Pho Yo Vietnamese Cuisine


The lead up to Christmas is one of my busy times as a priest. In addition to added services, I have a few more visits to make as opposed to the rest of the year. Being out and about more than usual, I try to fit in stops at some restaurants that I haven’t hit before. One such place is Pho Yo Vietnamese Cuisine on St. Mary’s Road.

Pho Yo is in the space that was once occupied by Simon’s Cuisine. Simon’s has since moved to the Forks, and rebranded itself as Empanadas and Company.

Pho Yo Pho.

The eponymous dish from Pho Yo.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been by this location without stopping in. I didn’t visit Simon’s until it opened in The Forks, and it’s only in the last couple of weeks that I’ve stopped in to visit Pho Yo. Continue reading

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Pho Hoi An – Sargent Avenue


Pho Hoi An is a Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant located on Sargent Avenue. It’s one of a few restaurants in a little strip mall, and is right next door to the Village Diner. This is a restaurant that I’ve been to many years ago, but haven’t been to recently.

Pho Hoi An Vietnames Coffee

Vietnamese Coffee is always one of my favourite parts of a meal at a Vietnamese restaurant.

If you remember late last month there were several days where the weather alternated between light drizzle and heavy downpour. One of those evenings was September 22nd. The date sticks out in my mind because it was the night of a Bomber game and I was walking home looking for a place where I might get out of the rain and catch a little bit of the game.  Continue reading

Tour Time Returns Downtown


Over the last couple of years, I’ve gone on a couple of the Downtown Biz tours. Last year I did the Tap In tour, and the year before that I went on the Patio Tour. This year, Susan Ainley, tour co-ordinator invited me, along with a group of other social media inclined folks to join her on this year’s edition of the patio tour.

Tour Classic Caesar

It was National Caesar Day. This is the Classic Caesar from Pony Corral.

One of the first things I noted was that the list of participating restaurants this year was different from the Patio Tour I went on a couple of years ago. Patios in the downtown continue to grow, and so there are always lot’s to choose from.

Patio Stops

Our gathering spot for the day was the patio at Pony Corral on St. Mary Avenue. It was beginning to cloud over but we still managed to find some sun for ourselves. Besides Susan and myself, our social media group consisted of Craig and Michelle Hologroski, Natalie (PegCityLovely) Bell, Lindsay Somers, Cory Beal, and Jaime Vales-Riench. For our first two stops we were also joined by Tineke de Jong of the Downtown Biz.

Being National Caesar day, I made the Classic Caesar, shown above, my drink of choice at Pony Corral. Continue reading

Kyu Grill – Forks Market Food Hall


The new food hall at The Forks continues to take shape. Last week I wrote about the Nuburger location, and this week I visited the new Kyu Grill site. I’ve written about the Kyu Grill food cart in the past, but this was a time to try out the Forks location which seems like a cross between Kyu Bistro and the food cart as far as the menu goes.

The Kyu Grill spring rolls.

The Kyu Grill spring rolls.

One of the first things I noticed about the menu is that there were a couple of items on it that I didn’t typically associate with an Asian restaurant. One of these was the beef stew. Continue reading

Vi-Ann Restaurant


For all the years I walked by it in Osborne Village, I never once visited Vi-Ann restaurant. I’m not sure why, although Spicy Noodle House has always been my Osborne Village stand-by. Then all of a sudden, in a controversial decision, Vi-Ann was gone. Eventually it re-opened on Notre Dame. However, it was only recently that I noticed the new location. This time I decided I had to make sure I tried it. So, in the last couple of weeks that’s what I did.

Vi-Ann Salad Rolls

Plump and fresh Shrimp and Pork Salad Rolls

The feeling when I walked in was that the space had at one time been home to some sort of chain restaurant. It turns out that it was a CIBC branch. While not a restaurant I think the fact that it was a small bank gives it something of a generic feel. As a restaurant, Vi-Anns decor is simple and straightforward. The most notable thing is a large screen TV on the one wall that plays CBC news on an endless loop. However, based on several Vietnamese restaurants that I’ve visited, I know it’s the food and not the decor that is usually the selling point. Vi-Ann is no different.

Late Supper at Vi-Ann

My first visit to Vi-Ann was on a day when it was getting later in the evening and as I wandered down Notre Dame there weren’t a lot of places still open. Vi-Ann was open until 10 pm so I knew I wouldn’t be in a rush to finish my meal. Went I when in I was told to take a seat at any table, and so I ended up right in the middle of the restaurant. While not busy there will still several tables in use. Continue reading