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Pho Asia 21

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 17, 2007 / review policy

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Pho Asia 21 is a low key Vietnamese eatery popular with the Liberty Village lunch crowd.

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19 Comments

J / July 25, 2008 at 03:43 pm
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If you order ice water, make sure you request it by writing it down on the paper you fill out for the rest of your order...otherwise you may have to go without.
Delicious...well-priced...generous portioned soups and noodle dishes!!!
sneg / June 8, 2009 at 06:48 pm
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Be warned: if you're going to check these guys out, you better see their track record on Dine Safe:

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10239236
david / August 25, 2009 at 06:10 pm
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yeah, i got food poisoning from this place. several days of the runs. not a great experience.
Mike replying to a comment from david / September 28, 2009 at 01:40 pm
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BS, I eat here weekly along with 6 of my co workers. It's cheap delicious food.
david replying to a comment from Mike / October 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm
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So, Mike, this is your argument:
(1) Mike hasn't gotten sick at Pho Asia
(2) David has gotten sick at Pho Asia
(3) Therefore, no one gets sick at Pho Asia

So just b/c you, Mike, haven't gotten sick, you're saying that anyone who has is lying? LOL. Your reasoning skills are poor.
dragon replying to a comment from david / December 3, 2009 at 01:24 pm
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i love Asia 21! one of the best value restaurants around. you could probably feed a family of 3 with some of their single serving dishes.

however, i'm sorry to see that it doesn't have the best Dinesafe track record. maybe that one commentator got the runs because he put too much siracha sauce on his food. who knows?

all i can say is that my workmates and I have eaten there (dine-in and take-out) countless times and nobody's ever been sick.

my recommendation = order #316. definitely worth the risk.

ps. commentor david is a dork
Mike replying to a comment from dragon / December 15, 2009 at 03:45 pm
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Have you gone lately? It's closed by Dinesafe.

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10239236
Mike replying to a comment from dragon / December 15, 2009 at 03:45 pm
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Have you gone lately? It's closed...

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10239236
david / December 15, 2009 at 05:21 pm
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mike & dragon are douchebags--either that or they work for pho asia.

man, the place was closed down by public health!!! next time, doubters, if someone says they've gotten food poisoning from eating at a restaurant (in the case me), then don't be so dismissive.

i'm glad they were shut down. you can bet i'll never eat there again and will also warn all my friends.
dragon replying to a comment from david / December 16, 2009 at 02:52 pm
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closed down? really?

i just got take-out from there Monday night (Dec 14th), and it was delicious and non-poisony as usual.

and by the way, david, let's not get into name calling. i only called you a dork because of your dorky bullet points. no need to retaliate with sexist insults.

i don't work for Asia 21, and i will go back.
Brent replying to a comment from dragon / December 22, 2009 at 04:14 pm
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A message to all dorks and douchebags: I liked Asia Pho 21, I ate there several dozen times - but that place is a disgusting rats nest begging for apocalypse. If the owner doesn't care enough to maintain a bare minimum of hygiene then he deserves to get his ass shut down.

Don't fret, theres a better Pho place just west of there.
Ronron / July 9, 2010 at 05:15 pm
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I've eaten there literally hundreds of times over the last 5 years. Consistent and good.

I've NEVER been sick from it, and never gotten a dish that even upset my stomach at all or seemed "off"

I highly recommend it.
KittyMunro / August 11, 2010 at 03:06 pm
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I have eaten here several times. Delisious Pho and yummy Spring Rolls. However, if you are really that turned off by them, there is a new Thai place in Liberty Village called Saigon Bistro. Very clean, reasonably priced, fast service, delicious food.

But really, there's no need for name calling! You could get food poisoning from just about any restaurant. It's all relative kids!
Kate / November 9, 2010 at 03:47 pm
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Don't give tips if you eat at this place because the owners ( husband & Wife) are very greedy. They have taken all tips which are supposed to give to servers because all servers have just been immigrant at a short period of time or/and don't know English and Law.I feel bad for all of servers who have been bullied.
Dimi / November 15, 2010 at 10:19 am
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-=WARNING=- -=COCKROACHES=-
Do not eat in this place! They do have the anti sanitary conditions of this place. During the lunch hour previous Friday, 12 of Nov. I witness cockroach at the dining area on the tables and chairs. Pictures can be provided!
-=WARNING=- -=COCKROACHES=-
sneg replying to a comment from Dimi / December 6, 2010 at 09:18 am
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Dimi: forward your pics to Toronto Public Health.
Tristan / January 14, 2011 at 02:23 am
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I'm a cook, and I'll tell you now, that food poisoning can happen even in a vigilant establishment, it can also be something that happens before you even go into a restaurant, you could forget to wash your hands and touch a door handle that was just used by somebody with fecal matter on their hands, you could drink water out of a cup that wasnt washed properly and end up with hepatitis, it's all subjective.

I would hazard a guess that if they don't follow cross-contamination and food safety guidlines that ONCE IN AWHILE they will give someone a minor case of the squirts or an upset stomach, and worst case scenario botulism, salmonella, or a parasite.

Be aware, if it tastes off, and smells funny, don't risk it, or if you see that the rare beef is grey brown instead of light pink and reddish, that might be an indicator of age.

Be safe
Raymond W. / July 29, 2013 at 12:35 am
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Although the food isn't bad and the customer service is decent, I definitely would not go back to this place. Mainly due the management. The boss openly insults her workers and the restaurant is clearly understaffed, usually with only 2 waitresses running the entire length of the store.

Prices of the food has gone up recently while quality and quantity has not budged one bit.

You may have a slightly positive image of this store at first but if you catch the boss working there at the right time, you'll instantly lose your appetite after witnessing her obscenities.
Raymond W. replying to a comment from KittyMunro / July 29, 2013 at 12:40 am
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Are you serious? Actually? Saigon Bistro is owned by the same people as Pho Asia 21! So you're basically creating a funnel to scam all the people on this website to provide the management with business?

I don't know what everyone else's opinion on Pho Asia 21 and Saigon Bistro is (personally I don't care much for Pho asia 21 but I wouldn't call their food bad), but I wouldn't let Kittymunro fool you by attempting to "show you a new restaurant"

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