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Do you know what broken rice is? It’s when uncooked rice gets bashed around until all you’re left with is little nubs of rice, which you can then use to make rice noodles.. At least, that’s what I think it is. It also happens to be the name of the pho restaurant that we went to in December!

Located in North Burnaby in the Heights area, the restaurant’s exterior decor was quite modern with a faux-brick edifice, dark wood accents, and back-lit sign.  The interior continued the dark wood accents, and contained some “nice pictures.” One of our members even remarked upon the wideness of the seats, which, obviously, aids in the consumption of more pho.

Nice pictures.

The service was attentive, and the menu contained some “interesting fusion items”, including duck confit sliders, cassava fries, and featured regular specialties. The spring rolls were very crispy, the beef carpacio was tender and came in a flavorful garlic shallot sauce. Overall, everything was made with good quality ingredients. But, alas, we are not here for the side items, we’re here for the pho!

The pho came very well-presented, and had pretty good portions. There was also a good amount of beef slices, which were all good quality. Noodles were firm, and the broth was flavorful, but came with too much MSG, which really affected its score.

The sides came on one giant plate. The usuals were there: cilantro, sour leaf, basil, lime, and sprouts. It was notable that sauces did not come in the big bottles that you usually see either.

Here’s our review of the pho!

Regular Sm: $7 Lg:  $8
Beef: good quality and portion
Noodles: firm
Broth: good flavor, but too much MSG
Presentation: 4 out of 4

Overall: 7 out of 10

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