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Pho 88

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on April 8, 2011 / review policy

Pho 88 TorontoPho 88 offers Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cuisine, including satays, cold rolls, and of course, pho.

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13 Comments

highbrow / April 18, 2006 at 08:01 am
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For some good Vietnamese food you may want to hit Ossington between Dundas & Queen, or College west of Dufferin.
Christina / April 22, 2006 at 12:09 pm
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It's so funny, I inadvertently ended up there last night for a quick chow. As soon as I saw the name on the menu though, I knew I'd read about it here.

Pretty cool.

Question: I got into a tiff with the boy about whether it's pronounced "Poe" or "Foe". Which is it? I know in Thai, the "ph" is always pronounced with the h silent, so just as the regular English "p".
Tanja / April 22, 2006 at 01:25 pm
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As far as I know it would be "Foe"! At least that's what I've learned...
Meathole / June 12, 2007 at 11:11 pm
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its pronounced "FAH"
Kyler / July 9, 2008 at 01:39 am
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The correct pronunciation is actually 'fuh'... atleast that's what they call it in Vietnam...

I got pretty good at ordering 'pho bo' & 'bia hoi'
(beef pho & home-brewed beer)
Paul / February 7, 2009 at 09:06 pm
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I love this place :)

The place looks great, quite a big selection of food, and the waiters & waitresses are very nice.
Jessica / March 24, 2009 at 06:21 pm
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I've had the experience of trying to eat here once and that was enough to give me reason to never go back and have horrid things to say about this place.
Living in the area I figured it would be might be worth it to check out with my girlfriend one night and we both couldn't even make a dent in either of our meals.
There was so much corn starch (or some kind of starch) in the sauces, both of our meals tasted the same, both bland and gray. I couldn't believe the lack of service in a near empty restaurant. Not once did someone ask us if our meal was alright (maybe they knew?) nor did our drinks get replenished. it took us close to 20 minutes to get the attention of our server to bring us the bill, which was cheap-ish - but not at all worth it as we couldn't bring ourselves to swallow this "food".
There are far, far better places to eat along Spadina.
david / July 5, 2009 at 04:25 pm
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I can't disagree more with the comment above. I really did enjoy the food there. I had the sate soup and my girlfriend had the glass noodle with chicken. we both had fruit shakes which where surprisingly made of real fruit and not that powder the 168 uses. I had no problem with the service. The Price was the best part of it. Nice place, good food, cheap prices. I don't know what the person above was expecting for 20.00 but it was worth it for me.
Ingrid / January 12, 2010 at 10:28 am
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Just ate there yesterday, and the pho was not worth it. Miserly with the rare beef, and the noodles were so overcooked they melted on contact. And the easy-listening tunes over the PA made me pine more for Golden Turtle than ever before. Pass.
Susan / January 31, 2010 at 06:01 pm
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I feel that the modernized look of Pho 88 fools people into thinking that they will receive the ultimate lunch or dining experience. The look of the restaurant masks the (lack of) quality really well.

I had a bowl of Hieu Tieu My Tho (My Tho Style Rice Noodle Soup), and it tasted very bland. Was not worth it's price. I prefer Pho Hung over 88.
Diana / June 23, 2010 at 11:46 am
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Pho 88 fools foreigners who think they offer authentic vietnamese foods. I would head elsewhere for better taste and price.
hamza / February 3, 2012 at 01:15 am
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the who owns this is my buddy
Pho Pro replying to a comment from Paul / January 28, 2013 at 04:14 pm
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I would prefer Pho Tien at Bathurst/Dundas because of the better food as well as the service... The Pho is more tasty and the service is perfect. Their spring rolls, shrimp rice paper roll and grilled pork with vermicelli are aslo delicious. It is a new restaurant but offer very good foods, shakes as well as the service... Highly recommended to all my friends.

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