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We wanted to pick somewhere nice as it was one of our member’s (Minipho) birthday.  Spices on Cambie is one of the nicest decorated Vietnamese restaurants in town.  We held a meeting here a few years ago and it made quite the impression.  It has a modern-looking decor- deep red colored walls, lots of black and white photos in ornate frames, dark wood floors.  Needless to say, it probably has the nicest ambiance for a Vietnamese restaurant in Vancouver.

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The restaurant looked very crowded when we arrived for a late lunch.  The service was still very prompt and friendly.  The menu had a good selection… and as you can see in the pictures- they serve sandwiches!  The sandwiches, however, are only available during lunch.

They only had one size for the pho, which ranged from $6.45 to $7.25.  The portion was a bit bigger than an average small bowl.  The quality of the beef was very good- tender, marbled, and tendons were huge!  The noodles were thicker than usual.  They were also inconsistent- some were al dente, some were clumpy.  The broth is clearer in color; it’s light but very flavorful.  One complaint is that it was not hot enough.  One of our members found a surprise in his pho- plastic!!  Overall, we gave it a 7– the taste was a bit above average but you’re paying more for the ambiance.

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We hardly ever get to desserts but they kept recommending the fried banana with ice cream, so we decided to get one to share.  It was well worth it!  Here’s a picture of it… it tasted better than it looks 😛

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