The food at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro is a notch above its Ottawa competitors, and closer to the food we experienced during a trip through Vietnam a couple of years back. The broth in the pho is delicious, flavored with Star Anise which some other restaurants seem to lack. The Bun Bo Hue (Beef Noodle soup from central Vietnam) has a thick beefy broth, fatter noodles than pho, and has generous pieces of beef brisket and Vietnamese sausage. It's a filling soup, and would be perfect on a cold winter day. The spring rolls were delicious, but far and away our favorite appetizer is the Banh Xeo, large crispy crepes with shrimp and pork. You tear off a piece, wrap these in lettuce, add some fresh mint and basil, and dip into the fabulous dipping sauce: out of this world! It perplexes me that these aren't on the menu in every Vietnamese restaurant.
On two visits so far we have yet to order a dish that did not delight us, and this is now our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Ottawa. It's a small, modest place (some people might remember it as the location of the Golden Turtle resto) and the first two times we visited the lineup was out the door, and we decided to try again. Mistake: it's worth the wait. Both times we did get in we noted that the majority of clientele appeared to be Vietnamese, which is usually a good sign.
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