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Best Pho in T.O.

Hey guys,

I'm looking for the best Pho in Toronto. I've only had it a Pho Hung, but it was very good there. Where else?

Thanks

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Pho Hung
350 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

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  1. There are already a number of detailed discussions on this topic. The latest: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/374112.

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    1. re: LTL

      It says that thread doesn't exist...

      1. re: banjoman2375

        The period is included in the link and messes it up.. it works without the trailing period in the link

    2. My vote goes to Pho Pasteur on Dundas just west of Spadina. From the outside, it looks like an unremarkable place but based on comments from other Chowhounds I tried it and it was every bit as good as others had said. Really rich broth and lots of good beef, great value to boot.

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      Pho Pasteur
      525 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1H4, CA

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      1. re: ziggystardust

        Pho hung is the blandest pho I've ever had. but its so appealing because there is often packed with people, it some sort of "hot spot"

        Pho Pasteur is one of my favourites. The broth is amazing. and I love that its 24 hours.

        if you need a bit fancier, try Pho Ai My on Spadina and sullivan. I never thought it would be good based on decor. but it is quite good.

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        Pho Pasteur
        525 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1H4, CA

        1. re: Jamie Eats Burgers

          To me, Pho Hung is to pho what Spring Rolls is to Thai food.

          I haven't tried Pho Pasteur yet but probably will soon because I keep hearing great things. I didn't like Pho Ai My at all when I tried it based on my sister's recommendation. I found the broth lukewarm and one note in flavour. Kim (6 St. Andrew St.) is usually my go to for a quick pho fix in Chinatown.

          I really like Pho Phuong though it's pricier than most typical pho joints. The broth is pretty close to authentic though and is always steaming hot.

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          Pho Hung
          350 Spadina, Toronto, ON M5T2G4, CA

          Pho Phuong
          1603 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K1T9, CA

          Pho Pasteur
          525 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1H4, CA

          1. re: LTL

            You're right, Pho Hung is overrated but always packed. Meat in the soup is usually overcooked. Pho Pasteur I got once - higher price and didn't have that much more appeal tfor me. Ai My has nice chicken pho but I really don't like the beef. Xe Lua is consistent (Spadina branch) and my favourite is Kim on St Andrew Street - I also love their cold fish rolls. I really miss Hello/Miss Saigon. Where did the chef go? I thought he was some Vietnamese master chef or something. I also still miss the places on Dundas near Beverley - one on the north, one on the sout, both half a floor up. Awful when favourite places close.

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            Pho Hung
            350 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

            Pho Pasteur
            525 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1H4, CA

            Xe Lua Restaurant
            625 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y2, CA

            1. re: Calam1ty

              I'll take Xe Lua over Pasteur anyday
              I went to pasteur once and it was so salty it was almost inedible
              The two competing shops on Ossington are great as well

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              Xe Lua Restaurant
              625 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y2, CA

          2. re: Jamie Eats Burgers

            Pho Pasteur is a great place! Generous portions too!

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            Pho Pasteur
            525 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1H4, CA

        2. I like Mimi, in Gerrard Chinatown.

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          1. re: munchieHK

            i've never understood why people love MiMi. i even re-tried it 2 months ago. same weak broth and the meats in the pho weren't so hot.

            i've stated many times the locomotive-train place across the street is much, much better

            1. re: atomeyes

              Or the place a stone's throw from MiMi, on Boulton called Que Ling. Looks more like a house than a shop, but good pho!

              1. re: Wiley

                Yes, Que Ling has great pho. Xue La (the train) is also good. Mimi is good for the grilled stuff – but not for pho IMO.

                1. re: Atahualpa

                  Just had some Bun at Mimi's last week and thought that the grilled items were really good. I have photos that I've yet to post, but I really enjoyed my Bun more than at any other Pho place in recent memory. Will try Que Ling next time, as I'm in the area.

                  For Pho though, it's all about Pho Linh for me.

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                  Pho Linh Restaurant
                  1156 College St, Toronto, ON M6H1B6, CA

            2. re: munchieHK

              I also like Mimi - we've never had a bad dish there.

              1. re: SusanB

                I like MiMi for some of their other dishes, like the soups that have noodles and shrimp dumplings. I've never had pho there. It just doesn't look that great. Pho 88 down the street does a decent pho, but they're very stingy with the herbs.

            3. I've tried almost every one mentioned on this board so far. However, IMO, none of them surpass the one from Pho66 on St Claire West ( 1765? ). Amazing broth, meat and noodles! Period!! Place kind of run down though!

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              1. re: Charles Yu

                Checking their site, it says ''Closed''

              2. I really like Pho Linh (college and dufferin) and Pho Rang Ran Dong (dufferin and st clair).

                My all time favorite is a treck to Streetsville: Pho Dau Bo. I have never had better! It actually has ruined me a little for other places (including above).

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                Pho Linh Restaurant
                1156 College St, Toronto, ON M6H1B6, CA

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                1. re: smudgebee

                  I tried Pho Dau Bo on Sunday and was really impressed. I loved that the menu contained a list of items that could be added as side dishes, such as tendon, beef balls or blood cubes. That's a really interesting way to customize a pho (or other soup) to your personal preferences. I was thrilled to find chiles already on tables. I usually have to beg for them at other pho joints. Other table condiments (besides hoisin and sriracha) were chile sauce and sliced chiles in vinegar -- yum! I thought the quality of the rare beef and chicken in my pho were quite good. The beef was no longer rare when it arrived, but next time I'll simply ask for it raw on a side plate and add it myself. The broth was non greasy at all and was quite tasty, though I was hoping for a stronger aroma of anise and cinnamon. I was happy to see sawtooth herb along with basil on the herb plate. The broth contained a few small sprigs of cilantro, which I've been missing in most bowls recently. The most impressive aspect of the pho was the noodles, which were toothsome until I was finished. Many places serve inferior noodles or simply cook them too long. I hate when the noodles nearly turn to mush in my bowl. I'd definitely return for another piping hot pho, but I'd also like to explore other menu items. Can anyone vouch for any particular dishes? I was at the Pho Dau Bo on Dundas in Mississauga.

                  1. re: 1sweetpea

                    A special 'thank you' to smudgebee and 1sweetpea for putting ' Pho Dau Bo' onto my chow radar screen!!
                    Just went there for dinner. Had Pho with rare beef, brisket and well-done flank. Everything was excellent, from the quality and taste of the dense beefy broth to the meat and freshness of the herbs.and bean sprouts...etc Also, ordered side-orders of Viet., style spring rolls, steamed eggs and grilled shrimp on sugar cane. All pretty tasty. Only downside was the brisket being a bit too fatty.
                    All in all a very enjoyable 'pho experience'!!
                    Definitely my pho destination from now on!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Is that the location on Bristol Road?

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                      Pho Dau Bo Restaurant
                      2437 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON M9M2E7, CA

                      1. re: Full tummy

                        No! We went to their main flag ship at 2437 Finch Avenue West.

                          1. re: Charles Yu

                            Deliberately drove 33KM to try this location out last Saturday evening. The place was busy with customers came and went continuously. We ordered two XL Pho's and one BBQ broken rice dish. Well, the broth and condiments were all good and I consumed it all---the whole bowl with nothing left behind, but the noodle was still not as good as the ones in Cleveland we had had the previous weekend. Do not get me wrong, Pho Dau Bo's noodle was as good as we wanted in Toronto, but we were just very itchy to see if we could repeat what we had in Ohio, but nope, unfortunately. The BBQ plate was mediocre at best, even though for $7.50 it was a good serving size plate. The XL Pho we had cost $8 and it did not even fill me up. I was quite disappointed at their XL size. However, having said that, for sure it was way better than the US$9 large size bowl we paid for in Cleveland down town, which was as small as our medium here. Well, done that and we will stick to the location on Markham road for now, and we are certainly prepared to give Pho Metro a try after reading some of the posts here in this thread. I will report back soon!

                            1. re: diehardlasallejai

                              which one at Markham road...? another pho dau bo?

                      2. re: 1sweetpea

                        It is hard to venture from the Pho Tai but I can say the Seafood Special soup (I can not remember the exact name) was not bad.