Finding a Vietnamese beef noodle shop in the suburbs can be difficult, and it would seem running one can be equally difficult. Pho Tan on Kingsway in Burnaby has taken over what was once Pho Saigon.
Structured like a house — Pho Tan sits pushed back on a lot. Rickety stairs with peeling paint lead up to a squeaky, wood framed glass door. Pho Tan remains much of the same on the inside but has had a mini face lift. New paint and tables add life to what was once a stale room.
(Above: Cafe Sua Da, Iced Vietnamese Coffee with Condensed Milk.)
We ordered two beef noodle soups with everything: rare beef, beef tripe and beef balls. Plus one iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. The soup was decent: the broth tasted freshly made, but did not stew long enough for all of the flavours to come together. The noodles were overcooked and several pieces of beef were dry. The iced coffee was only ok.
(Above: Number 1 on the Menu — everything including the kitchen sink.)
Our bill including taxes and tips came to just under $22 which isn’t too shabby for Burnaby. Overall, it was an underwhelming experience, so our search for good beef noodle soup in the burbs continues.
Perfect for: Last minute beef noodle emergency.
6516 Kingsway, Burnaby
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