📍 3250 Midland Avenue, Scarborough
Recommended by a friend, we both went to check this place out as it was pretty close-by and I was looking for a new pho place to try out!
Pho Vietnam is located in the back of the new plaza on Midland and Finch area.
We were seated pretty quickly and in the middle. With high ceilings, it made the restaurant look huge and these lantern-inspired lights were a pretty nice sight to see, from above. We came around lunch time and there were a couple of office people as they were all dressed up in office wear and came in groups within the plaza.
My friend ordered the typical Pho, with thin vermicelli noodles whereas I ordered the Pho Thai Lan, as I didn’t want regular Pho. The Pho Thai Lan came with meatball, rare beef, tendon, tripe, brisket, with Tom Yum sauce. The Tom Yum sauce which really intrigued me, and I decided to go for it with thick rice noodles.
Apparently, there were two options for noodles – thick rice noodles, or thin vermicelli noodles. Though it didn’t say anywhere on the menu, the lady who served us (who barely spoke English) asked us what type of noodle we wanted and we were confused for a second…
At first glance, my Pho Thai Lan looked amazing! But as I mixed my noodles and beef to let it cook, there wasn’t a lot to begin with 😦 . My friend also got a small portion when mixing the noodles.
My friend absolutely had the worst – the soup for the Pho wasn’t even hot enough to cook the beef even after leaving at the bottom for awhile. It still came out pinkish, which was SUCH a disappointment for a pho place!!!
For my dish, the Tom Yum base didn’t taste anything much except for a slightly spicy pho soup. Luckily my beef managed to cook unlike my friend’s.
With this, we were utterly disappointed and was NOT full after the meal. We actually made the trip to McDonald’s after to fill our stomachs. Small portion, soup not hot enough to cook beef & left feeling super unsatisfied!!!
Definitely one of the worst pho places I’ve ever been to and will definitely not be back!
Till next time, ♥