Category Archives: Cuisine (Vietnamese)

Pho Orchid


124 Chestnut St Toronto, ON M5G 1R3
(University Ave & Dundas St)
T: (416) 506-1725

I’m not sure if it’s just my luck, but lately I’ve been disappointed with many of the Vietnamese restaurants that I’ve tried.

Although conveniently located, I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the food and drinks. It was okay but I felt the pho broth was on the bland side (for my taste) and missing the strong, flavourful herb taste I usually enjoy in (smaller more authentic?) Vietnamese restaurants.

Recommendations
• No particular recommendations

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: Brightly lit, clean, white
• Ideal for: Lunch, casual, quick eat
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Xe Lua Vietnamese Cuisine


625 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2
(416) 466-5887

There are a number of Vietnamese restaurants in this part of the city. (In fact, on the same block). Deciding on which one to try can be mind-boggling.

Xe Lua has a number of locations in the GTA, including Chinatown and Scarborough. This particular location, Broadview/Riverdale area has been around for years! Although I think their broth (they use for Pho) is tasty and flavourful, I’m concerned about how clean their kitchen is. I’ve had a few experiences where I’ve found “foreign objects” (i.e. a small piece of wire and cement) in my food on separate occasions. Maybe, it was just my luck?!

Recommendations
• Pho – rare beef noodle soup
• Tomato Beef Brisket Stew – served with chunks of beef and carrots that are soft and juicy from the stewing process. Another flavourful dish. This item can be served with noodles or bread.

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: Simple. Chairs and tables are closely packed back-to-back.
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eats, take out
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Que Ling Vietnamese Restaurant


248 Boulton Avenue Toronto, ON M4M 2K1
(Gerrard St E & Broadview Ave)
T: (416) 778-4038

Tucked away in a small side street, this tiny Vietnamese restaurant is one of Toronto’s undiscovered gems. This small family run restaurant has approximately 6 tables and a very simple menu with 10 or so items. (If you plan to go for dinner, note they close at 7pm.)

Recommendations
• Item #1 Vietnamese Steam Rolls with Meat – freshly made when ordered so it nice and soft
• Item #4 – Rare Beef Rice Noodles in Soup
• Shakes made with real fruit (if you are daring, try durian which has a strong pungent flavour that is an acquired taste; otherwise, other flavours available include jack fruit, mango and strawberry).

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Nice
• Atmosphere: small, basic, two TV sets suspended from the ceiling on opposite sides of the restaurant
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Mi Mi Vietnamese Restaurant


688 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y3
(Broadview & Gerrard)
(416) 778-5948

I have read many good reviews about this place but was disappointed that the food wasn’t “great”. The Pho noodle soup was a bit more bland and the noodles was harder/rougher than preferred. I also didn’t find the pork chop very fresh either. Overall, in comparison to most Vietnamese restaurants I’ve frequented, it was an okay experience.

Recommendations
• Fresh shrimp roll
• Mango juice

Good to Know
• Best seats: No particular preference
• Service: Friendly & bubbly
• Atmosphere: Basic (family run business)
• Ideal for: Casual, family, quick eat
• Attire: Casual (almost anything goes)
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Pho 88 Vietnamese Restaurant


270 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E5
(Spadina & Dundas)
(416) 746-8646

This is a popular round-the-clock (even at 2am in the morning this place is busy) joint. It is one of the few Vietnamese restaurants I feel comfortable and relaxed in (mostly because of the decor). Also, I am a huge fan of their Satay Beef Noodle Soup. I actually think it’s the best in town!

Recommendations
• Satay (rare) Beef Noodle Soup – spicy (not just “hot” spicy but they use lots of herbs to build the “satay” flavour); available in S, M, L and XL (bowl) sizes.
• Fried Spring Rolls – I like using the lettuce leaf to wrap my spring roll before dipping it into the fish sauce. (I find it refreshing eating it this way.)

Good to Know
• Best seats: The softer sofa chairs (but are available for table of twos only)
• Service: Generally friendly
• Atmosphere: Contemporary, black marbles, picture of gold sand hanging over the bar (maybe Feng Shui related?), dim lighting (overall: comparatively speaking, quiet nice for a Vietnamese restaurant)
• Ideal for: Casual, family, casual date, quick eat, after clubbing munchies
• Attire: Casual (almost anything goes)
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Free Parking: Available around the back of the building (Warning: it’s a very dark parking spot and I don’t generally feel it’s safe to park there without someone breaking in. Having said that, it never happened and there is an attendant at the front.) Remember to get your ticket validated when you settle your bill.



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