Montreal's story is best told by the cultures which have come to represent and define our rich cultural heritage. That said, we all know that the Vietnamese community holds a very important place in the cultural fabric of our city. And - as usual, wherever people go, they bring along their cultural heritage with them.
Pho - and other delightful Vietnamese dishes - can easily be found at one of the many Vietnamese restaurants in our city. Yes, Montrealers LOVE their Pho. Every sip brings an exciting mix of flavors: it's warm, savory, a little sweet, a touch sour - but most importantly, it always hits the spot. Especially on those chilly winter nights.
Nothing warms the heart and soul quite like a comforting bowl of Pho. Like natures Gatorade, that natural chicken grease makes for an amazingly hydrating and nourishing hangover meal. If you love Pho, read on to find out more about the key spots to check out in and around the city!
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Pho Nguyen Phi
Where: 6260 Chemin De La Cotes Des Neiges // Cotes-Des-Neiges
Why you should go: Cotes Des Neiges is known for it's abundance of Vietnamese restaurants. Some places stand out from the rest of the crowd, though. Nguyen Phi is one of them.
Pho Nam Quan
Where: 3562 Jarry East // Villeray
Why you should go: Always delivering fragrant and authentic Pho, Nam Quan is a staple amongst Pho lovers of the East part of town. Stop in for a quick, affordable and satisfying meal.
Pho Bang New York
Where: 1001 Saint-Laurent // China Town
Why you should go: So much value for your money here. Pho Bang New York has standardized Pho, the experience is consistent every time, and service is lightening fast.
Restaurant Pho Tay Ho
Where: 6414 Rue Saint-Denis // Rosemont
Why you should go: This spot is not only serves up some of the tastiest and fragrant Pho in the city, the interior is equally as pleasant and inviting. The portions are generous and you will always leave satisfied with a satisfied plump belly.
Restaurant Pho Bac
Where: 1016 Saint Laurent // China Town
Why you should go: For those who think Pho Bang New York is a little overrated and overcrowded head across the street to Pho Bac for an equally satisfying bowl of warm and succulent Pho.
Restaurant Hoai Hung
Where: 5485 Vitoria Avenue // Cotes-Des-Neiges
Why you should go: Take a small trip out to Victoria Avenue to have one of the tastiest bowls of Pho in the city. Hoai Huong has been in the same spot for over 25 years. Unsurprisingly, the food never disappoints it's loyal patrons.
Restaurant Dong Que
Where: 1210 Rosemont Boulevard // Rosemont
Why you should go: Dong Que is a little East-side gem. Serving up traditional Pho the way it was meant to be made with all the satisfying and comforting flavours you'd expect from a bowl of Pho.
Where: 5703 Chemin De La Cote Des Neiges // Cote-Des-Neiges
Why you should go: Pho Lien is a Montreal staple for all things Vietnamese, especially Pho. Obviously. If the crazy line-up isn't evidence to the quality of the soup, wait until you try it yourself.
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Where: 1452 Saint Mathieu // Guy Concordia
Why you should go: Pho Nguyen is the staple Pho spot on Concordia Campus. For less than 10 bucks you get a steaming bowl of hot n delicious Pho that never disappoints.
Where: 6576 Saint Laurent // Little Italy
Why you should go: It's difficult to change people's perceptions of a certain type of food. For Montrealers, Pho - and Vietnamese food - is consistently served in the same low-maintenance environment. CAFEDEN has stood out by elevating classic Vietnamese dishes, while also serving them in a unique contemporary space.
Restaurant Pho Thanh-Long
Where: 103 Saint Catherine East // Downtown
Why you should go: Piping hot, aromatic and always meaty, some people swear by the Pho from Thanh-Long. Located right downtown near Berri-Uquam it's the perfect spot for a quick lunch or dinner.
Restaurant Sao Sao
Where: 7209 Boulv Taschereau // South Shore
Why you should go: For those who live a little further south, this is the Pho spot to check out. Sao Sao serves some of the best Pho south of Sherbrooke.
Restaurant My Canh
Where: 1086 Saint Laurent // China Town
Why you should go: When the Pho cravings hit hard, head to My Canh in China Town. Serving some authentic Vietnamese delights, the Pho broth at this place always hits the spot.
Where: 223 Saint-Catherine East // Downtown
Why you should go: This spot is located right near Berri-Uqam and is a go-to for all the student in the area. The Pho is classic and will always leave you feeling comforted and satisfied.
Banh Xeo Ming
Where: 1308 Rue Belanger // Villeray
Why you should go: This Rosemont gem serves up traditional savory rice-flour pancakes Banh Xeo, which literally means "sizzling cake" in Vietnamese. They also serve Pho, of course. Bring the whole family to enjoy.
Where: 7058 Rue Saint Hubert // Petite-Patrie
Why you should go: This spot specializes in Bun Mam, a type of thick and fermented Vietnamese soup bursting with flavour. They do also serve Pho and all the other usual suspects. But why not be adventurous and try something different!
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Pho Restaurant Sen Veng
Where: 5690 Victoria Avenue // Cotes-Des-Neiges
Why you should go: Pho-lovers everywhere need to take a short trip to Victoria avenue, a hidden corner of the city bursting with amazing family-run joints for you to feast and discover. Serving beautiful traditional dishes, Pho Seng Vang is definitely one you should make an effort to stop by.
Where: 9460 Boulv Acadie // Ahuntsic
Why you should go: This spot is located a little further North, but feels like it's worth the trip. Usually the best spots are. The lunch crowd of the area always keeps it packed.
Where: 4690 Notre Dame West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: Tran Cantine is the hipsterized version of the classic hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese joint. All the same traditional deliciousness you would expect, however with a more appealing millennial-friendly type-face and packaging.
Where: 886 Decarie Boulevard // Ville Saint Laurent
Why you should go: For some authentic and classic Vietnamese dishes in the North of the city check out Pho Moderne. All the comforting dishes that hit the spot are on the menu.
Marche Hung Phat
Where: 7099 Rue Saint Denis // Petite Patrie
Why you should go: This Vietnamese market and food counter serves Pho but also other delicious soups such as Bun Bo Hue - pictured above - a beef based rice noodle soup that tends to be on the spicy and sour side. Yummy!
Where: 7093 Rue Saint Denis // Petite Patrie
Why you should go: Many of the restaurants features in this article are located in the same neighbourhood, that's because this little cluster of streets surrounding Jean Talon Metro is also known as "little Vietnam". This Spot, Thai Son, is a hybrid Chinese/Vietnamese place, but delivers all the classic like Pho and Bun Bo Hue (as seen above). Bon appetit!
Where: 5110 Jean Talon East // Rosemont
Why you should go: This spot is for all you St-Leo and East enders out there. Pho Khanh serves classic Vietnamese dishes with all the familiar and comforting flavours your craving.
Pho Long Phung
Where: 6503 Rue Beaubien Est // Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Why you should go: This Pho spot is for everyone who lives out in the East. A cozy family-run joint, this is the true definition of hole-in-the-wall. And considering it's low-key address, it's not totally run over by the Yelp crowd, yet.
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Where: 1011 Saint Laurent // China Town
Why you should go: Another China Town staple that is always busstling, even on a rainy or snowy Monday. Now that I think of it, it's even more busy on a rainy or snowy Monday, that's how heart-warming and yummy this Pho really is.
La Petite Saigonnaise
Where: 2044 Lapiniere // Brossard
Why you should go: For the south shore crowd, this is sure to please. You get a heaping bowl of Pho with generous portions of meat and starters, all for under 15$.
Where: 1270 - 8200 Tachereau // Brossard
Why you should go: A must-try if you are passing through the south shore. Serving all the well-know favourites fast and inexpensive.
Where: 8500 Tachereau Boulevard // Brossard
Why you should go: Another spot in Brossard for those who want all the Vietnamese deliciousness without taking the trip downtown. Stop by Hoai Huong for a treat!
Where: 4886 Saint-Charles // Pierrefonds
Why you should go: Because the Pho is - allegedly - unreal. Personally, I have never been, considering the location, but there is always a Pho spot in every neighbourhood. If you're living in the West side of the Island, give Pho Binh a try.
Le Red Tiger
Where: 1201 Maisonneuve East // Village
Why you should go: Although Le Red Tigre isn't formally known as a Pho spot, it is a Vietnamese restaurant serving insanely delicious street-food inspired dishes in a refreshingly unpretentious - yet trendy, atmosphere. Basically, I had to throw it in the list. It's that good.
Restaurant Ong Ca Can
Where: 79 Sainte Catherine East // Downtown
Why you should go: Really great spot if your looking to share big poritions of Vietnamese food among a big party of people. They have all the classics and more like beed fondue pictured above. So good.
Restaurant Pho Ngon
Where: 3205 Cremazie East // Saint-Michel
Why you should go: When your craving that perfet bowl of Pho on a rainy day, this is it. If your not from the area, make the trip!
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Restaurant Au 14
Where: 14 Prince Arthur West // Plateau
Why you should go: A little family-run joint in the Plateau, this place serves Pho along with other Vietnamese favourites.
Where: 1235 Mont-Royal East // Plateau
Why you should go: A little Viet delight in the east side of the Plateau. This spot serves Pho and all the usual suspects we've all come to love and adore.
Restaurant Ho Guom
Where: 2035 Jean Talon East // Villeray
Why you should go: This spot serves Pho but also other Vietnamese classics such as Bun Cha Ca (pictured above). If you're looking to expand your Vietnamese repertoire, this is the place to visit.
Le Petit Sao
Where: 40 Place Du Commerce // Verdun
Why you should go: With spots like this opening left and right, I think Verdun might be the new Plateau. This eclectic Verdun resto serve Pho and other Vietnamese specialities in a very Instagram-ready background.
Pho Saigon 27
Where: 8576 Boulevard Saint-Laurent // Saint-Michel
Why you should go: Located in the north end of the city, Pho Saigon serves a combo of Viet and Thai. Although the outside may seem a little nondescript, the food certainly does not disappoint.
Where: 738 Jarry East // Villeray
Why you should go: Some people call this the best Vietnamese in Villeray. That is quite a statement, considering the number of options in the area.
Restaurant Ty Do
Where: 300 Av. Duluth // Plateau
Why you should go: Although Ty Do isn't necessarily known for their Pho, I had to include it in a list of Vietnamese restaurants because although the food here is good, this spot is really fun. It's BYOW, and is especially great if your looking for a spot that can accommodate a big group of friends.
Pho Saigon VIP
Where: 1850 Saint Catherine West // Downtown
Why you should go: This spot has been around for quite a while right around Guy Concordia area. They serve up some classic Pho along with other Vietnamese and Asian dishes. Easy, fast, and good.