Blink and you’ll miss Pho Delight Noodle Shop. Nestled right along Whyte Ave, it’s connected to Friends and Neighbors Café. After some beaching, we needed food to re-fuel and wanted a spot that was within walking distance of the courts. Well, we decided to check out Pho Delight for the first time based on a friend’s recommendation.
We went on a Wednesday evening but there were only a few tables occupied. The service is friendly and looks like it’s family run but service definitely is a bit spotty. They forgot to give us spoons to eat our bowls of pho (strangely odd they don’t just have them out on the tables in the first place) and the pace leans towards the slower side of things. The kitchen is shared – what’s cool is that you can order from both menus so if you want breakfast food or Vietnamese, you can order either! Whatever pleases ma lady.
The menu is straightforward and even has a “Beginner’s Guide” for first time pho eaters (rookie, you’ve been missing out). There are also a bunch of specials and homemade treats (aka. pie options) for dessert written on the whiteboard. Did someone say pieeeeeeeeeeee?
2x Bun bo hue (#19) ($10.95)
Two of us decided to try out their bun bo hue. BBH is always my staple, go to dish when trying out a new Vietnamese restaurant. How was Pho Delight’s? Good but not the best I’ve had in town. It was lacking a bit of depth and complexity. They also only give you beef slices so there’s no meat variety that you normally get with bun bo hue. Oh, and for all the purists, the bowl came with thin rice noodles.
Vermicelli bowl with grilled beef (#14) ($11.95)
My buddy was starving so he added grilled chicken ($2.45 extra) to make his bowl filled with meat goodness. He had no troubles finishing it and thoroughly enjoyed everything.
Lemon pie ($4.25)
We decided to split a lemon pie three ways – it had a nice, slight tartness to it but we found there was a little too much crust to filling ratio. At least it tasted homemade.
Overall, pretty decent spot to grab pho and Vietnamese food if you’re stuck in the Whyte Ave area. The broth is pretty average so don’t expect to be blown away here. There’s not many other options nearby that I can think of for Vietnamese (sorry Phobolous is a crime against humanity). I’ll have to come back and try the other side next time!
Pho Delight Noodle Shop
10838 – 82 Avenue