Pho Han was opened in the summer of 2011, i.e. it had opened for 6 months already. I had noticed of a new Vietnamese restaurant sign on my way to Costco Richmond via Garden City Road many times but I just cant see the restaurant.
Apparently, Pho Han is located on Capstan, just around the corner of the strip mall where Manzo and Prata Man is. It is obscured from view if you travel along Garden City Road.
Finally, I had to look up for this new Vietnamese restaurant since Arkensen and Nanzaro is so picky. My life back here is so boring without Ben to over rule the boys. I can only have either Hong Kong style cafe food or Vietnamese food since I came back from Beijing.
This place is not big. It seats 24. The service is a little slow though. When we were there, there is only a table of one that is not served yet and we waited quite a bit for the food to arrive.
The condiments are as usual but we really like the chili. We like it’s texture and taste which is not too spicy. It’s like there is shallots and garlic in it.
The beansprouts and basil are fresh, along with sliced jalapeno and lime wedges.
For appetizer, I ordered a Banh Mi to share. The Banh Mi here is only $2.99. I opted for the grilled pork version. The baguette lives up to the expectation to be crunchy and crumbly when bitten into it. I will certainly get a Banh Mi again.
I wanted to try their coffee and ordered an iced coffee with condensed milk for Arkensen and I intended to just take a few sip. The iced coffee actually came last. It was a very strong coffee even to my standard but I enjoyed it. Arkensen did not like it as it’s too bitter for him. He only likes McDonald’s iced coffee or Tim Horton’s iced cappuccino. The iced coffee was $2.99.
Arkensen ordered a Sliced Rare Beef and Beef Balls in Noodle Soup. This is the first time I encountered the rare beef to be served hanging on the side of the bowl. I guess this is to ensure that the beef is not cooked by the time they bring it to the table. (more…)