Updated: 24th Dec 2014; This restaurant had relocated to No. 3 Road.
We just came across a new kid in the block, so to speak. There is a new Vietnamese Pho place located on Granville Ave between No 3 Rd and Garden City. It is actually just next to Value Village. I had always thought that there is a dearth of Pho places in Richmond but speaking to Suanne now apparently, there are lots of them. See if I can name all of them:
We recall that this place used to be a Chinese Restaurant and we distinctly remembered that we did not go to that Chinese restaurant because it was once closed by the Health authorities for pest infestation. But from the outside now, this place had a new fresh cleaner look. This certainly looked like a Pho place unlike all others.
Walking in we went wow … this place is perhaps the cleanest Pho restaurant we had ever been to. Everything is spanking new and very well organized. It is also the brightest pho restaurant we had ever been to. They even have several wide screen TVs placed all over the place. We liked it immediately.
Arkensen ordered the Mix Beef Pho. He had the large order. Their menu had this as $7 for the large and $6 for the smaller serving. I took a sip of the broth … it was good and flavourful. It does look quite clear but it tastes good. Arkensen liked this a lot.
The bean sprouts that came with the Pho was very fresh. How can I tell? Firstly by the color as it has to be perfectly white, especially the roots ends. They serve the bean sprout cold. Does anyone know why some places serve them cold while other serve them blanched?
For me, I had the Grill Pork and Spring Roll with Vermicelli. I find that this is a bit too bland to my liking. The fish sauce in particular did not impart much of a taste to it. But what I really liked is the spring roll which had the rougher skin … you know … sort of dimpled type … you know what I mean? What is the word for it? *shrugs*
The Grill Pork was awesome especially as it was served with with some crushed peanuts. I really liked this and I think you would too. Again, the vermicelli is kind of bland … to bad or else this would have been perfect! This one is $7.50.
Suanne was a little bit more adventurous this time and ordered the Vietnamese Pan Cake. It was like crepes and was filled with pork, prawn, and bean sprouts. On the side there were the assortment of greens. We could not figure how to eat this. It was huge. Do we stuff the greens into the pan cake? Put the greens on top of the crepe or what?
Suanne ended up making a mess of this but still it was good. The soft warm and meaty crepe went well with the cold crunch of the greens. This one costs $8.50.
An Nam takes only cash and does not accept credit cards yet. We like this place and will certainly come back again next time. You should check this place out and I think you will appreciate how clean this place is.