Restaurants & Bars

Pho Gizmo - vancouver

toutefrite | May 26, 200805:50 AM

Strange name, open 3 months. The signage is the typical Vietnamese restaurant type, promising yet another generic rather depressing converted office space interior, but you walk in and blink in surprise at the vivid stripes that arc over you. Lime green, red, white chairs and tables. Sparse but clean. I only tried the grilled pork bun (vermicelli), but was impressed. Thick, flavorful pieces of pork, not the hammered out, jerky-type pieces of flesh often encountered, and perfectly charred as it should be. The sauce was not balanced to my taste (too sweet, not enough acidity), but was happy anyway. The julienned vegetables were not incidental, garnish portions. Run by a really nice, young couple from Vietnam. Their selection of beef stews is what I will be going back for. So nothing earth shattering, but easily missed, and worth a stop if you are craving vietnamese and in the neighborhood of King Ed and Oak Street (beside the Safeway).

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