Pho Thu The - CGY
After hearing John Gilchrist's review on CBC this morning a coworker and I decided to go for lunch. Hands down the best pho I've had in the city. Just like John said, the broth was non-greasy and full of flavour (and the x-large bowl is HUGE). Definitely my new favourite, go-to place for pho. The owners are very nice and their son is adorable (just like John said)!
Pho Thu The - 4633 Macleod Trail SW (under the Stanley Park Apt building)
I was actually in there while John Gilchrist was eating at the restaurant last Tuesday. After he had left, I asked the lady working the counter if she had recognized him (which wouldn't have been surprising, given Gilchrist's "unique," non-anonymous approach as a food critique). She said that she didn't even know who John Gilchrist was! When I explained to her who the man that just walked out of her restaurant was, she looked genuinely surprised.
As I told her we had finished eating, I didn't think she had anything to worry about. Nice to see I was right - Gilchrist's review was spot on. The pho is very good and the folks running the establishment are very warm and welcoming, and the service is very polite and competent.
One thing though - pho sate wasn't the most flavourful I've had in Calgary (Noodle King still tops my list for a killer sate). But I'll definitely be back for the pho and to try out other menu items.