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“Cheap food - cheap quality”

Pho Express Ankor Noodle House
Ranked #1,249 of 3,914 Restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Neighborhood: Robson Street
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Neighborhood: Robson Street
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Since I was already in that area, today I was in the mood to try some food in Vancouver’s West End. So I went to one of the small restaurants in the Robson Street, close to Denman Street. The name indicated Thai and Vietnamese food, but most of the offered dishes were Vietnamese cuisine. I ordered fried squid (as it was written in the menu, but the service person who was also cooking called it calamari) and Lemon Grass Chicken, Pork Chop, Egg, Shredded Pork with Rice. The served tea was pretty tasty and also the water tasted surprisingly better than most water I got in other restaurants. The atmosphere was good, it was not a big restaurant, and it seemed that it was managed by a family. The decoration in the room was a wild mix from everything (Thai, Western, Chinese,…) and didn’t fit so much to the served food.
The fried squid was good. I appreciated that they didn’t put salt on it. So everybody could salt it as they wish. Only the sweet chilli sauce that was served with the shrimps didn’t fit to that dish at all.
The main course looked good. But also here the sauce was not that what I usually got served to it. It didn’t have the typical taste. That sauce seemed rather to be mixed up from some sweet chilli sauce with a bit of vinegar. So was the taste of the entire dish not so great. And despite the picture in the menu shoed two eggs, it was served only one. Nevertheless, the size of the serving was good. Tthe pork chop and the lemon grass chicken were not bad. The shredded pork just looked ok, but was completely tasteless; disappointing. Only the price was pretty good for a downtown area restaurant and the size of the serving.
I really ate already much better Vietnamese food at other places. Perhaps here the saying is valid too: Cheap price – cheap quality…. This restaurant gets only 2.5.

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Reviewed April 23, 2014

My wife and I ate dinner at Pho Express and found the food and atmosphere excellent. The restaurant makes Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian dishes. We had Vietnamese salad rolls with peanut sauce (cha gio), and a bowl each of rice vermicelli combo (Vietnamese salad bowls, BUN). One bowl had grilled marinated lemon grass pork with spring rolls in it and the other had grilled shrimp with spring rolls. All the food was presented very well and tasted great. We couldn't eat it all. Service was outstanding. This place a must!

Ed K.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Honest food ? Yes, my wife is vegetarian and the waiter did not conceal the fact that most veggie dishes had non veg sauce of some kind. Whenever we picked a veg dish, he would shoot it down ! That’s a 10 on 10 in my book. My wife settled for the Phad Thai and some veg spring rolls, while I ordered Vietnamese shrimp rolls, and Fish ball Pho.
I must say that this place serves very healthy food, no oil and absolutely fresh veggies, amazing stuff !
This place serves, Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian and Chinese. Very popular with the locals. Do check it out. Evenings could be crowded.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

If you're looking for something not too complicated, low fat and house made, this is a decent spot. Their meat is well marinated, vegetables are fresh. But there's no innovation here. It's your typical run of the mill viet restaurant.

Enjoyed, but won't go back.

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