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Inside, the focus is on steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho, fragrant meal-in-one soups that are served up at top speed. Available in small, medium or enormous, the delicate anise-tinged broth is laced with plentiful slices of beef (with or without tendon) and noodles. Along with the requisite containers of soy, hoisin and chili sauce that grace the tables, garnishes of fresh bean sprouts and Asian basil are brought to patrons to allow you to customize your order, DIY style.
Popular & Cheap This spot is perfect if you’re downtown, hungry and don’t have a lot of money in your pocket but want something good. You can go hot and spicy or mild and flavourful and get the meal fast. It’s also an experience to enter this home of fast Asian food, bustling with people and fragrant smells.
Point and Pick Menu Meals in solid form are also available, many of which are presented in photo form on the menu to assist in choosing. Start with an order of spring rolls wrapped in rice paper and stuffed with shrimp, mint leaves and vermicelli, followed by a plate of brochettes, such as grilled chicken in a semi-sweet glaze. Those in need of a real energy boost may opt to finish off with Vietnamese coffee, created from slow drip java and condensed milk. Alternately, a tall glass of tangy house lemonade refreshes on a cold day.
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A great choice on those cold winter days!
I like going to Pho Bang New York in Montreals Chinatown when it’s cold outside. Yes sometimes finding parking around here is a bitch but dinner is soooo cheap here, it’s worth it. You’ll notice when you walk in that it’s always busy….a good sign.
So when you walk just wait for one of the waiters to signal you in, they’ll tell you where to sit. I’m usually eating alone but because it’s so busy here, you blend in well. If you’re on a first date eating soup probably isn’t a good idea because it can get sloppy. I’ll always order the no 8 soup with extra meat. The soup comes with noodles, onions and un-cooked raw beef strips that you put in the hot soup. Add some of their hot sauce and chow away.
They offer hot tea when you arrive, great for those cold winter days. Pho Bang New York is a perfect hit and run restaurant that’s always busy. Dinner for two might set you back $15….if you go crazy and order a round of Cokes, you just might spend $20. So if dinner is on you that night, I suggest Pho Bang, you can thank me later :)