I live way up north in a 'pho-wasteland'. As such, sometimes I need to drive all the way to either Finch west or even downtown for a 'great' pho fix!
Located in First Markham Place is VIP Vietnamese Restaurant. I noticed its existance for quite a while now. However, skeptical about its quality and authenticity due to its location in a Chinese Mall, I have always passed it by. Yesterday, my son commented that this VIP place is his favourite pho place and that I should give it a try. So today, I did! And I am glad!
I ordered a bowl of pho with rare beef, well-done brisket and beef balls. The meat portion was very generous and the rare beef was still 'rare' upon reaching my table. The noodle was cooked just a touch over al -dente, which I liked. As for the 'pretty dense' broth, it was extremely tasty, full of strong meat and bone flavour and at the same time with just the right aroma and taste of star anise and other spices.
All in all, a very satisfying and delicious bowl of pho. Now, I can save on gasoline!!!
BTW, I noticed they have the 'rare offering' of the famous Vietnamese dish - Beef 7 ways! May be I'll give that a try down the road?!