Pho Hoang Sargent Avenue


A few weeks ago I was wandering down Portage Avenue and noticed that the site that formerly had housed Kim Long Restaurant was soon to be the new location For Phô’ Hoàng restaurant. This got to wondering, because I like to wonder as I wander, whether or not the Phô Hoàng location on Sargent Avenue was going to be closing.

Pho Hoang House Special Pho
This is the house special Pho from Pho Hoang. I really appreciated the fact that the rare beef was in fact rare.

A couple of weeks later I trundled down the road from my house to the little mall that holds the original site of the restaurant. I figured that even if they weren’t open, that I might finally get in a visit to Banh Mi Go, which has been just about to open since August of 2017.* Fortunately such is not the case with Phô Hoàng, They were certainly still open for business when I went by, and so I decided that it would make a great stop for a meal.

*They still are on the verge of opening. I don’t know what the hold up is, but I hope that it will be worth the wait. 

the restaurant is relatively large, and one of the good things about it is that it has several two tops among the variety of the dark wooden table tops. It was later in the supper hour that I went, yet the restaurant was still about half full. In addition, like many restaurants, they were doing a brisk trade in Skip the Dishes orders.

I was seated right away, and once my server brought me my menu, I asked her about the new Portage Avenue location. It turns out that it is going to be a second location for the restaurant.

First Visit

With Phô in the name of the restaurant, I decided to make that part of my first order. I ordered the house special Phô which is pictured at the top of the post. The broth was rich and the meat was very well prepared. I was especially pleased to discover the rare beef was in fact fare. There as just a little sear on the outside with a good red colour in the middle of each slice. The other thing of note is that this Pho is great even when you don’t add the chili pepper.

The other part of my order was a couple of salad rolls. These were quite large, and had a good mixture of crunchy lettuce and vegetables to go along with the BBQ pork. These are really good salad rolls.

Pho Hoang salad rolls.
A good mixture of vegetables were in these salad rolls.

The service was good and I didn’t have to wait long for my order despite the general business of the restaurant.

Visit Number Two: Feeling Hungry

Phô Hoàng is open until 9, Sunday – Thursday, and until 10 Friday and Saturday. It’s not a late night eats place, but it is good if you are running a little late on your usual dinner time. Even though it’s fairly busy you can still also find yourself a place to sit when you stop by.

My next visit was another later evening one. I was feeling fairly hungry, but I wasn’t too sure how much I was in the mood to eat. So, I decided to start with two items from the menu. The first was an order of spring rolls from the appetizer menu, along with BBQ Beef Short Ribs on rice.

Pho Hoang Spring Rolls
Crispy spring rolls.

The spring rolls were good and crispy, the sort where the pastry cracks and splinters when you bite into them. they were welled filled, with a pleasant, savoury, pork filling.

Pho Hoang Vinegar
Spring rolls are never the same without the vinegar to dip them in.

The BBQ Beef Short Ribs were the single best item that I had at Phô Hoàng. The meat was falling off the bone tender and the texture was melt in your mouth when you went to chew it. The BBQ sauce was a wonderful sweet mix.

Pho Hoany Ribs
Delectable BBQ Beef Short Ribs from Pho Hoang. The singularly best dish I tried.

The only thing about my first two choices, was that they didn’t quite fill me up as much as I had hoped they would. So, I decided to add a third item to my meal. Going back to the appetizer portion of the menu I went with an order of Asian Chicken Wings. I also added a beverage to my meal choosing the Thai Iced Coffee.

Pho Hoang wings
The Asian Wings from Pho Hoang. the wings were plenty crispy, but the seasoning was rather pedestrian.

The wings were good and the skin nice and crispy. They were also moist and well-cooked with the meat easily coming off the bone. The sauce on the other hand was somewhat bland. It could do with a little more spicing than it has. Not necessarily hotter, but a better mix of spices in the sauce. Nonetheless, they are better than most restaurant wings that I have tried.

Pho Hoang Coffee.
Thai Iced Coffee. This was a really rich and creamy version.

I’ve only had Thai Iced Coffee on one other occasion. That was when I visited Sabai Thai. This one seemed to be a lot creamier than that one. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the difference. The coffee flavour in this one isn’t quite is strong. However, this version is smoother and sweeter. I think they both have their own strengths as beverages and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend either one.

Once again the service was pleasant and efficient. Also, because I ordered a second time, I ended up with a longer visit, but their was no sense that I was being rushed. I was allowed to enjoy my meal at a pleasant, leisurely pace.

I don’t know how soon the Portage Avenue location will be open, but it will be worth the wait, and a good destination if you are working in the downtown area. If that doesn’t work for you, take the time to visit the location on Sargent Avenue. There is limited parking in the lot by the restaurant, but a fair bit of street parking around, a long with good bus service.
Pho Hoang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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13 comments

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        Bok choy is another vastly underrated veggie, and is delicious raw or cooked.

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