Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pho Hoa

<2010-10-25 Mon>

No. 131

Located in the most competitive area in Victoria (Fort St, between Douglas and Blanshard), Pho Hoa is a chain Vietnamese restaurant. It is exactly across from Pho Vy, a local favorite when it comes to Pho.

It is a medium sized place, and has a look and feel very different from Pho Vy (its tables are nicely spaced and its the menu screams chain restaurant).

I ordered a #44: Pho Chin, Nam, Gau, Gan, Sach: Brisket, Flank, Tendon, Tripe & fatty flank. What a mouthful. I was slightly disappointed. The meat was dried out, and overall, felt average.

The natural comparison for this restaurant are its two Vietnamese neighbours: Pho Vy, or around the corner, Saigon Harbour. In my opinion, both places offer a better product. In terms of price, there is not much variance between the three.

There is, however, one saving point for Pho Hoa. It is a place that stays open later than the others. They close at 10:00 PM, if I remember correctly, which is why I sometimes end eating there.

Verdict: there are better places around.

Paid: 8.95

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  1. Agreed 100%. I went to Pho Hoa once (before I ever went to Pho Vy) and even though I didn't have that to compare it to I still left Pho Hoa disappointed. Just very average food. Being a vegetarian didn't help much as there was (IIRC) only a single vegetarian dish on the menu (compare with Pho Vy that has *many* vegetarian choices).

    There's just no comparison between the two. Even price-wise it seemed to me that Pho Vy wasn't really any more expensive, but the food was orders of magnitude better.

  2. If you like to Eat PHO? Should come to Green Leaf Vietnamese Bistro located on 1684 Douglas Street you will find the finest taste of Vietnam PHO. I ate at Green Leaf Bistro mostly 4 times a Week.