There have been quite a few new Vietnamese pho places popping up around the city. I recently had an opportunity to try out a new place called Pho Hoan Pasteur. Pulling up to the restaurant, I was intrigued to see “Fusion Noodle House” written on the restaurant’s sign. Not quite sure why, as the menu looks like any other pho restaurant. I was there quite early (after 5 p.m.) and was surprised there were so many patrons at that early hour. Many more people trickled in as we ate and just before we left, so it looks like this place may stick around for a while. Booths line three walls, with additional tables and chairs in the middle of the room.
There were quite a few interesting fruit drinks listed at the back of the menu, but I decided to stick with a small bowl of pho – the usual dish I use to test out a Vietnamese restaurant (on the menu this was the steak pho; they have a number of other combinations with flank, meatballs, tendons, etc.). The soup had a hearty beef taste and there were a perfect amount of noodles. The bean sprouts served with the soup were fresh and crisp. I do wish the beef had been a little more rare when it arrived at the table; the pinkness you see in the photo is what I saw when the bowl arrived. Not sure if they pre-cooked the meat or if it just took too long to arrive at the table, but I suspect it may be the former as there was a good amount of steam coming from the bowl. I also suspect there was a lot of MSG or salt in the pho as I was quite thirsty afterwards. That personally doesn’t bother me but it may bother some people.
My friend went for a pork vermicelli bowl and declared it on par with other favorite vermicelli bowls.
Service was great, prices were average (higher than Tau Bay but lower than Doan’s). I’ll be back.
Pho Hoan Pasteur
11443 Kingsway Avenue