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Nov 21, 2011 05:12 PM

Best Pho in Montreal: 2011

Winter is coming, and its' the perfect time of the year to be having some wonderful pho to warm us up! Just wondering where you guys go for the best pho in town. It's all about the broth... I came back in Montreal this year after having been away for 5 years, and was a regular at Pho Lien. I always put Pho Lien at the top of my list when it comes to the broth, however I am aware of the amounts of MSG in their soup. Also, it might just be me but I think their broth got fattier as well...

Either way, their soup is to die for but I don't want to stay in my Pho Lien bubble! Where do you guys go for some brothtastic Pho?

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  1. There's a very extensive thread on this board for the best pho (if not two threads...) if you do a search. it should answer all of your questions, and then some...

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    1. re: cherylmtl

      Yes I know, but they all date to a few years back, if not more. Food/service may change over time. I just wanted to make a similar thread but in a 2011 edition! :P

      And on a side-note, I have relied on older threads for questions. I ended up going to a place where a poster promised on 99 cent pizza, only to get there and find out they jacked up their price tenfold in the span of 2 months.

    2. I just got back from Pho Bang New York. Still as delicious as ever. I haven't found a reason yet to try any other place.

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      1. re: EaterBob

        I second Pho Bang NY as best in city. Close second IMHO is:

        Restaurant Nguyen Phi
        6260, chemin de la cote-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3S 2A3
        Telephone : 514-344-1863

        Restaurant Nguyen Phi
        6260 Ch De La Cote-Des-Neiges, Montreal, QC H3S2A3, CA

        1. re: rosario

          You've got to be kidding me. Pho Lien is so incredibly >>>>>> Pho Bang NY.

          1. re: nikkori

            Depends on tastes. Pho Bang NY broth is strong on the clove, while Pho Lien broth is more balanced, IMHO.

            I never go to Pho Bang NY, anymore. I've had enough of them bringing a n°2 every time I order the n°1. They're also very skimpy on the tendon, tripe, yellow fat, etc. and they always manage to mess up orders no matter how simple they are and act rather surly about it. I usually don't care about service as long as I get my food and it's good, but Pho Bang has disappointed me too many times.

      2. I've been trying to update my Pho travels - ah, the sacrifices in the name of good Pho!- and in a recent Chinatown Pho crawl, Pho Bang New York came out on top with tasty broth, loads of fresh noodles and meat and I'm talking generous amounts of fresh beef, not measly slices of shoe leather. Off to hit the Jean Talon/St. Denis area, onward ho!

        1. I prefer Pho Lien and La Saignoaise downstairs.

          1. My favorite is still Pho Bang NY in chinatown (for the soup and the fresh/tasty beef, like chilipepper said). Also, try their spicy soup (Bun Bo Hue) in the week-end. So far, they do the best in town!

            For chicken Pho (Pho Ga), the best is Pho Tay Ho
            6414, rue Saint-Denis Montreal, QC H2S 2R7
            (514) 273-5627

            In the past years, there's a gathering of new Vietnamese restaurants in the area of St-Michel/ HWY 40. It can be another option than the well-known Chinatown, Jean-Talon/St-Denis and Cote-des-Neiges areas for Pho.