Craving some Vietnamese food tonight, I wanted to try one of several new Vietnamese restaurants opened along Kingsway between Victoria Drive and Knight Street. I noticed Pho An awhile ago with a “Grand Opening” sign but did not dare go by myself as that area didn’t seem like the safest considering the recent shootings around the area.
For dinner my bf and I went to try Pho An, which is located at 1707 Kingsway. A fairly large restaurant with ample room, this place opens 11am – midnight most nights, closing at 4am on Friday/Saturday nights for those wanting some late night pho after clubbing.
Since we went at 5:30pm, the restaurant was empty except for us. Now most people would see that as a bad sign – empty tables usually meant the place wasn’t very good. However, we were gutsy enough to want to try. Upon entrance, we were greeted warmly by the female hostess, most likely an owner of the restaurant, and taken to our seats with menus. Tea was available right away for us and the hostess came back within a couple minutes to ask for an order.
One item that caught my eye that I wanted to try was the carrot and beef brisket stew. The side option was either with noodles or bread. I’ve had Vietnamese beef stew before and nothing tastes better than a side of fresh baked French bread. I was hungry enough to also want to try their Salad Roll, which consisted of a rice wrapping, inside wrapped with vermicilli noodles, bean sprouts, lettuce, and prawns – served with a peanut sauce. My bf ordered a pho for “Adventurous” eaters, which consisted of fatty beef tendon, slices of steak meat, fatty flank, and tripe.
|Adventurer’s pho – Large bowl – $6.95|
The pho’s meat was fresh and nicely cut and cooked. The noodles were thin rice noodles but the texture was not soggy. The beef soup was light, however there was a hint of MSG in it that I did not prefer. On a cold day, this bowl of soup was a good welcome.
|Carrot & beef brisket stew with bread – Small – $6.80|
|Salad Roll with Peanut Sauce – $2.50 each|