August 26, 2017

Pho Cilantro – Vancouver

We were planning to go get some noodles at Hawker’s Delight but sadly they were closed for summer vacation.  We drove up to Fraser street instead to find some pho and settled down at Pho Cilantro which we’ve never visited before.

It was a Saturday afternoon. Easy to find parking here on Fraser street. When we peeked inside the restaurant, it looked rather empty. Just 2 guys in there eating pho.  We went in and immediately seated but felt really stuffy since there was no air conditioning at all.

Since it was so stuffy inside, I guess that’s why we were served iced tea. 

It’s actually just the same tea they would have served hot. It’s not like a sweetened iced tea in case you are wondering.

We first ordered a large rare pho with beef balls:

When the bowl arrived, the beef was already well done…  So much for ordering ‘rare’.  The soup flavour was not very deep at all.

Next we ordered the dry noodle. Vermicelli with pork and spring roll.

It looked nicely presented when it arrived with all the different colors catching our eye.  However, the salad part consisted of more than half raw bean sprouts.  It was too much bean sprouts to say the least.

The spring roll as you can see looked over fried.  It was so hard to bite into.  Furthermore, the spring rolls here had a strange taste to it.  Kind of sour. Which makes me wonder if the meat was bad.

Service was not great either. Throughout our sitting, the 2 people working just hid behind the counter with their backs facing the customers while playing with their phones.  We were waiting to make eye contact so that we can get our bill but after getting impatient we just went up to the counter to pay.  The server finally saw us at the counter turned around with a smirk and said ‘oh’…

Food was not good, neither was the service, neither was the facilities being so hot.  Now we understand why it was so empty on a Saturday afternoon during lunch time.

SFDD gives 2 out of 5 Delights.

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