Hanoi Pho (Chinatown/DTES)
I had been wanting to try pho (phở) for a long while now (I’ve attended some of John Chow‘s DotCom Pho events but never actually had the Vietnamese soup itself). When I was little, I used to ask my Mom to add very thin slivers of beef (fully cooked) to my noodle soups. While not exactly pho, there is some degree of resemblance between both versions of soup with beef, and I thought that it would be good for me to have a food adventure with a good friend.
So I asked Lorraine to join me at Hanoi Pho (a little restaurant located near Hastings and Main). I knew from conversations with Lorraine herself, Colleen and the folks at Invoke that this place was great, and it didn’t disappoint. For $ 8.00 you get a really huge bowl of soup (they called it a Special Spicy Soup) with lots of vegetables, some shrimp and slivers of well-cooked meat. I did finish it only out of discipline (my GrandMa used to say that “we had to eat all our soup and veggies”, so that’s why I mention the word ‘discipline’). But frankly, I would have been ok with a small bowl. I ended up having to walk all the way from Hanoi to downtown and back because otherwise I would have felt incredibly full.
I would thoroughly recommend Hanoi Pho, it’s inexpensive, it’s tasty, the restaurant is clean and guess what – for all of you geeks around, it has free wi-fi! The owner has a very warm attitude and he was very friendly (and you can tell he knows that there are geeks around, because his network is secure and he changes the password regularly, hehe).