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.
Pho is one of those dishes that I use to judge a new Vietnamese restaurant. Some places don’t have a good broth, some places cheap out on the amount of meat, and some dishes just taste off.
Having heard about King Noodle on Chowhound, and having passed it many times, I decided it was time to try it out.
The bean sprouts were fresh and crispy, and the soup came out fairly quickly. The pho was filled with lots of meat that arrived medium (as ordered) rather than well done. At first taste, the soup didn’t taste “beefy” enough to me. I admit I was disappointed. As I kept eating, however, the taste improved and the pho grew on me. I think I still prefer the pho from Tau Bay, but this is a good alternative. And cheap too. Two bowls of pho plus tea came to less than $15.
King Noodle House Pho Hoang
10613 97 Street NW