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The Best Pho in Toronto

Posted by Simon Yau / May 21, 2011

Pho TorontoThe best pho in Toronto is a title that comes inherently with a little controversy. With so many restaurants at which to enjoy the Vietnamese soup noodle dish, the relative simplicity of pho means any discussion about the best version of this steamy comfort food quickly becomes a passionate defense of personal beliefs: how intensely flavoured should a broth be? What is the best type of noodle? What is the ideal meat to noodle ratio?

Harkening back to its street food origins, pho has become one of Toronto's most ubiquitous options for a quick and tasty meal, no matter the time of day or where in the GTA you might be.

This list features a broad swath of familiar favourites from neighbourhoods across the city. Some of my personal haunts just missed the cut, including Pho Pasteur at Dundas and Spadina, as well as Scarborough's Pho Metro and Pho 88 at Bamburgh Circle Plaza. But hey, that's the great thing about pho - there always seems to be another potential best bowl out there to be tried.

Here are the best bowls of pho in Toronto.

Note: This list was previously published on March 22, 2008. Comments below made up until May 15th, 2011 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.

Top middle photo by kayehm on Flickr.

Golden Turtle

Golden Turtle

Perhaps inexorably linked with celebrity chef Susur Lee who has been spotted dining here on occasion, this Ossington eatery is equally notable for its plethora of vegetarian friendly options. Small, cramped and consistently busy, this hole-in-the-wall is as minimalist in decor as the delicate broth that has made it a consistent local favourite, for professional chefs and regular hungry folks alike. More »

Pho Hung

Pho Hung

The laughing cow sign is pretty easy to spot. This Chinatown institution bustles at all times of day and has expanded to double its original capacity. The pho is hearty and the portions large. Patrons nuzzling up to their bowls of beef ball soup in the austere surroundings. Despite crowds, the vast real estate and entire walls of windows make this a relatively airy space compared to many other Vietnamese restaurants. More »

Pho Huong

Pho Huong

A relative newcomer to the city’s pho landscape, this Junction restaurant has been embraced by locals with open arms and stomachs. A clean modern interior and contemporary china has helped attract patrons by the droves. Generosity with the protein helps too, as does a menu that reaches into Chinese and Thai cuisine alongside traditional Vietnamese. More »

Hanoi 3 Seasons

Hanoi 3 Seasons

Both locations of this east-side seafood standout serve its signature spicy baby clams, grilled fish and a variety of Northern Vietnames inspired cuisine that helps the menu standout amongst fellow pho competitors. Although the original location is comparably upscale, the newer Leslieville locale is without a doubt the spot-du-jour, with a clean fauxotic aesthetic that manages to transport without feeling gaudy. Also, $5 glasses of wine? That’s French culture everyone can get behind. More »

Pho Vietnam

Pho Vietnam

With only two Scarborough joints making this list, Pho Vietnam is a strong choice to represent the treasure trove of good pho out East. Large portions served with a light, herbal and intensely flavoured broth make this outpost a common stop for pho seekers across the city. Don’t forget to venture off the noodle path as well. Many of the shrimp dishes here are excellent. More »

Pho Tien Thanh

Pho Tien Thanh

Forever known as “the other pho place on Ossington,” this divey restaurant is no slouch when it comes to the slurpy stuff. Many pho snobs consider Pho Tien Thanh to actually be superior to its Golden neighbour up the street and one taste of its deeply beefy broth is enough to understand why there’s a debate. Often crowded and always cash only, come during off hours and order the rare beef to get the classic experience. More »

Pho Linh

Pho Linh

With fresh noodles and a light broth that punches above its weight in the flavour department, this unassuming College west noodle house is a mainstay amongst the city’s pho faithful. It may look a bit like a bookies lair from the outside, but you can’t ever judge a pho restaurant by its cover. Don’t forget to try the banh beo (rice pancake), a bit of a rare treat for Vietnamese cuisine. More »

Pho Phuong

Pho Phuong

Labelling yourself a fine dining establishment tends to come with expectations. In the case of Pho Phuong, a bright modern interior and thoughtful presentation manage to somewhat reconcile its menu of typical Vietnamese dishes with its self-titled humblebrag. Huge portions of pho overflow with protein and pints of sumptuous broth. “Fine dining” may be a misnomer, but “Great rice dishes too” just doesn’t have the same ring I suppose. More »

Peach Garden

Peach Garden

Nestled in a strip mall next to a Home Depot, this low-key restaurant ladles out rich, savoury bowls of pho for neighbourhood families and night owls alike. Like many local Vietnamese restaurants, the interior and service sometimes border on utilitarian. Still, consistently spiced and complex broth along with everyday low prices mean if you generally get what you pay for; you’re definitely getting a steal here. More »

Pho Saigon

Pho Saigon

The second Scarborough entry on the list, this bright uptown eatery features the requisite aesthetic of a classic Toronto Vietnamese restaurant. Tile floors, large windows, a single room and as many tables as you can arrange in a row. Most days however, all those tables are crammed with locals dropping by to consume a quick lunch of aromatic noodle soup or bun bowls bursting with herbage. A welcome Asian oasis in the midst of myriad middle eastern options. More »

Pho Mi Asia

Pho Mi Asia

The sole representative of North York on this list, this casual eatery is consistently buzzing with both local Vietnamese patrons and overspill from nearby Yorkdale mall. Bowls of pho come with enough meat to host a bbq, but the star of the show here is the incendiary bun bo hu, served with fistfuls of fresh veggies, tender bits of pork knuckle and the earthy, tangy broth of shrimp paste, chili and lemongrass. Fuel up for that shopping spree in affordable style. More »

Discussion

95 Comments

jack / March 22, 2008 at 10:25 am
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maybe the word is from chinese... 'cause we say "ho fun" in Chinese(mandarin and cantonese)
Dave / March 22, 2008 at 01:05 pm
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No, no. It's Vietnamese.
shaun / March 22, 2008 at 04:31 pm
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I don't think many of the Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto do a good job of creating what they make back in Viet Nam. I think the main reason is because the ingredients (and all food in general) in Viet Nam is local and fresh.

Having been to Viet Nam a few times, I long to find a restaurant that can make authentic spring rolls. If anyone knows of a place in Toronto that makes them like they do in Ha Noi, let me know!
John / March 22, 2008 at 05:49 pm
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Spring Roll's Pho Ga may not be authentic, but it's my favourite.

Then again the only other pho I've had is at Xe Lua at 3:00 am and although good it doesn't compare to Spring Roll.
Ninja Lee / March 22, 2008 at 07:44 pm
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Don't forget Pho Train at Spadina just north of Dundas on Spadina, it's on the second floor, look for the train picture. Their Pho is great, they use really good soup base, and they have a lot of interesting ingredient combinations. They also have plated meals like pork chops. Their drink menu is great - Avocado milkshake! Yummy!!!!!! It goes great with the spicy curry chicken pho.
Ninja Lee / March 22, 2008 at 07:46 pm
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Sorry, Pho Train is just south of Dundas, I think it also goes by Xe Lua
TL / March 23, 2008 at 02:16 am
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there's tons of pho places in toronto and i think you're forgettin many of the pho places up north like jane and wilson or jane and finch, forget bout markham and scarborough tho :S... + i would not go to spring rolls for pho =S

i think one of the main difference between pho here and VN
is one or two of the ingredients

there are these brown stars that the tend to add in it, my mom does it all the time so there is a difference between pho at the pho stores and "authentic" pho but i think its preference, none the less

regardin towards pho ga? do they serve it with an egg?
igor / March 23, 2008 at 02:29 am
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I'm addicted to this stuff, lunch at Saigon Palace at least 2 times a week. #2 small please!
Marcus / March 24, 2008 at 02:02 am
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The "brown stars" that TL is referring to is a spice known as star anise and, as far as I'm concerned, any pho broth made without it just isn't real pho. It's what adds the subtle licorice-like flavor and tons of depth to a really good pho broth.

My favorite pho place used to be Hello Saigon (nee Miss Saigon) on Spadina, just north of Baldwin Street. It had the best pho: a nice taste of star anise, little bits of fried garlic and shallot in the bottom of the bowl and the beef they used was never gristley. About a year or so ago it was sold to someone else and it took a nosedive after that. After several visits with horrible service and bad food I've never gone back. The chef and owner opened a new place called Hua Sang (the upstairs one on Baldwin) a couple months ago but a few weeks ago they mysteriously stopped opening and I have no idea where they've gone. Anyone know what's become of them?

I've had a hankering for good pho and Pho Hung's is bland and watery in comparison.
Adam / March 24, 2008 at 05:42 pm
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I ate at Hello Saigon for the first time this past weekend and it was wonderful; possibly the best pho I've ever had. Maybe Marcus visited on an off day?
Helen / March 26, 2008 at 01:25 pm
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I've been to all those you mentioned and then some (downtown, up north and beyond)... and by far the best pho in town is a new place called: Pho My Dguyen on Bloor just west of Dufferin (northside). Hands down best broth, best brisket. clean spot.
Adam / April 1, 2008 at 11:05 am
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I think the other Adam just visited on an on day, Hello Saigon has been disappointing to say the least the last couple of times I've been there (and the last was the last).
Joe / April 1, 2008 at 12:15 pm
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Hello Saigon has hit rock bottom in my book. The last meal I had there was so pukeable I felt like gargling with gin afterward. Nevermore.
apetimberlake / April 2, 2008 at 03:49 pm
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Pho Hung is My fav.
In the North (finch and weston) and west (dundas and 10) is Pho Dau Bo.

Hello saigon is rteally bad..I have never been to a pho spot where i said "gah!!! never again'!!!!
phil / April 3, 2008 at 05:00 pm
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How is it a Pho list gets compiled without 'Pho Pasteur'? Savages. Dundas at Spadina. The Rare Beef Satay cannot be touched - it is the perfect Pho.
Brandon / July 13, 2008 at 02:49 am
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Golden Turtle @ Queen/Ossington is by far, the best, me being Viet and knowing my own food since I was born, that this place is #1 and deserves to be #1, period.

Hands down, this place can't be touched.

Though I haven't had Banh Xeo in the longest time, not sure if white folk or non-asians know what I'm talking about, but, it's the shit. I am craving for some right now...
Stan / August 5, 2008 at 10:06 am
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Me and my work buddies used to hit up Pho Pasteur all the time, but then they got hit by the Ministry of Health with a warning and we haven't been back since.
Ly Tan / December 17, 2008 at 10:04 am
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Pho Train (Xe Lua) is hands down the best restaurant I've been to so far. Although they've gone cheap on their ingredients since they've made renovations to their restaurant. My family have gone there regularly since I was a child. I'm actually surprised its not in the top 10.

#1 Rule for eating at an ethnic restaurant: If you enter the restaurant and you see it's crowded with white people....WALK OUT! I generally don't trust zagat ratings on ethnic restaurants. Just peek inside and see who their customers are - and you'll know if it's more authentic or if they're going to make their food more bland.
Iggi / March 1, 2009 at 08:35 am
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This list is totally bogus! This is basically a list of the 10 most popular pho places downtown. Or should I say ten most likely places you'll see hipsters eating noodles. Did the author even bother leaving Toronto proper? If you haven't noticed most asians live around the periphery of Toronto. In quirky places like Markham, Mississauga, North York, yes even scary Scarborough. How can any top ten list for Asian food not have anything restaurants East of Carlaw, or North of College, or West of Dufferin?
On the list only 3 (Pho Phuong, Pho Linh, and Que Ling) are even close to legit. The broth of Golden Turtle is bland and lacks flavour. They make up for it by adding tons of msg. I know, I used to live on Ossington. A much more flavourful and authentic version can be found just down the street at Pho Tien. Besides everybody knows that the true measure of a pho restaurant is actually in their other soup items (the ones most non-asians are afraid to eat) like bun rieu (bun noodles in a tomato-ey crab broth) and the king of them all BUN BO HUE (bun noodles in a very complex beef and pork broth that must contain real shrimp paste, and MUST have real pig's feet and pig's blood, along with braised beef brisket). Most places are lazy and will just mix in a spoonful of storebought, preservative laden instant Bun Bo Hue flavour broth out of a jar. This includes half of the above restaurants. The other half don't even put it on their menu. If a place can get bun bo hue right it is for damn sure they can do pho bo (beef pho) in some respectable manor. Of all these places only Pho Phuong even comes close to a good Bun Bo Hue.
Don't get me wrong. I go to many of these places frequently, just like a person might go to their local sandwich shop. You can have good meal at any of them, and by no means should you not frequent any of these places. A few actually deserve to be on the list. What I said was the list is bogus not the restaurants. Let me put it this way. You know that little coffee shop you go to in the mornings run by friendly asians? The one where every morning you buy an egg sandwich with your coffee. Well it's like putting that place on a list for Toronto's best breakfast. For a good pho experience better than amost that on this list, try Green Bamboo in Scarborough; clean, good service, good broth.
The point is this, go outside your comfort zone. Go places you wouldn't normally go. Far places. Places you won't bump into friends. Or even anyone who speaks the same language except the waiter. And try new stuff. Stuff that may not sound that appetizing at first. But trust me, if people eat it it's definitely good.
Peace
Paul replying to a comment from Iggi / April 8, 2009 at 05:02 pm
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Iggi,
Did you bother reading the title or intro of this post?

Best Pho in "Toronto".
This list covers the exact area that I am interested in. I'm not going to go out to Scarborough just because it may be better.

Lastly, you will notice the last sentence in the intro "So here's the short list, as voted by you".

So when you ask "Did the author even bother leaving Toronto proper?" you're actually describing the majority of the readership who voted on this.

Lastly, what classifies "Best" does not mean the same to all people. Best does not necessarily mean authentic.
in support of iggi / April 29, 2009 at 06:03 pm
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Granted it's mostly downtown hipsters that read this blog and vote on the "best of" --most grossly evident in the Toronto Neighbourhoods postings and map (blogto.com/neighbourhoods).
Cut off at Coxwell to the East, St. Clair to the North and Keele to the West, it basically reads like a guide to downtown gentrification.
I find it irritating that the rest of the city outside the central core is excluded. Please note that since amalgamation in 1998, Scarborough, Etobicoke, York, East York and North York have all been part of "Toronto", it would be nice to see them get some play.
Mike / May 30, 2009 at 09:45 pm
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Golden Turtle's pho is really really bland!!!!
The best pho is found from Keele to Jane from Wilson up to Finch.
I don't eat pho in neighbourhoods without any Vietnamese people living there.
Jane / June 4, 2009 at 08:40 pm
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Are you serious?
Saigon Palace is the worst Pho place I've ever eaten at. I'm actually Viet myself, and I think that that place has no authentic taste. Like, It's pretty bland. Personally, if you wanna find a good Viet restuarant, look in the store and see if there's actually a lot of Viet people, because they know what authentic Viet food tastes like.
sneg / June 9, 2009 at 06:44 pm
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Be warned: if you're going to check Pho Asia 21, you better see their track record on Dine Safe:

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10239236
S / June 15, 2009 at 05:13 pm
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I agree that Blog TO is pretty downtown-centric and there's plenty of good pho outside of the downtown core. We checked out Hanoi 3 Seasons in Leslieville and were quite impressed. Check out the link for pics etc: http://butgooddifferent.blogspot.com/2009/03/best-looking-pho-in-town.html I'm a downtowner but I work in Scarborough so I'll have to get out to Green Bamboo sometime...
jeff replying to a comment from Ninja Lee / June 23, 2009 at 01:39 pm
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I agree Xe Lua is excellent. I have tried other in the area and they were average at best. Xe Lua always busy, half the people that eat there are asian and the prices are excellent. Try the spring roll platter you make y our self. Sorry I do not know the name.
Gary / June 26, 2009 at 08:35 am
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Interesting order...
Angry Reader / October 9, 2009 at 09:42 pm
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This list angers me. Just the fact that Pho Xe Lua and Pho Pasteur are not on the list shows how little Paul appreciates good pho. I also hope Pho Hung and Saigon Palace are typos.

The title of this article is very misleading and should be changed to "Best Pho in the Old City of Toronto"
Angry Reader replying to a comment from Iggi / October 9, 2009 at 09:43 pm
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I gotta agree with most of your points. Bogus.
Alpha Kitty / November 24, 2009 at 08:53 am
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I ate at Hanoi 3 Seasons in Leslieville for the first time last week and will certainly be going back! It was great! I had the shrimp & lemongrass soup: it was full of beautiful flavors and they actually give you more than 3 shrimp. My companion had the clam appetizer. Beware, if you ask for "spicy", it's going to be VERY spicy, even for spice afficianados.

Another place i like to go for Pho is Mimi's on Gerrard Street (near Logan). It's a no-frills place but the menu is very extensive, super cheap and the food is great.
A vietnamese guy replying to a comment from Angry Reader / January 10, 2010 at 02:50 pm
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Train is disgusting and if you think otherwise, you are a moron.
HHH replying to a comment from Helen / March 9, 2010 at 02:41 pm
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I totally agree with Helen. I was born and raised in Vietnam, so I know a thing or two about authentic pho. My mom obviously makes the best pho, but when I can't make it out to Mississauga, I go to Pho My Duyen. My non-vietnamese wife has been addicted to Pho Ga, even though she was a very unadventurous eater, I convince her to try pho ga by describing it as the best chicken noodle soup, ever.
HHH / March 9, 2010 at 02:44 pm
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I use to frequent Pho Xe Lua way back in the day, but stopped going to it once the Chinese owners took over. The waiters couldn't even speak Vietnamese, how good and authentic can the food be if they can't even speak the language?
C / April 8, 2010 at 11:26 am
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Does anyone know out a good Pho spot in the Yonge/St. Clair area. The only one I have found is Sprout, but the menue limited and is not what i would call a "good" pho spot. Any suggestions? Thanks
phoqueen / July 2, 2010 at 07:37 pm
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I am surprised to see Hoi 3 Seasons is not on this list.
Gi / July 9, 2010 at 05:38 pm
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Golden Turtle should not be #1
their pho is really bland

I don't understand the hate for pho hung though. Could someone please explain what is wrong with pho hung besides being *gasp* popular? ... more popular with asians than non-asians I might add.
I've eaten at most of the places recommended by the commenters here (not denying that they are pretty good recommendations), but I still prefer Pho Hung. I actually converted a relative of the owners of one of the restaurants that seems to be a favourite of the commenters here over to pho hung. He's always paranoid that he'll be spotted betraying the fam, but he still goes. Actually, now that I think of it, I've converted TWO skeptical vietnamese whose families own restaurants over to Pho Hung.

Could someone please explain what their problem is with pho hung? I've heard a lot of people shit on pho hung, but there are never any reasons given. Trying too hard to be anti-mainstream me thinks
Anon / December 13, 2010 at 06:03 pm
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Anh Dao and Pho Pasteur for me.
Helen / January 22, 2011 at 02:10 pm
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I'm from Australia where all our Pho has the thicker rice noodles, not the super thin vermicelli noodles like at Pho88.
I think the vermicelli noodles are gross, and i'm looking for a pho with the thicker noodles (soooo much tastier!).
Suggestions, anyone?
Marinio / March 10, 2011 at 10:50 am
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My fav PHO Restaurant closed down so I went on a mission to find the perfect Pho. After trying the hit and miss approach on Dundas West. I decided to google my way to Pho Bliss.

Here are my picks.

Xe Lua #1 Great Broth thick rice noodles.

Golden Turtle #2 Great soup crappy Atmosphere bunch of low life's eating soup.

Asia 21 # 3 I go here most to do location closet to my office.
the lemur replying to a comment from Helen / March 10, 2011 at 11:41 am
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I'm not positive, but I think Pho Ai My (Spadina & Sullivan) does the thicker noodles.
funny / April 9, 2011 at 05:52 pm
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i love how angry people get on the internet

i just want me some good vege pho :(
Tran / May 9, 2011 at 08:00 pm
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Pho tien thanh!
Jen / May 15, 2011 at 11:20 am
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Pho xe lua is terrible. Don't say it should be put up in the list. It's not authentic at all. I'm Vietnamese and I went in there and no one could speak to me at all. My friend called their pho and I called their vermicelli. The pho was gross and bland and they didn't even give me fish sauce with the vermicelli. It's not authentic...Plus it just looks nice. All I saw in there were people going on dates or business people. Most of the time, the best pho is in the less fancy places.
Adrian replying to a comment from Dave / May 21, 2011 at 09:41 am
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Perhaps, but it's derived from the Chinese word.
GL replying to a comment from C / May 21, 2011 at 09:54 am
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Hey C,
There is a couple of chinese/viet places down yonge st @ Woodlawn (next to Monk's Tavern) they are too bad.
Adam W / May 21, 2011 at 11:13 am
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I find Pho Hung to be extremely salty. Phoenix, in my opinion, has the best pho around. great list, though!

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Vincent / May 21, 2011 at 11:23 am
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if you're going north (finally!) for Pho Mi Asia, you should include Pho Dau Bo (finch/weston). It's better!
Pastor of Pho / May 21, 2011 at 11:50 am
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Pho Pasteur is my pick. It's not only 24 hours, it's delicious. Haven't had better yet...
Pastor of Pho / May 21, 2011 at 11:51 am
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By the way, in the Golden Turtle writeup you don't mean "inexorably," you mean "inextricably"
Sezme replying to a comment from funny / May 21, 2011 at 01:33 pm
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Yes, people get very angry that other people don't agree with them. Personally my favourite is still Pho Hung on Spadina. I've been going since they opened at their original location at the corner of Baldwin. Haven't found more flavourful broth elsewhere. In fact, most places serve quite watery broth.

I'd love for the wise commenters on this post to point me in the direction of something even better, but it seems no one can agree.

As to the comment earlier that good asian restaurants can't be full of white people. Sorry but the colour of your skin has nothing to do with how good your palate is. I've been to some restaurants full of asian people where to food was just objectively terrible. And the fact that Boston Pizza is full of white people doesn't make the food there good or authentic. It just means that there are a bunch of people sitting in a restaurant eating garbage for some reason – probably a lifetime of smoking has killed their taste buds. A better tip is to look at the other patrons, whatever their colour(s), and see if they're smiling.
Scarborough / May 21, 2011 at 08:11 pm
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Ohhwwoooooo.
Sean / May 21, 2011 at 09:50 pm
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Pho 88 in Scarborough....still legendary in my books
raien / May 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm
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I've been to 4/10 Pho places on this list (Pho Vietnam, Pho Hung, Pho Mi Asia and Peach Garden). I was hoping to dig deeper into the Vietnamese cuisine as far as Richmond Hill and Markham area where all the Asian authenticity are majority. The ones downtown are okay too but way to much MSGs are added.
rexdale replying to a comment from Vincent / May 25, 2011 at 02:54 pm
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OHH YEAH.. Dundas street in Mississauga as well.
Dan Nguyen / May 26, 2011 at 08:22 am
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Pho tien thanh should be #1 on the list. Golden turtle is alright, but shouldn't be in the top 5 IMHO.
GRA / May 27, 2011 at 01:03 pm
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All you need to know about the Ossington battle is which one has more Vietnamese eating in it. And it aint Green Turtle.
mmhmm / June 2, 2011 at 01:34 pm
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This is the worst pho list i've ever seen. Pho Hung has the worst pho I've ever tasted and it's number 2?

I personally suggest Pho Rang Dong a bit west of Dufferin on St. Clair. It has vegetarian Pho for all of the vegetarians out there and the restaurant itself is very clean with good service as well.
melissa / July 11, 2011 at 03:02 am
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You are missing the BEST one. Mimi on Gerard just east of Broadview. Family owned and run the food and the service is fantastic, the owners are genuinely kind, remember your name, and even what you like to eat. The food is fresh and tasty! Esp the Bun combos. They should be in the top 10 if not #1!
Ken / July 15, 2011 at 09:58 am
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You haven't tried PHO until you've gone to the west end. Go to Keele/Jane and Sheppard area and you'll be happy.
TNguyen / July 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm
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Visited Pho Xe Lua after seeing the good rating. Glad it’s true. We had bbq rice for lunch and pho for dinner, both very delicious. And they open until 4AM! How awesome is that? I will eat here again when in Toronto. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming entry way. The 2nd floor loft is quite spacious and nice w/ windows lining the entire wall overlooking the streets below.
Mr.S. / July 19, 2011 at 12:10 am
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Don't know if it is the best, but the food is quite good: Mimi's at 688 Gerrard just east of the main part of 'East China Town'. Flawlessly friendly family-run operation, and child-friendly should you have one. The (adult) daughter in the family remembered us by the third visit, over a span of months. Best pho we've had in that area, and better service than you find in most of Toronto.
Mr.S. replying to a comment from melissa / July 19, 2011 at 12:15 am
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You got to Mimi before I did! read your comment after I wrote mine.
Emilie / July 20, 2011 at 01:25 am
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I can't believe Pho Đầu Bò isn't on the list!!
Chris / July 29, 2011 at 01:01 am
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I have to say Pho Song Vu at Jane and Wilson is the best Pho place. I love their food, their service and environment. You should try out this place.
Phuong / September 11, 2011 at 05:36 pm
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Pho Saigon isn't very good. I live near that store and it's pho is completely bland. Across the street, is a store called Krispy Roll. Delicious. It's kind of empty though since it's hard to spot compared to Pho Saigon.
stevie replying to a comment from Ly Tan / October 11, 2011 at 04:20 pm
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ok-being white I find this one of the most tired and worn out cliches in the book-and it seems that some wag on every food blog has to say this as some kind of passive insult to everything white-(yes even white people use it)as if we like it it must be crummy-please find some more original way of phrasing this insult.-it's as tired as it gets...like the kind of PHO you think white people like
Hieu replying to a comment from stevie / January 8, 2012 at 03:33 pm
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its true tho , majority of white ppl dont know know how to use chopstics even tho they think they do nor do they know anything about "FO" , kind of like how majority of asian people don't know how to drive and are very good at mathematics
Jaime aka The Tomato Snob / January 24, 2012 at 06:24 pm
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two more great places are Pho Rang Dong on St. Clair west and Pho Dau Bo in North York also delicious!
p-Hoe Lover / February 3, 2012 at 09:33 am
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I've probably tried every vietnamese resto in the city and I think this list in insanely wrong!
Only 2 of the top 10 list make the cut for me. Tien thanh, and Pho linh.
Pho hung is just horrible, all the others are just bland or just overall bad. I find that these days i'll only go to a select few joints for some p-ho. For a golden turtle pho - I suggest you go to the location in mississauga (yes theres another called golden turtle) far superior broth, seems like the cooks know what they're doing.
The only pho dau bo i'll go to is the one up near finch and weston.
Just keeping it honest folks...the fancy looking pho shops know nothing about cooking the traditional dishes...they're marijuana farmers who have made some money and think this is a good way to wash the cash, employ family.
...Just keeping it real
AA / March 11, 2012 at 10:45 am
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Mi Mi Vietnamese (688 Gerrard St E) has got to make a top 10 list. Due to the fact that they bring sizzling hot plates that can be added to the Pho, it's tops in the city for me. Glad it's so close to work.
AC replying to a comment from Brandon / April 15, 2012 at 08:37 pm
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Pho Vietnam has really good Banh Xeo. Fresh ingredients. Large portion!
Michael / April 17, 2012 at 11:34 am
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are you kidding me? Peach Garden? I've tried it twice and have found that the broth is bland - the salad rolls were too big and cumbersome and the rice noodle overdone....

Where is Mi Mi's on this list - one of the best in the city bar none!
Terry / April 20, 2012 at 09:08 pm
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This has got to be a joke list, i googled and this came up... Few of the restaurants here i would vote for the worst. Whatever, it is important that opinion is not equal to fact. And for better real reviews go on yelp.
mahcus / May 28, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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which ever of these places don't offer ngo gai(culantro) as a standard garnish with f'ah, should also not be on the list imho.
A. Dinh / June 4, 2012 at 06:32 pm
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You know this is a for westeners list by westeners list when golden turtle is voted#1. This is sad.
SL / June 14, 2012 at 02:44 am
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Tien Thanh is by far the best on the list. A lot on this list are just horrible though. Turtle sucks, peach garden? Uh, not in my top 30 Pho in Toronto (I include jane/wilson in my toronto maps).

Pho Con Bo is good. There is a great chicken pho on St Clair West.
Benjamin / July 16, 2012 at 10:05 am
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The most kid friendly & delicious & affordable & amazing restaurant I've ever been:

Viet House -
3200 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6A 2T2
647) 346-9333

The service and food were both exceptional. They are the kindest people I have ever been waited on. And my 1 year old LOVES the rice, eggs & chicken broth. The bill for the 3 of us (my wife, my son and I) has yet to exceed $20.

We went last Sunday, we went this Sunday, and we'll probably go next Sunday.

STRONGEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!
Eric Freeth replying to a comment from jack / August 7, 2012 at 07:43 pm
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Nonsense, Those chinese think their own everything. PHO is typical Vietnamese dish nothing related to any of those fat gressy chinese food sell in chinatown.
brad / August 20, 2012 at 06:42 pm
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I like the pho dau bau chain. Theres about a dozen of them and Ive hit 5 of them up around the GTA. The Brampton one was lakcing but all the others are great and Ive gone back lots of times.
Paul replying to a comment from Adam W / August 22, 2012 at 05:58 pm
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Ditto that!
Phoenix Restaurant (Phò' Phúóng Hoàng) is my choice Restaurant too.
yummy!
Ella replying to a comment from Helen / August 24, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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Pho88 does do a thicker noodle, you just hve to ask for it.

I love Pho Tien Than, the broth is full bodied and I've eaten a lot of Pho, it's a great hangover cure!
Ella replying to a comment from funny / August 24, 2012 at 02:34 pm
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Pho Tien Than does an amazing Hue style veg pho that is not on their menu, lots of tofu an vegetable. My boyfriend who is not a vegetarian orders this all the time and loves it.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm
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which ever of these places don't offer ngo gai(culantro) as a standard garnish with f'ah, should also not be on the list imho.
Viet guy / November 7, 2012 at 07:53 am
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I can't believe Phở Metro in Scarborough didn't make the cut. It's one of the better restaurants in the East end. The soup brooth is tasty plus the waitress there is quite hot.

Here is my if you're looking for authentic Vietnamese Pho:

1. Phở Linh
2. Phở Tien Thanh
3. Phở Metro

Many of the other restaurant should not be on the list (ie Pho Saigon - bland & overpriced). Again, it's a matter of personal taste. Some white folks like the bland taste at Pho Hung probably this is what they're used to. I don't judge. Being Viet, my taste palette is much broader.
Ernesto / April 18, 2013 at 07:09 am
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I think what you said made a bunch of sense.
But, what about this? suppose you typed a catchier title?
I am not saying your content is not good, but what if you added a post title to
possibly get folk's attention? I mean The Best Pho in Toronto is a little vanilla. You might glance at Yahoo's home page and watch how they
create article titles to grab viewers to click.
You might try adding a video or a pic or two to get people interested about what you've got to say. Just my opinion, it might bring your posts a little bit more interesting.
Alex Tran replying to a comment from shaun / May 5, 2013 at 01:09 am
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I was born and raised in Hanoi so I could definitely make the authentic spring rolls here like the one you tasted in Vietnam. I am so busy for school so I have never tried to make it, but I have practiced making it several times with my Mom since I was still at home in Hanoi. It is true that there are some ingredients that cannot be found in Canada that makes a huge difference to the flavor. Together with Pho, it is our national food. Sadly almost all the restaurants here don't know how to make it the way it is.
itsme / May 30, 2013 at 06:05 am
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what caught my eyes in this article is the photo of Golden Turtle bowl of pho. Having eating pho for 55years of my life I've never seen a bowl of pho like that!!! What are in that bowl, tomatoes and cantaloup? That is for sure looking strange, sure is a bad choice of photo. I am from southern California visiting and looking for a good bowl of pho in TO, and despite of many posts favoring this Golden Turtle place, I know I am not going there. The writer doesnt have a Vietnamese name, the bowl of pho doesnt look anything like pho. Sorry GT fans, I dont see how that can be authentic.
Patrick / October 15, 2013 at 02:09 pm
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Ok so I have eaten lots of Pho in many of the places listed and more. But I got a new job up at Weston Road, North of hwy 7 and found this place called Pho Real. (it's at 8099 Weston Road, just a few blocks north of #7... faces Jevlan Drive)

It was the most expensive Pho at 11.50 for a large... but the place was really clean and nice and the attention to detail was there and the service was great. And the best Pho I ever had!!!

Seriously, the broth was clear and tasty... the tenderloin was seasoned perfectly, and I do not think they use MSG (no headache, no sleepiness) The service is so friendly too.

I ate alone and the place was empty. Some dudes walked in and said 'how is it'. I said 'most expensive but the best pho I ever had'. So they stayed. 20 minutes later, buddy says, you are right it is expensive... but the best pho ever!

I swear this Pho is chef'ed, not cooked. Went a few times more. Went with a friend and ordered some salad rolls and the shrimps were fresh and perfectly cooked, and larger sized ... and properly cleaned!!! Went another time and tried these crispy seafood spring rolls ... which oddly enough have pork in them with the seafood... but it is Birkshire Pork... fancy Pork and really delicious. Had the mango salad and wow... so fresh and refreshing!!! Hoping to try more of their food soon.

Just went today for pho and it was amazing again. The place is not busy, and I fear they will close down if the word does not get out.

Please try this place if you are up in the area or feel like a drive. I noticed they close at 9pm, but not sure if that's every night.

Seems others on the net agree with me as I saw other reviews. Saw one that said best and most expensive pho... not my review... maybe the guys who were there the first time.

They are not listed on Google Maps, but next time I go, I will set them up. Love to see this place succeed, and help elevate Vietnamese food.

It's an Italian neighbourhood, so they should have called it "Pho-get-about-it" to drum up business.

And I do I hate to do it but... Pho Real? It is for real!!!
Brief rant / October 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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Way inaccurate. Readers poll blah blah blah. Tien thanh easily number one. Hanoi 3 seasons number 2. Golden turtle shouldn't even make the list. Keep trying keep getting disappointed. The only reason they win this poll is because they are on the ossington strip and have a patio. There placement has zero to do with their pho
Dan / October 26, 2013 at 02:24 pm
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Thumbs up - Pho Huong. Pacific and Dundas, give it a try!
Svea / October 27, 2013 at 08:22 am
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Mi Mi Restaurant
688 Gerrard St E.... The best hands down!! Best cold rolls you will EVER taste!!
Larry / November 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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The fact that Golden Turtle is on this list as number one is a joke. Fking GLs (gwai los).
steve / May 9, 2014 at 02:03 pm
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The Fact Kim Po didn't make it on this list is shameful. Save yourself the trouble searching and just go there. Amazing.
Steve / July 5, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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Check out Bach Yen if you haven't: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/bach-yen-toronto
Joe Shmoe / September 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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Caramel coloured, Salty (msg) hot water with cheap rice noodles - a few paper thin shreds of beef and a few strands of vegetables for decoration.

all for a paltry $7

does this sound about right?


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