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“Not Big on Ambiance but will satisfy your appetite”
Review of Pho Japolo

Pho Japolo
Ranked #76 of 378 Restaurants in North Vancouver
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Restaurant details
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not Big on Ambiance but will satisfy your appetite”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

On cold Vancouver days when the rain won't stop falling, take a chance and try a bowl of pho at Pho Japolo in North Vancouver. The restaurant sits on Marine Drive between Denny's and Earl's, and a lot of people would probably pick one of the other two restaurants before trying Pho, but it's well worth taking a chance on this restaurant. Pho is Vietnamese soup noodles that come in a richly flavored beef broth. Most of the pho comes with a choice of different selections of beef from flank steak to brisket to meat balls, and if you want to really explore the more authentic versions of the soup, try the beef tendon or tripe, beef stomach. The tendon is very tender and has a fairly soft texture. The pho is hard to pass on at this restaurant, but I have also discovered that the Banh Mi sandwiches are delectable. Served on an oven toasted french roll, the sandwiches are served warm, and there are three or 4 different choices. I like the lemon grass chicken best. The meat is tender and tasty, and the combination of the pickled veggies with the meat and the crunch of the roll.... Really, really good. I've gone to Pho Japaolo for years now, and I finally broke down and tried one of their rice plates. I had the marinated pork chop and lemon grass chicken combo with rice. So simple yet so tasty and satisfy. You can get out of this restaurant extremely full and satisfied for about $10. How many places can you go to in Vancouver and make that claim?

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Betty D
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English first
Sudbury, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Great eat close to capsilano bridge!”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We were famished walking around capsilano for over two hours so we didn't have too much time to look around so we were lucky to land here. The dishes were tasty and prices very reasonable. Every single dish ordered tasted good. The grilled chicken dish was done well and meat was moist. The spring rolls were average. And pho was done right... Not overly salty. Would come back anytime for lunch!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank TravelBugsEB
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North Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
255 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“Great Pho! Good Value too.”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Great pho requires great broth and this place has really good broth. The meats or seafoods, as well as the noodles, are perfectly cooked + the vegetables perfectly crunchy. I pick up to take home on my way from work. The spring rolls, salad rolls and grilled chicken are also delicious, served in plentiful portions at very reasonable prices.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank CEA1
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Happy Valley, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Food and service excellent!!!!”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

No dislike whatsoever. The people working there were very friendly and accomodating. The food was excellent.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Maria F
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North Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Surf Shack Vietnamese”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

I love Vietnamese food as I find it to be one of the healthier and yet delicious asian food styles we are lucky to have here in Vancouver. I used to live in Tacoma, Washington and they have an even larger proportionate Vietnamese population and this is where I fell in love with the cooking.

I think this restaurant is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver, and I have tried many including soem of the much more popular downtown restaurants (with their higher walk by traffic).

The surf shack decor may put off some people, but to me its a an awesome display of character to have left it as is (maybe just convenient, but I don't care) and I hope you don't ever change it.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Stephen C
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