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It’s been a while since we had gotten an official pholicious meeting, and what better reason than celebrating Saint Paddy’s day? My request for green pho, was ignored. We wanted to revisit Lan Anh Quán in Vancouver on Victoria and 34th, but it turns out they were closed! Instead we hit up Lam Hoa Quan across the street.

Neon..

Neon..

Arriving on a lazy Saturday morning, our crew took up a couple of tables along the side. The interior had a definite “cozy” and eclectic feel, with one TV tuned perpetually to comedies, and a second TV perpetually turned.. off. The menus were a bit beat up, although there were nicer versions of the menus underneath the table glass. It was notable that all dry vermicelli dishes had an extra $1 cost.

Eclectic!

Eclectic!

Service was only “okay”. The tea came “tepid, like Beansproutpho” in a teapot that was noticeably dirty. The tea, unfortunately (or fortunately?) didn’t get refilled. But, my dear phollowers, you know that we’re not here for the decor, or even the tea. We’re here for the pho!

Dirty teapot!

Dirty teapot!

The pho came in only one size, and it was of an average size for most pho portions. The presentation had a cut-up piece of ginger on top, which was not appreciated by everyone. There were only a few small pieces of well-done flank and meat slices, which were of soso quality. Much of the meat was minced, in a northern Vietnamese style, but wasn’t particularly liked by many of our members. The meat balls were merely “okay,” and the noodles came in a clump at the bottom of the bowl, although they still spread apart and didn’t break up. The broth was a bit sour, and didn’t have the usual beefy smell, or flavour.

Minced meat

Minced meat

The sides included limes, chillies and purple onions. The spring rolls came with large floury globs, although orange juice was good and fresh.

Floury spring rolls

Floury spring rolls

Here’s our review of the pho!

One size: $7.45
Beef: mostly minced, with small pieces of so-so quality beef slices and flank
Noodles: clumpy
Broth: not very flavourful, a bit sour, average MSG
Presentation: 1 out of 4

Overall: 6.5 out of 10
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