Updated: 5th Oct 2014; This restaurant is closed.
I decided to visit the newest Vietnamese restaurant in Richmond for lunch on a Saturday. Most importantly, the boys agreed to the idea. I am still in the search of dry mix Vietnamese noodle with lots of fried shallot and brown sauce.
The latest addition to the many Vietnamese restaurants in Richmond is Pho Boi, A Taste of Vietnamese on No. 5 Road which took over the location of Red Mirchi recently. As you can see this restaurant is big.
The interior does not change much except that the buffet area is occupied with more tables. This restaurant has a split level and it’s the size of two shop lots.
The menu is not too big with the normal fan-fare of Vietnamese noodles, rice and appetizers. You can click on the menu to have a better view.
The condiments sit on a lazy susan which makes them more accessible.
Just like any Vietnamese restaurant, hot Chinese tea is served to the adults and ice water for the kids.
I’m not too pleased with the not so fresh looking basil served with the raw bean sprout, jalapeno and limes.
Arkensen ordered the adventurer’s choice section. He ordered the brisket, flank, fatty brisket, tendon and crunchy flank with rice noodle. He usually picks the one with a lot of ingredients. The large bowl costs $7.45 which is a dollar more than the regular size.
Arkensen commented that it tastes good.
Arkensen also ordered a spring roll to share with me. One spring roll costs $2.36. The spring roll is oily, small and not as nice as those from Pho Lan.
Nanzaro ordered Bun Bo Hue from the specialty section. This is $7.45. Although it looks spicy, it is not spicy hot. The soup is tasty though. The rice noodle used here is slightly thicker. Strangely, this does not comes with pork feet which is a good thing as Nanzaro does not eat pork feet. He usually gives them to Ben. It has beef tendon and beef balls which is not common for Bun Bo Hue. Other meats include beef shank, beef flank and pork ham.
Once again, I cannot find the dry mix noodles that I have been yearning for. So, I settled with a Hot & Sour Seafood Noodle Soup. This is also $7.45. It has tomatoes, fish balls, artificial crab meat. prawns and squid. There is a lot of noodles in this bowl. The soup is not as sour as I preferred but it tastes quite good with a strong lemon grass flavour.
Pho Boi accepts credit cards. We quite enjoy the noodle soup in Pho Boi. The good thing is the parking is quite big and it’s not going to be a problem.