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Jul 6, 2014 04:46 PM

Little Saigon - Richmond Hill

Does anyone have any info? Saw a sign advertising Grand Opening while driving on Weldrick, east of Yonge. It is in the T&T plaza. Think this used to be Kimpo.


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  1. I too am waiting for feedback from fellow Hounds.

    BTW, I entered Kimpo once a few months back. Heard Mandarin being spoken front of house as well as inside of kitchen. Radio inside of kitchen also tuned to Chinese Mandarin station. Turned back and headed out. Just felt uncomfortable spending money on Vietnamese food in an establishment whose staffs are all Mainland Chinese?!
    Forget about all the good ones out west, even a run of the mill Pho place like Pho 88 are run and operated by an all Vietnamese team.

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Thanks Charles! I thought if anyone knew if would be you.

      BTW, do you know anything about Mr Congee across the street at the old Regal Palace location? I swear that spot is cursed.

      1. re: mrsleny

        Doubt they will survive for long! Too many Congee "...." all over the place.

    2. I saw the restaurant opens now, and offer 15% off.

      1. I tried the Little Saigon yesterday . a nice place and awesome food . Tried Special Lunch Pho And Fresh Roll .. can say the best sauce that I ever had . will be back to
        try other food

        1. Was in the area on Tuesday - noticed the owner, was speaking Vietnamese, so hopefully it's the real deal! Didn't see any stickers for Interac/credit cards, so might be cash only right now.

          1. Following Kevinguy's footstep, I too tried out their lunch special today. And yes, the 15% off all menu items is still in effect and yes, the lady owner is indeed Vietnamese.

            For a Pho place, this eatery is relatively small and cozy and yet surprisingly clean. Our luncheon special comprised of Pho with raw and well done beef plus two Spring Rolls as well as Pho with raw and well done brisket plus Fresh Roll. Each combo was $8.50. With the 15% discount, it worked out to be around $7.25, a pretty good deal.

            Portion size was decent and taste was pretty delicious, especially the tender beef brisket. Broth was flavorful but on the aromatic side, in my opinion, it lacked the essential star anise component. Dipping sauce for the freshly made Shrimp roll was a concoction of pea-nutty satay sauce with Hoisin sauce sweetness and as eluded to by Kevinguy, awesomely good. The fried Spring Roll with authentically tasting and textured filling was grease-less and crispy. However, wrappings at the ends were overly thick and chewy. Biggest glaring mistake was the missing plate of beansprous, Thai basil, Saw leaf, chili and Lime wedges. A huge No-No!!

            All in all, service was good, price was decent and the food was delicious by Richmond Hill Pho standard. However, when compare to those elite establishments on the west end, Little Saigon still has a lot to catch up and a lot of mistakes to make up.

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            1. re: Charles Yu

              Out of curiosity, what are the elite west end restaurants you're referring to?

              1. re: Michael N

                I'm specifically referring to ' Pho Dau Bo ' on 2437 Finch West. IMHO, even better than the frequently use 'reference yard stick', Pho Tien Thanh on Ossington.

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  I do not claim to be a Pho connoisseur as I have not tried the real mac-coy, however - have you tried the Pho at Pho Metro (Lawrence and Warden, original location)? My other yard stick is their vermicelli bowls, mainly the marinade on the pork and fish sauce quality.

                  Either way, sounds like a good addition to the currently abysmal scene that is 905 Pho - will try it out.

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    Pho Tien Thanh is one of the worst vietnamese restaurants i have ever been to. I've visited many times since moving onto the Ossington strip and overtime their food has become laughably bad. Their vermicelli bowls look like a bowl of left over scraps for the dog. The pho is salty with very few aromatics. They are so stingy with the herbs you'd think there was a world wide shortage and when I've complained they play stupid like they've never heard the word herb before. Pho Tien Thanh is horrible.

                    I have not been able to find exceptional vietnamese in Toronto yet. I am willing to travel into the outer regions of the city. So is Pho Dau Bo REALLY worth the trip?

                    1. re: frogsteak

                      Check out Pho Metro

                      I would be surprised it you did not enjoy it.

                        1. re: Sadistick

                          Fellow hound ace123 and myself both did a write up about 3 years ago. I have not been back since it is a bit far for me and I found the quality good but not worth my making a trip all the way from Richmond Hill.


                          1. re: Charles Yu

                            Well from your write up alone another trip is past due as they have indeed sawtooth coriander and lime (along with other regular additions), so perhaps some other things have improved as well.

                            1. re: Sadistick

                              Thanks for the update, Sadistick! Will give it a try this weekend since I'll be running errands in the Midland/Finch area!

                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                So did either of you try Pho Metro?

                                Headed there today for lunch after local client meetings!

                  2. re: Charles Yu

                    Thanks for the review Charles!

                    Did anyone happen to notice if there were any vegetarian options?

                    It's a shame about the missing platter of bean sprout, lime wedge etc. Hopefully someone will mention it to them. Pho is not complete without the accompanying platter.

                    My fav in the west end is Lucky Bamboo near Vaughan Mills. They have vegetarian broth for their veggie pho. Bonus points for being light on the MSG. They do not have saw leaf but their chili pepper is the hottest I have ever had. Mr Leny is a big fan of their pho ga.

                    1. re: mrsleny

                      That maybe an accident. I have been to Little Saigon twice since they open. I got the side veggie plate every time. I do agree with mrsleny that the accompanying platter truly completes the Pho.

                    2. re: Charles Yu

                      Yes, the owner and the whole kitchen team are Vietnamese. I love the noodle soup. The flavor is rich. I got the side vegie dish every time. :)

                      1. re: maplesyrup

                        Does anyone know if their dine-in menu is larger than their takeout one?


                          1. re: blui

                            Thanks! I am hoping for some vegetarian options otherwise Mr Leny is having pho on his own :)

                            1. re: mrsleny

                              The lady owner Christine is very nice and willing to help. Just ask her for some vegetarian options. She said more items will be added to their menu in the coming weeks. I like their vermicelli noodle (bun) and pho. Didn't care much about their fried rice. Pho Metro has better fried rice.

                              1. re: blui

                                I agree with Blui,with their grill chicken and porl vercimili
                                the fish sauce and vegetalbe was mixed so good .

                                1. re: blui

                                  Thanks for the info, Blui. Will definitely drop by then.