The Perfect Pho in Vancouver

During these drizzle-filled days in YVR, we often find ourselves craving the perfect bowl of noodles without a hefty price tag attached; we know YP readers are into savvy spending and saving. What better way to get out and explore the diverse culinary offerings our city has to offer than finding yourself a seat at one of Vancouver’s top-notch Vietnamese spots?  We’ve done some Pho-nomenal research and come up with a few we think are notably worthy of biting into.

Red Pagoda (1408 Commercial Drive) is in the heart of all the action and a classic pho go-to when the hankering hits. Look for a plethora of offerings and plenty of lighter additions on their menu that’ll help you reach those New Year goals. You’ll find non-oily beef broth and vegetarian alternatives alongside stews, as well as other fresh offerings (we love the peanut chicken sate pho). The space is modern and well appointed, not your imagined ‘hole-in-the-wall’ spot you may be accustomed to.

Joyeaux Cafe serves up pho and beyond, guaranteed to make all your dining partners happy.  Reasonably priced, well situated (551 Howe Street, downtown) and easy on the wallet; in a good way.  We love their spicy pork and noodle soup, crispy lemon grass chicken and assortment of pho’s (beef brisket, perhaps?) as well as delish sandwiches. With great offers for the lunch crowd, this is the perfect, healthy weekday fix.

Royal Restaurant (1855 Burrard Street) is a great spot to hit up if you don’t want to head downtown for your pho-fix. We love this spot for its tasty simplicity, prompt service and variety. If you want something guaranteed to spice up your life during these rather dreary months in YVR, look no further, Royal delivers. Be sure to specify just how ‘spicy’ you like it and enjoy the fresh, quality ingredients they use and huge portions that will fill your belly (with a bit left over to take to work the next day).

Le Petit Saigon (2783 East Hastings) might be the smallest (in size) of the lot, but it packs a seriously pho-fuelled punch when it comes to pretty much every other aspect of the diner’s experience. Service is quick, friendly and courteous. They always seem to be packed, yet you won’t feel rushed and maybe more enticed to up your food order so you can enjoy the overall energy (note: order the Spring Rolls and No. 15 Beef Special).