I met up with a new friend at Joyeaux Cafe recently since it was the mid-point between our offices. They had good reviews so I had high expectations for them. Sadly they weren’t met, especially after my great experience at Red Pagoda.
The interior was a bit dark and the decor was dated but the high ceilings made it feel extra spacious. The walls are covered with photos of the menu items and the menu is extensive and consists of the usual pho, vermicelli and rice options as well as breakfast options, lunch specials and vegetarian specials. Read more
My colleagues and I all headed over to Red Pagoda for a Friday lunch recently. Located in the Coal Harbour area, it’s slightly hidden away behind a building on Thurlow and Pender. However, it’s popular with the office lunch crowd.
Cold chilly days means it’s a good time for pho! I saw that Green Lemongrass had pretty good reviews and it has a nice ring to it so I thought we’d give them a go. We went to their Kensington location which is in the same plaza as Dai Tung.
The usual bean sprouts and basil for your pho. Read more
Phnom Penh takes reservations for groups of 6 or more so we only waited for 10 mins or so to get a seat which is pretty good considering the hoards of people there for lunch! As usual, it looks pretty hectic in there but service was really fast. Gotta keep that turnover rate up!
One of their most popular items is the Filet Beef Luc Lac on Rice and you can add an egg for $1 or it could be $1.50… The beef is really smooth and the sauce goes well with the rice. It’s actually not my favourite item here though but it is super popular and a lot of people get it
This was one of their Dry Mixed Noodle bowls forgot what was in it… shrimp and Vietnamese pork on rice noodles? I didn’t try this but it looked good.
This was the Stewed Beef with Rice Noodles in soup. It came with carrots and the soup had a tomato/carrot flavour to it. The beef brisket was soft and flavourful from the soup. It’s not really my type of soup though so I wouldn’t get it again.
And now for the Marinated Butter Beef! This is also a must order item here if you didn’t know already! The beef is lightly seared and there’s a lot of cilantro and I believe balsamic vinegar and it just tastes really good mixed up! You get a lot of the cilantro flavour with the tender beef and the acidity from the vinegar is refreshing. I could probably eat this whole plate all by myself!
Finally we can’t forget about the FAMOUS CHICKEN WINGS!!! I’m a huge chicken wing fan and you just can’t go wrong with these. They’re just so crisp and well seasoned and the lemon salt concoction they provide as a dip is really good too. I’m sure I can also devour a whole plate of these…
Overall another delicious meal here with no complaints. Check out my previous post here where I also tried some deep fried frog legs! ;)
My friend and I decided to pop over to Crackle Creme one block over and share an Earl Grey creme brule! They have a lot of flavours now and they all seem equally enticing! I still have so many to try 8)
I love that it’s torched right in front of you and the top makes that satisfying crack as you dig in. The creme brule was bursting with Earl Grey flavour and it was just a heavenly treat.
I had read some reviews for Mr. Red Cafe and seen lots of great pictures so I convinced my co workers to go with me. We love trying new restaurants! Mr. Red Cafe specializes in Northern Vietnamese cuisine and I wanted to see what that was like but I don’t have much to compare it to.
We had the Special Sticky Rice with mung bean, pate, pickled carrots, dried squid and shredded chicken. The rice was nice and chewy and had a bit of flavour from the banana leaf? The mix of ingredients was interesting too but I think I would’ve liked it better if it was mixed in like fried rice. The dish was smaller than I imagined though. I like how the food is served on the woven straw mat instead of a plate.
I had a craving for banh mi sandwiches and I had heard a lot about Au Petit Cafe so that’s where we went for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. There was a small line up and we waited about 20 mins before we got a table. The interior is not very big and we ended up seated right next to the cash register counter.
We started with a Shrimp Salad Roll. The peanut sauce was really good and the salad roll had large pieces of shrimp. I’m not a fan of salad rolls though since it feels like I’m eating salad with peanut sauce. But otherwise it was alright.
This was the Banh Mi with house made ham, house made meat balls, vegetables and hot peppers. You also have the option of not getting any hot peppers. We got one sandwich with hot peppers and one without.
The meat ball had a really soft texture almost like it wasn’t cooked but it was and it was nicely marinated.
We also shared the Banh Mi with shredded Vietnamese pork, vegetables and hot peppers. Compared to the first sandwich, I missed the meat ball! The shredded pork wasn’t that flavourful. The bread was still the same crunchy toasted baguette though. It also wasn’t too hard to eat but if you leave it for too long the bread will get harder. The hot peppers weren’t really that hot to me but I like spicy things.
While I was there I noticed that a lot of people were getting take out and they also had a lot of phone calls for take out as well. That’s a good option if you don’t want to wait! Overall I was satisfied with their sandwiches and they were so cheap and filling!
My family had a spontaneous lunch the other day and we decided to go for pho. It’s been quite a while since my last visit to Thai Son but I had always liked it. It’s located near the end of Alexandra road and Garden City. It’s near the House of Tofu Soup which I still haven’t been to . Due to its location on the second floor, you might miss it.
When I say we’re going for pho, I usually get something without the soup. Yes I’m weird like that. This is the Grilled Skewered Pork with Spring Rolls on Vermicelli. I wanted this dish because it came with two spring rolls and my family doesn’t like ordering spring rolls. Yay more for me? The pork was cut into smaller pieces, presumably because they were skewered beforehand. It had a nice sweet taste with some slight smoky flavour. The spring rolls were perfectly hot and crunchy on the outside while the filling inside was flavourful. Of course it all went well with the sweet sauce that came with this dish (I can drink that stuff!). There were a lot of noodles too and underneath the noodles was more lettuce and bean sprouts. Unfortunately the bean sprouts were raw and I would have liked it if they were cooked first. I like that there was some of everything in here!
My brother had the large Pho with Rare Beef and Tripe. After looking at this picture again, I realized that there was a lot of oil floating on top… o___O I also found the broth to be too salty. Noodles were good though. My dad had the cooked beef version of this so I won’t include the picture.
Thai Son has quite a few locations now and I’m not sure if the salty broth was a one time thing but we still enjoyed our food here. Prices are fair and it’s also clean too.