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Looking for a great Vietnamiese restaurant in North York

We are in dire need of a great recommendation for a Vietnamiese restaurant in North York. North of Eglinton and close to Yonge street. WE have ventured out to a few around Yonge and Sheppherd, but were only disapointed. So far everything pales in comparison to Pho Hung, which is out of our way. All suggestions welcome!

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Pho Hung
350 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

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  1. How far can you go? There are a few good ones at Keele/Sheppard or Keele/Wilson.

    There is nothing good at Yonge/Sheppard.

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    1. re: szw

      Pho Dau Bo, Pho Con Bo, Pho Mi Asia, all in North York but nowhere near Yonge. All far superior to Pho Hung.

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      Pho Hung
      350 Spadina, Toronto, ON M5T2G4, CA

      Pho Mi Asia
      1008 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3K1G6, CA

      1. re: szw

        I know!!! I was so surprised by this, and still cannot believe it. I will try that place at Keel and Wilson. Any other suggestions will be appreciated. I guess there is nothing central. I live in Hoggs Hollow, not too much around there. We usually have to o downtown for some good Pho or Korean :(

      2. I also like Pho Mi Asia at Keele and Wilson

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        Pho Mi Asia
        1008 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3K1G6, CA

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        1. re: jdgo75

          I'm aware of the one or two Viet restos the OP tried around Yonge and Sheppard, and agree that they're not up to much. In my view, nothing beats Pho Mi Asia, for solid flavor and good value, but if you insist on sticking to Yonge St., there's a joint I used to go to on Yonge St. before I got tipped off to Pho Mi Asia on this board. The question is: how far up Yonge St. are you prepared to travel? Sao Viet, if I recall the name correctly, is in an all-Asian plaza (except for the stand-alone Nino D'Aversa bakery), on the east side of Yonge a few lights north of Steeles Ave. Technically just north of the North York boundary. Is it great, as you requested? Well, no, but pretty good for pho, which is just about the only thing I sampled in the year or two I drove up Yonge to get there - before Pho Mi Asia intervened. Clean, gracious service, popular with an overwhelmingly Vietnamese clientele. A tad more expensive than Pho Mi Asia, but I guess the rents are higher on Yonge St., no matter how far north you are. It has, however, been at least six months since I was there last, and Asian restos have a habit of turning from good to bad and back again at least twice in that time frame.

          1. re: juno

            Pho Mi Asia is next on my list. Thanks everyone for the recommendation. Will let you know how it goes.

            K

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            Pho Mi Asia
            1008 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3K1G6, CA

            1. re: kimd60

              There's a restaurant for Pho in the strip mall on the north side Finch just east of Keele. (There's a parking booth in the parking lot .) The pho has a nicely balanced flavour and the vermicelli dishes are tasty. Large portions, inexpensive. I've been there several times (I'm not often in the area) but cannot remember the name. Worth a visit, especially for a lunch or late night craving.

        2. Pho 66 at St. Claire west and Weston road definitely deserves the adjective 'great'. IMO, best broth in town. Real hole-in-the-wall though!!

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          Pho 66 Restaurant
          3636 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON L3R1K9, CA

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          1. re: Charles Yu

            Are you talking about the place on the southeast corner of St Clair & Old Weston Road? If so, I think Pho 66 is gone, there's a soft banner hanging with the name Pho So 6 there. It's pretty dead every time I've gone by so I haven't been inclined to try it. If it's at St Clair & Weston Road, where abouts is it? There's townhouses on the northeast corner, a tire place on the southeast, undeveloped land on the northwest and a McDonald's on the southwest corner there.

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Pho Mai Asia, Strictly refferring to the Pho here... Had the Medium size Chicken Pho with Extra Meat..... Portion was equal to most other Pho places I go too. Extra meat was served in a seperate small bowl with a bit of broth. My issue here is all the praise this place has received for it's Pho... What is special here?? The broth is nothing any different than a handfull of other places. Price wise it was is very affordable and service is prompt.
              My real issue comes with the chicken. Tough as rubber with many, many peices having the hard cartlige not cleaned off which made a few bites completely unedidible. I realize to expect a small piece here or there but this was really poorly executed and the tough (dry) texture of the chicken was unacceptable. How does chicken that cooks slowly in a broth (usually succulent and tender easily tearing) become tough as wood. I think this meat was previously cooked and microwaved at some point and reintroduced into the soup. Really Really Lousy Chicken Pho. I cannot coment on other offerings from Pho Mai Asia but dont have the chicken pho.......

              1. re: Porto

                Allow me to come to the defence of Pho Mi Asia's broth, which I've found more fragrant and flavorful than other pho broths I've tried around town, though a couple of other places do come somewhat close. But Porto is correct about Pho Mi Asia's chicken pho, in my view - the one time I had it - not up to much. Phos with chicken are probably the weakest on the menu. My consistent favorite is the vegetable pho (No. 247), and at $5.50 for the substantial medium size, more than adequate. Most of the beef phos are also top notch, but not all (I'd avoid the beef balls). The art is in negotiating the menu. No pho joint, no matter what its price point, can do all four dozen or so phos on its menu - as well as a couple hundred other dishes - at a satisfactory level. There will be weak spots. I often ask nearby diners in such places what they're eating and if they like it, and certainly in Pho Mi Asia, the regulars are talkative and opinionated. It helps me build my Pho Mi Asia menu repertoire. It's a lively local crowd who dine there and it makes for an entertaining vibe. The pop Vietnamese music in the background is fun, too.

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                Pho Mi Asia
                1008 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3K1G6, CA

                1. re: juno

                  I personally like Con Bo and Dau Bo much more than Mi Asia.

                  I have only been to the wilson location of Mi Asia but people rave about the one in Sauga also.

                  1. re: aser

                    Interesting! How come all the great places mentioned in this thread are so far out west?! Any equally good place a bit closer to Richmond Hill?! I need a replacement for my old favourite ' Pho 66' which apparently is out of business or moved?! Unless the newly renamed Pho 6 is the same outfit?

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Unfortunately no. The last decent pho place in Richmond Hill was Vic Hong on E Beaver Creek. Their new incarnation on Major Mack/Bayview is best to be avoided.

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                      Vic Hong Restaurant
                      4419 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S1V1, CA

                      1. re: aser

                        IMO, EBC's Vic Hong's version of Pho was kind of mediocre. In fact, the Malay/Vietnamese place inside Richlane Mall at 16th and Leslie actually does a finer job. The broth and the cooked meat ( eg., fat brisket ) are both surprisingly very flavourful.
                        In your opinion, if I really wanted a good Pho fix, are both Pho Con Bo or Pho Dau Bo really worth the drive? Or shall I just go downtown to Pho Pasteur instead?! FYI, may be its just me, but I found even Golden Turtle's version not up to snuff! May be I'm spoiled?!

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

                        Vic Hong Restaurant
                        4419 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S1V1, CA

                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          Golden Turtle is bland, you need to check the competition down the block. Pho Tien Thanh is doing the best bowl in the city imo. You find mostly white people inside Golden Turtle, whereas Tien Thanh draws all the asians. Draw your own conclusions with that one.

                          I actually had the pho at the Richland Mall location half a year ago, it was decent, but wasn't anywhere near the ones I frequent regularly (Pasteur, Tien Thanh, Pho My Duyen). Vic Hong EBC I haven't had in a good 6-7 yrs since they've closed up, so memory could be clouding my judgement. I do remember it being good for Markham/RH.

                          I hit Pasteur mainly at late hours because they're the best option open late night. Their bun bo hue is excellent too.

                          I would frequent Con Bo or Dau Bo far far far more often if they weren't so out of the way. I usually only make a stop there if I'm going to the airport or something. The others (Tien Thanh, My Duyen) I frequent because I work nearby.

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                          Pho My Duyen
                          1208 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

                          Vic Hong Restaurant
                          4419 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S1V1, CA

                          1. re: aser

                            Thanks a lot Aser for your feedback. Since every one on your list involves long drive from Richmond Hill, might as well drive all the way downtown to try out Tien Thanh.

            2. As much as I like pho mi asia, I think there is better pho around. At Keele/Sheppard, a block or so north there is a strip mall on the west side. There is a small pho restaurant next to vietnamese grocery store. My girlfriend eats My Tho soup and prefers Pho Mi Asia, but I eat Pho and only pho and I think this restaurant tastes better.

              Definitely not as busy as Pho Mi Asia...this place is usually pretty dead

              1. Ha Noi Pho on Wilson and west of Dufferin. They use fresh rice noodle in their Pho.