When you think of Richmond, Vietnamese isn’t usually where most people’s thoughts go to for eats. Their claim to fame is that they don’t use MSG. It’s locate in Ironwood Plaza but they also have a second location (out in Steveston).
FYI: 10% off on Monday’s.
There’s a mix of table and booth seating but they cap out at 46 seats. Jazz/elevator music is unexpected but the vibe is chill and the NBA seems to always be up on their TV’s. Service is standard but the food comes out quickly.
The menu is focused with 40 items; appetizers, pho, vermicelli noodle bowl, crispy chow mein, rice plates, combination plates, chef’s specialty and desserts.
We dropped in on a Sunday afternoon (around 1:30pm) and the place was bumping.
This would be better to share between three people. Good acidity, a bit of texture from the fried garlic chips, peanuts and freshness from the onion and cilantro.
Pho tuan (#40) ($14.50)
Special beef noodle soup with a poached egg. I also found some sliced pickled garlic and ginger bits. The beef slices and balls were fantastic; slices are slightly smoked beforehand and melt in your mouth. The broth was unlike any other pho I’ve had; bright, fragrant and slightly creamy. It’s almost like a hybrid between a pho and ramen bowl. You’ll keep on wanting to come back for more. Definitely a must try.
Pho sate ga (#15) ($13.95)
Sate peanut noodle with your choice of meat. We went with chicken, which was generous in portion and incredibly tender, flavourful pieces. The broth is thick (aka. noodles will soak it all up) but impressive with great depth and complexity. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a satisfying sate.
We dropped in on an early Saturday (around 5:30pm). No wait and not too busy inside.
Something was slightly different about their broth (maybe some kaffir lime in there?). Generous portions of meat. Overall, a very satisfying BBH.
The beef was tender and juicy. The rest of the meal is standard fare; basically a vermicelli bowl. Personally, I’d stick with their soups.
Generous portion sizes and delicious broths. Solid spot if you want Vietnamese in Richmond!
#1101, 8328 Capstan Way