There are way too many options for Vietnamese in the city but you can never go wrong with Dang Anh Cafe. DAC specializes in Northern Vietnamese food. They’re located next door to a Salvadorean restaurant, El Caracol Cafe.
Hours. Note: closed on Wednesday.
There’s 6 tables inside but they do have one small table outside. Majority of the diners always seem to be Vietnamese.
The menu is small with just over a dozen options. Most of their dishes are $11.00 to $12.00 (including taxes).
There’s also off-menu fried doughnuts ($1.00) that most customers order. The tea (both hot and cold) are comforting. We got hints of coconut from the hot version.
First visit was on a Thursday for a late lunch (12:50pm). Busy.
Lime and hot peppers came separately.
Crab meat was fantastic and the noodles had a great bite. Broth smelled amazing and was full of depth. Really, really impressed although the grilled fish tasted salty when you ate them by themselves.
Second trip we came on a holiday Monday afternoon (around 2:30pm).
Didn’t touch those hot peppers.
Chao long ($11.00)
Special pork porridge. In reality, this is pork organ/innard/offal congee. I’ve never had the Vietnamese version before so of course, I wanted to try. The waitress was a bit skeptical about us ordering it but I persisted. It comes with sliced pork kidney, stuffed pig intestine and pig uteri.
I liked it. The congee was surprisingly flavourful too. We thought this came with the fried Chinese donuts but never got any; I’m assuming they sold out.
Third visit was on a Saturday (around 4:45pm) for a very late lunch.
Pho bo + ga ($11.00)
Rice noodle soup with beef and chicken. Broth is clean but again, on the lighter side. Beef slices were tender. Same with the chicken except you only get about 3 pieces. Their pho won’t necessarily blow you away.
Most recent visit was on a Thursday (at noon). Very busy but we didn’t have to wait.
They always give you a side of chopped chillies.
Cash only. If you have to pick one dish, my favourite here is the bun rieu + cha ca. Will be trying their bun oc next time.
Dang Anh Cafe
5186 Victoria Drive