different noodles.

If anyone has suggestions, thank you so much!

Oh, also, where is the best sugarcane juice in Chinatown?

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  1. May be too basic for you, but I still like Pho Hung on Bloor across from Varsity Stadium. I don't get the Pho there though. There is better Pho on Spadina.

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    1. re: stonewall36

      For something a little different from the standard pho joints, I like Hanoi 3 Seasons, on Gerrard (at Broadview). I believe there's also a second location on Queen East. It's Northern Vietnamese, which results in some different flavours, particularly the use of fresh dill. Their Cha Ca La Vong (grilled grouper) on rice vermicelli noodles is really yummy. They'll make nearly all of their menu items vegetarian, too, which opens up a lot more options than at most other Vietnamese places.

      1. re: 1sweetpea

        I agree that Hanoi 3 Seasons is one of the best places for Vietnamese food. I didn't realize that it was Northern Vietnamese food. I went to the Queen East location.
        If you go - I say definitely try the Spring Rolls - incredibly fresh. In general actually, the food is very fresh.

    2. You're in Toronto, not Saigon, you have to lower your expectations.

      I can't help you much as most of the best dishes for Viet in Toronto involve beef or pork. I assume you're a pescaterian...

      Mimi's makes a pretty good canh chua. Bun rieu ca is available at Pho LInh (certain days) and Pho My Duyen (if I recall correctly).

      Every bun bo hue I've come across in this city has a pig's knuckle in it, so no, not friendly to you.

      My fav places in your geographical boundaries are Pho My Duyen, Tien Thauh, Pho Pasteur (only their pho is good, so a pass for you), Pho Linh (banh cuon).

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      1. re: aser

        In the west and south end: Asia 21 King and Dufferin (for bun). and Golden Turtle on Oss (for pho).

      2. Pho Xe Lua, or Train, on Spadina, near Dundas is probably one of the best places to go for variety. They have pretty much everything, and everything is good!

        1. Not too much onf an expert on Vietnamese cuisine but I love the food in Ginger on Yonge St - south of Yonge and Bloor. Great pho and great great prices. Its always packed during lunch hours.

          1. It's in the east end a bit difficult to find if you're not a regular but it has the best pho in the city and their noodle dishes aren't bad either.


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            1. re: Japhet

              Rose Cafe on Broadview, south of Gerrard does vegetarian/tofu banh mi. They had tuna salad, chicken salad and a variety of meat options.

              MiMi Gardens on Gerrard St. E. has a large number of seafood, fish and veggie options, ranging from dumpling soups, noodle soups, bun noodle combos, rolls, rice dishes and hot cooked dishes.

              Peach Gardens (a few locations) has a full vegetarian section on their menu. They use tofu and mock meats (gluten) in some dishes.