Good Pho in Vancouver? Does it exsist?
I am new in town, moved from Edmonton where I have been spoiled by Pho Tau Bay (a pho place so popular, someone registered a domain to decipher its current open/closed status www.istaubayopen.com).
I have tried and tried and tried to find a Pho place that is similar in quality and price without avail. They have a full bodied broth (spiced/peppery) with tender noodles but the real game changer is their home made chili oil. It is so tasty, the chili flakes are soft so the texture is nice, spicy, a little garlicky and a little salty. There is very little MSG in their broth and the place is family run.
The places I have tried in Vancouver have been unreasonably priced or plastic noodles or overwhelmingly salty/msg or just lacking in flavor all together.
Have any of you sampled Tau Bay and could recommend a place for me to try? Or if you havent sampled, do you think you know a place that fits the bill?
I have had Pho in New York, Toronto, LA, San Francisco and Seattle. I think that there is plenty of good Pho in Vancouver. Le Do is one of my favorites as well as My Chau and Song Huong.
I'm kinda curious what you think Pho should cost? Most Pho places in Vancouver are in the $6-$7 range.
I jokingly think there's collusion between all Vietnamese restaurants to keep Pho prices at that 6-7, similar to Thai restaurants whose prices are similar whether located in Yaletown or North Burnaby.
That is exactly what I think it should cost, a few of the places I have gone to were $8-10! I have tried a few downtown and on broadway but havent found anything particularly good.
Viet Sub Vietnamese Cuisine - noodles were like plastic, broth was basically just salt
Ha Long Bay - meh, it was fine but not good
Pho Hanoi - meh again
Red Pagoda (Commercial) - I think so far they were best, but this might have been the pricier one
Pho Tan's Vietnamese (Kerrisdale) - pretty good, the noodles were a bit hard and kind of a hike to get there
Pho Linh Vietnamese - this was pretty good but they put WAAAY to much noodles in, they ended up soaking up all the broth before I could finish haha, will have to try again
Pho Goodness / Pho Express (Westend) - just meh again
There was also this good awful place on broadway that i cant remember the name of.
Sounds like Kingsway is the place to explore?
Thank you all for your recommendations, I will report back :)
I think I see your problem and why you are paying more, the good Pho and Vietnamese restaurants are in East Vancouver in particular Kingsway between Victoria & Fraser, not in Downtown or West part of Vancouver.
B/c of cheaper rents, most places in East Vancouver charge in the $6-7 range,
Just a note on Song Huong (my go to), they are Renovating their Restaurant until the end of September. Le Do is close by a 2 minute drive North on Nanaimo, next to the Red Wagon at Garden Drive & Hastings.