I know, I know.... I should have known better, but I was tired, at a loss, and it was on my path home. Now, I've been there before, having had only the banh mi. The banh mi are not bad, not as good as the banh mi at Rose Vietnamese Sandwiches (601 Gerrard St E), but quite passable. Anyway, I thought that the perfect-pick-me-up this evening would be a pho. I ordered the rare beef pho (#21?). My first impression was the overwhelming, mouth-numbing, one dimensional salinity of the broth. My second impression was that the noodles were a single, knotted mass. I literally picked up most of the noodles in one go, as a single mass. My third impression was that the rare beef was, well, not rare, but completely boiled through to an unappealing grey. I can deal with the overcooked beef, but a bad broth breaks the deal. My fourth impression was that I should have walked another 40m and bought a not bad Polish sausage from the cart around the corner, at half the price.
Go for the banh mi, do not stay for the pho.
My downtown go-to remains Pho Tien Thanh at 57 Ossington Ave. (sadly, not on my way home), where the pho is cheap, delicious, and has an interesting array of choices (e.g., tendon!).