Review: Pho at Cao Van

by gigi on July 17, 2007

I went to Cao Van Pho for a quick and cheap dinner the other day. It was so hot that day that I just wanted to eat somewhere quickly and get it over with. :) Jenkins and I come here pretty often so I think the owners kind of recognize us now and are usually pretty nice and speedy.

It’s always nice to go to a restaurant and know exactly what you want. For me, I chose the No. 1 small, which was basically the “special” Vietnamese beef noodle soup, which comes with beef balls, tendon, tripe, fatty flank, and steak. It may sound sketchy but this tastes very good and is my favourite pho dish to order.

cao van pho

It came with a healthy serving of blanched bean sprouts, thai basil, and a wedge of lime. I dunked most of this into my pho while the soup was still piping hot.

cao van pho

Jenkins had his favourite dish: rice vermicelli with grilled lemongrass chicken, bean sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, and fried onions. This was very filling and came with more than enough grilled chicken to go with the noodles. One good thing about this place is that they are very generous with the meat included in the dishes unlike other places that leave you wishing for more. :)

cao van pho

As if this wasn’t enough food already, Jenkins and I also shared a Vietnamese sub that came with some mixed veggies and lemongrass grilled chicken. It was the same type of chicken that came with Jenkins’ noodles.
cao van pho

This meal was pretty satisfying for us. As far as Pho places go, this is one of the cleaner ones and the service is pretty fast and efficient. It is tucked away at 8191 Saba Road in Richmond across from the Richmond Public Market and is a bit difficult to find.

150-8191 Saba Rd, Richmond
Tel: 604-231-0750

Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:2.5]
Price: $

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