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Vietnamese food : which one?

froglegs Feb 12, 2012 03:34 PM

Thinking of trying either Anh Dao or Kim Bo.
Heard they are both good but for different foods?
Which one? What to order?

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  1. KhaoSanRoad RE: froglegs Feb 13, 2012 07:30 AM

    anh dao is good for bun and the rice paper wraps (for the name), they are also above average for most other items on their menu. tho i do have issue that they seem to not use mint where i would have expected it.

    kim bo used to be excellent for a slightly more fine dining version, but last visit it was way off. i used to like the 7 beef dish and the frogs legs there. but both disappointed last trip.

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      froglegs RE: KhaoSanRoad Feb 13, 2012 01:15 PM

      Thanks for your reply. Why were you disappointed?

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        KhaoSanRoad RE: froglegs Feb 13, 2012 02:19 PM

        both dishes were overcooked.

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        prima RE: KhaoSanRoad Nov 26, 2012 11:58 AM

        Which bun do you recommend most at Anh Dao, KhaoSanRoad?

        Anyone have any other favourite Vietnamese restaurants for bun? Which bun do you usually order, when you dine there? Craving bun, but don't currently have a go-to resto in TO.

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          julesrules RE: prima Nov 30, 2012 06:22 PM

          Anh Dao has great grilled meats. Grilled pork with spring roll and/or shrimp on sugarcane are my faves.

      3. JonasBrand RE: froglegs Feb 13, 2012 06:09 PM

        I am a fan of Anh Dao, the bun is tasty and the grilled meats are especially awesome. I've heard mixed reviews about Kim Bo. If you are interested in more upscale (but still a great value) Vietnamese, check out Ha Long Bay on Eglinton - lunch bahn mi + soup + fall roll = win.

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          katherine346 RE: froglegs Feb 14, 2012 09:39 AM

          Huge fan of Anh Dao! The pho broth is amazingly flavourful. I also love their rice paper wraps, bun and this starter they call "vietnamese spaghetti". It's essentially udon-type noodle with meat and vegetable, coconut milk and fish sauce. Be sure to try it should you visit.

          Kim Bo is not as good in my opinion, not as authentic. Been to the Richmond Hill Times Square location.

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            littlelam RE: froglegs Nov 28, 2012 04:46 AM

            I haven't been to Kim Bo but you can count me in as a big fan of Anh Dao's bun. I'll usually get #124, which comes with bbq pork and spring rolls (with pork and tarro, I think, though the tarro flavour doesn't really come through). Great balance of noodles, meat, veggies and herbs.

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              szw RE: littlelam Nov 29, 2012 08:52 AM

              Is Kim bo gone now?

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                chocabot RE: szw Nov 29, 2012 12:12 PM

                I quickly passed just today and the paper on the window says they are renovating. Maybe changing name if I understood correctly.

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              cookiebaker RE: froglegs Dec 2, 2012 02:07 PM

              Anh Dao is my go-to for pho. The broth has are really nice depth of flavour and the noodles are cooked perfectly (not too hard or soft). The rice paper rolls with grilled meats are really good too.

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