Gold Train II Express at Market Crossing
Until recently, the dining options around Market Crossing were seriously lacking in the Asian-cuisine department (aside from Genji Japanese Restaurant). That is until Gold Train II Express moved in next to the tanning salon.
I know what you’re thinking… “Gold Train II Express” sounds like something you’d take to get to Hogwarts but it’s really a chain of Vietnamese restaurants. The first thing that I noticed upon my visit was that, even though this restaurant just opened, everything looked old and tired. The tables and chairs were obviously reused and had seen better days. Same thing for the menus (most likely they were brought in from their other location). If it weren’t for the “Grand Opening” sign, you’d think that this restaurant had been here for ages.
On my first visit, the place was packed during the weekday lunch hour. The tables can get crowded and I saw the servers run into each other on a number of occasions as they were zipping to and fro.
I picked the #70 Bun Bo Nuong, Cha Gio, Nem Nuong – Grilled Beef, Spring Roll, and Marinated Pork with Vermicelli ($8.50) which came in a rather large bowl served with shredded lettuce, carrot and cucumber slivers, and bean sprouts. The beef had a good flavour from being grilled and I really liked the char on the pork. There was something different about the taste of the spring roll that I couldn’t put my finger on.
At first I thought this was a dry noodle dish but, as it turns out, there was a lot of liquid at the bottom of the bowl. Each diner gets a complimentary slice of orange and pre-packaged fortune cookie for dessert.
Since they open from 10 am to 10 pm 7 days a week, this place gives us more options when we’re in the area. We came by for an early lunch on the weekend and it was much quieter. This time, we ordered some drinks… the Longan Juice ($3) was a very sweet drink and had plenty of “dragon eyes”. My Jack Fruit Shake ($3.20) took a long time to come out but it was very tasty and had a mild and subtle flavour (along with plenty of pulp).
Like most Vietnamese pho joints, all of the utensils, napkins, and sauces are stored tableside for quick use. They even have the requisite mirrored wall to make the place look bigger.
As usual, they bring out the sprouts, lime wedge, and basil for the pho on a separate plate.
The large is a good size bowl and the rare beef was just starting to get cooked in the hot broth.
This time, we ordered the #67 Bun Thit Nuong, Cha Gio, Nem Nuong – Grilled Pork, Spring Roll, and Marinated Pork with Vermicelli ($8.50). It’s basically the same as the #70 that we had previously but with grilled pork instead of grilled beef.
I think this place is actually a good addition to the area as it gives people more choices.
105 – 7515 Market Crossing