The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Toronto
The best Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto are reason enough to bow your head, if only to make it easier when slurping up silky noodles from bowls of fragrant broth. The culinary gifts are hardly limited to pho - the most famous dish is just the tip of the iceberg. There's fresh and fried rolls, grilled specialties, savoury pancakes, rice cakes and a rainbow of fruit smoothies. As long as you like cilantro, there's a whole lot to love.
Here are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto.
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This Ossington eatery has developed a cult following for its deep bowls of steaming broth balanced with noodles, beef and all the essential accents (fresh herbs, sprouts, scallions). Line-ups at peak times are not uncommon, but service is assuredly fast so tables turn over quickly. More »
Two east-side locations (in Leslieville and East Chinatown) specialize in North Vietnamese dishes. Standouts on the menu are seafood dishes like the Bun Canh Tom Hanoi ($7.50), a lemongrass-tamarind soup with spicy shrimp, or grilled fish preparations like Cha Ca ($11), a Hanoi-style grouper with dill and shrimp paste. More »
The non-pho dishes are the way to go at this cash-only spot in Brockton Village. Veer from the usual vermicelli and opt instead for the banh cuon, thin sheets of steamed fermented rice batter delicately wrapped around pork. More »
Rivalling its Golden neighbour up the street, this cash-only operation has built its own loyal following hungry for plump cold rolls and long, thin fried rolls. Among the menu favourites is the Pho Dac Biet ($6.50-$8.50) loaded with the classic combination of rare beef, flank, tripe, tendon and beef balls. More »
This Scarborough noodle house is popular for more than just pho. The menu lists congee, rice dishes and bun (vermicelli), including options with soft shell crab ($9) or curry duck ($8.50). Wash it all down with noteworthy jackfruit or avocado shakes ($4). More »
This Chinatown institution is a go-to for silky rice noodles dunked in hearty bowls of broth and loaded with rare and well-done beef, tripe and tendon ($4-$10). Not to be missed are the fruit smoothies ($3.50-$4.50) and desserts like Che 3 Mau ($3.50), a tri-coloured drink with red kidney beans, mung beans and jelly. More »
While it won't win any awards for ambience, this cornerstone of Vietnamese eats on College has been serving up a solid menu for over 15 years. While selection is somewhat limited, vegetarians should take note that this place is quite accommodating - there are soups ($7-$9), spring rolls ($4.50) and stir-fries ($7.50-$10) all made meat-free. More »
Bean sprouts, lime wedges and handfuls of fresh herbs come on the side for self-assembly when you order pho at this noodle house in North York. Select the famous beef broth noodles ($3.50-$9) with an array of add-ons like rosy rare beef, soft tendon, meatballs or brisket, or opt instead for steamed rice dishes ($7-$9) topped with shredded pork, pork chops or grilled chicken. More »
When looking for a taste of Hanoi in The Junction, this spot is a favourite for its unique broth loaded generous portions of proteins. While the menu dabbles in pan-Asian cuisine, stick to the delicious vermicelli soups with duck and dry bamboo shoots ($9), or sliced pork, knuckle and crab claw ($9). More »
Locations in Scarborough and Ajax serve quintessential noodle bowls, though there's more on the menu to love than just vermicelli. From the grill, try Vietnamese pork sausage ($4.50 for three pieces) with shrimp paste on sugar cane ($6.50/2 pieces), or opt for banh xeo ($8.50), savoury pancakes with shrimp and pork that are served exclusively as a special on weekends. More »
In addition to the traditional beef noodle soups, this East York eatery notably does a chicken broth rendition ($7) that comes swimming with tangles of noodles, mixed vegetables, golden fried tofu and a scattering of fresh herbs and onions. More »
Arm yourself with a chopsticks in one hand and a spoon in the other to enjoy steaming bowls of pho at this Vietnamese eatery on Bloor West. Among the menu favourites is the Pho Ba Vien ($6.25-$7.25), a fragrant rich broth containing slippery translucent noodles, beef balls and fresh herbs. More »