I’ve been eyeing Pho Huong & Mama Pizza for what seems like ages. Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, that’s the word pizza at the end of their name. The times that I attempted to check them out, they were closed (stupid Mondays). Yes, you read that correctly. They’re closed Mondays. I didn’t think any Vietnamese places was ever closed Mondays…
We finally were able to check Pho Huong out for lunch. D-Bone, Oandthree and I dropped by on a Friday to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. Obviously, we had to try out their pizza because WHY NOT?!? The interior is pretty modern for a Vietnamese restaurant. The waiter/owner was the only one running the show but our food came out in no time.
I thought the service was decent (expect typical Asian service) but D-Bone insisted that I put this in my review – so verbatim, “the service was crap”. His reasons – no re-fill of our tea pot even though we had the lid up (waiter eventually came by at the end of our meal) and he thought that the large bowl wasn’t big enough. Perfectly justifiable complaints but I thought the food more than made up for it.
The menu is three pages. Simple and to the point. Pho, vermicelli bowls, rice plates, and pizza/burgers/salads/junk food (uhh, POUTINE?). This menu had me reminiscing about Shanghai 456, when they were in their old Airport digs and had random, non-Asian dishes. Hahaha. Catering to all folks, guess it covers all your bases.
Bun bo hue (#16) ($9.00 large)
Their bun bo hue is terrific! Actually spicy, full of fragrant flavour (a lot of pepper is apparent at the beginning) and depth. This broth is legiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Yep, we all ordered the #16 (I hate when everyone orders the same thing but what can ya do?).
Mama’s special pizza (#31) ($18.50 for 12″)
Pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper, onions, pineapple, olives, shrimps and cheese. The pizza had a nice chewy crust to it and I thought there was a nice balance of cheese to topping ratio. All things considered, it was a pretty good pizza. Not the best you’ll ever have but way better than any pizza chain in town.
Add Pho Huong & Mama Pizza to the list of good Vietnamese eats in Edmonton. Seems like that list just keeps on getting bigger and bigger. If you’re looking for a delicious, unique broth, you need to come here pronto!
Pho Huong & Mama Pizza
10531 – 107 Avenue