Neil and I had been missing our daily bowl of noodle soup, our inevitable lunch whilst in Laos this summer so on the long weekend, we decided to try out a restaurant that we have been wanting to visit for a while now, Pho Phuong. It’s within walking distance of our house so after a hard day painting and bread baking the other weekend, we headed there, hopeful of recreating our Lao noodle experiences.
It’s advertised as being a “fine dining” experience and certainly the interior decoration lends an air of chichi-ness (that’s SO not a word but you get what I mean). Once inside, however, it’s a different story. Clientele ranged from families (grandma and grandpa included) out for an early Sunday dinner to young couples obviously trying this type of food for the first time, needing help with the menu which was enthusiastically provided by the staff.
We started out with a must:
Having only recently (as in, last week at our 24, 24, 24 dinner) discovered this beer, we were happy to see it on the menu – it’s one of those beers that pairs well with Asian food and sticky humid weather….
We ordered two different types of spring rolls, the cold ones filled with plump shrimp, fresh vegetables and vermicelli noodles:
These were a lovely mouthful to cleanse the palate at the beginning of the meal. Nothing special but wonderfully fresh.
and (mmmmmm!) deep-fried spring rolls with pork.
Oh. My. Goodness. These were amazing. Obviously just out of the deep fryer so very very fresh, they were crispy and light and I could have eaten a whole plateful of them. Fortunately we only ordered one each because shortly after they appeared on the table, these arrived:
Neil’s pho with beef and tripe (!)
and my vegetable chicken pho.
Served with mint and bean sprouts:
to make it all pretty:
These were both delicious bowls of fresh ingredients – I love that it’s food that makes you feel healthy as you eat it. Neil missed his chili paste but was offered three small chilis to spice it up a bit.
Clearly we enjoyed ourselves – as you can see our table before:
Verdict? I would absolutely be going back there soon if there weren’t another 10 or so pho places around town I would also like to try. I am glad I can finally recommend a great, reasonably priced ($38 all in) noodle place close to home though when people ask. This was a little piece of our Lao trip revisited deliciously. Had it been 38 degrees and 80% humidity, we could have closed our eyes and felt like we were back on vacation (sigh!).
1603 Dundas St West
Toronto, ON M6K 1A1