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New Vietnamese Resto on Decarie Pho 88

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there is a new Vietnamese Pho place on Decarie corner Queen Mary called Pho 88. They haven't found their identity as Pho is not really on the menu in its truest form...had to ask for the accoutremonts that are supposed to be standard with Pho.. Not impressed just yet but they are only open a few weeks...

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Queen Mary Restaurant
5504 Ch Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC H3X1V6, CA

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  1. I noticed it last time i was around there but i didn't realize it was that new. How was the pho broth itself? Did you enjoy it?

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    1. re: blond_america

      I had the thai styled soup with beef which was so tough I could not chew it..broth not great...hubby had the chicken pho and had to ask for sprouts but they did not bring the cilantro or lime...his comment was Chinatown has much better Pho.

      They need to get their identity straight cause Pho is a very small part of their menu which is misleading in its name.

      1. re: blondee_47

        maybe they meant faux

    2. The owner is the sister of the owner of Paris Pho on Poirier in VSL. I was at Pho 88 two weeks back and I agree the broth isn't there yet, but I attribute that to time. They've only been open a few weeks and it'll take some time to work out the kinks and season the cookware accordingly, as with the inexperienced wait-staff.

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      Paris Pho
      1717 Rue Poirier, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L1J4, CA

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      1. re: keelo

        There's also a Paris Pho on Bélanger, a couple of blocks west of St-Michel. Any relation to the VSL store? Is the food at the VSL location of any interest?

        1. re: carswell

          I have only been to the VSL location once and thought that it was decent. I had the bun bo hue. I would not go out of my way to make a trip there but it is a good option if you are in the neighborhood. There are a lot of different soup variations not found at other pho places (I couldn't tell from the pictures if there are many broth variants or if there are just variation on soup contents)

          1. re: CookEatSleep

            Thanks for the report, CookEatSleep. Have always been hesitant to try the Bélanger outpost because it looks so forlorn and incongruous.

        2. re: keelo

          I politely disagree keelo: when a restaurant opens it should open with having taste tested their entire menu. If their broth isn't up to par then why call it Pho 88 and not another name. There is no excuse for inadequately prepared foods- pots that are not 'seasoned' nor any other excuse once those doors open.

          They didn't excuse my bill, not that I asked. But three weeks into a restaurant and the service staff doesn't comprehend; the chef can't cook...there is a problem. Especially since running restaurants seems to be in the family

          1. re: blondee_47

            I'm sorry you feel that way, but the level of preparation and exceeding attention to detail that you would expect, I can see coming from a finer dining establishment and not a noodle house located next to a wig shop and a pet store. Regarless of location, I can understand your frustration, however, I can also understand and sympathize with a restaurant owner's rush to open. Having taken over a previous Italian restaurant, extensive renovation would have had to be done to the kitchen to accommodate an "Asian" kitchen. I would sympathize with a restaurant owner to rush his or her opening when rent is being paid and time being wasted.

            Just keep in mind, Pho is usually a family recipe. Each chef in each Vietnamese restaurant WILL make it differently, whether it is by technique or ingredients, no two Phos from different restaurants will ever taste the same. So if the pho is 'good' or not will usually be be considered as personal taste.

            Also, I'm the biggest advocate of this mentality when it comes to ethnic eating... eat where the people eat! If you look around you and you don't see any Vietnamese people around you, that should say something to you,

            On to the next bowl!