Pho Century Fine Vietnamese Cuisine
I’m not sure why I haven’t tried many of the Vietnamese restaurants along the Kingsway corridor in Burnaby… aside from the fact that a lot of them look like they’re hole-in-the-wall places. It gets a little confusing too since most of their names (I counted 6) all start with “Pho ___”.
The main reason why I stopped by the new Pho Century was because it’s located right next door to Dr. Ho’s (no, that’s not a typo… I’ve always just called it Dr. Ho’s instead of Mr. Ho’s).
The place was a little quiet when I stopped by but the interior was much better than I was expecting (guess that’s because it just opened not too long ago). You can’t see it in the picture, but there was another section of tables behind those rectangular glass dividers.
I had to try their Banh Mi – this was their chicken version with pate paste, carrots, daikon (and I think that might be onion in there too). This was pretty good and makes me want to try their other ones.
Since this was the first time eating here, I wanted to try as many things as possible so I went with Combo F which includes 2 prawn supremes on sugar cane, 2 chicken skewers and a deep fried spring roll all served on vermicelli. I’m still not sure why prawn supreme comes on sugar cane… it’s not like you can eat the sugar cane (I guess it adds flavour to it).
Item #70 was the BBQ lemongrass pork chop on rice topped with a fried egg. Seriously – everything tastes better with a fried egg on top! I was suprised that the egg was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of runniness in the yolk when I cut into it.
I’m not sure if this was the best Vietnamese place but I would definately go back to try some of the other dishes. Service was pretty direct and to-the-point (but since I was there for take-out, that was fine for me).
Food: 3.5 / 5
Service: 2.5 / 5