Food & Drink

Montreal's 8 finest pho spots

Published On 11/12/2014 Published On 11/12/2014

Thanks to the deliciously thriving Vietnamese community, you can throw a stick in Montreal and hit five great pho restaurants -- but where can you find the very best bowls of steaming Asian noodles in town? We found out...

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Pho Bang New York

Chinatown
Pho is meant to be a pretty large dish, but when it鈥檚 large, tasty, includes an appetizer, and only costs around $10, then it gets somehow even better. Branched off from their base in New York, they鈥檙e known to be a little generous with their cloves, and thankfully their beef, too.

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Pho Nam Quan

Saint-Michel
Pho would be nothing without its spices and herbs, and Pho Nam Quan allows for spices and herbs not typically associated with the dish to take pride of place in its soups; cinnamon, anise, and sawtooth coriander all take the tender brisket from good to near-spectacular.

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Pho Thanh Long

Ville-Marie
When you walk into Pho Thanh Long, you鈥檒l notice wood panels on the walls, the cooks wrapping spring rolls, and the aroma of various meats cooking. Those meats go into a protein-laden pho, though for an extra $3, Pho Thanh Long will give you extra raw beef to throw in with it all.

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Paris Pho

Saint-Laurent
Paris Pho is known for its thick, round noodles and reasonable prices. While the name of the restaurant may sound unusual given pho is a Vietnamese dish, it turns out that the beef in pho was (history alert!) inspired by the French when they conquered Vietnam in 1858 -- before then, all pho was made with only chicken or pork, which (ironically?) they do particularly well here. The chicken pho ga is particularly great.

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Wing Phat

Saint-Leonard
Head into Wing Phat and prepare to see virtually every table with at least one bowl of pho. Try the pho with beef balls and thinly cut beef; the broth is spicy, acidic, meaty, and delicious. Best part? Wing Phat is BYOB, meaning your already cheap meal just got even better.

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Pho Tay Ho

Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie
In MTL, we love our holes in the wall and Pho Tay Ho is definitely a restaurant you鈥檝e walked by before without realizing the deliciousness that lies within -- it's especially known for its pho ga; a chicken pho with a clear, non-greasy broth and fresh red chilies.

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Pho Lien 

C么te-des-Neiges
Specializing in cow-candy, at Pho Lien, you could choose from about 10 beef phos made with brisket, tendon, tripe, and other delicious bovine bits. The servers are notoriously no-nonsense, and the customers are notorious for not caring, because the pho is so damn good.

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Pho Nguyen

Downtown
Pho Nguyen is located Downtown, right next to Concordia University and somehow it鈥檚 almost hidden; a hole-in-the-wall joint innocently waiting behind an inconspicuous blue awning... which still doesn鈥檛 stop it from being packed though, thanks to thick cuts of beef, and perfectly balanced spice.

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1. Pho Bang New York 1001 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2Z 1J4 (Chinatown)

This Chinatown pho spot is known for serving HUGE bowls of the tasty stuff, as well as an appetizer, for around 10 bucks. It's a price and a taste that you can't beat.

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2. Pho Nam Quan 3562 Rue Jarry Est, Montreal, H1Z 2G3

Pho Nam Quan allows for spices and herbs not typically associated with pho to dance on your taste buds. Cinnamon, anise, and sawtooth coriander take the tender brisket and transforms it into pure magic.

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3. Pho Thanh Long 103 rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, H2X 1K5

When you walk into Pho Thanh Long, you鈥檒l notice wood panels at the walls, the cooks wrapping spring rolls, and the aroma of various meats cooking. Its meaty pho stands out from the bunch because of its authentic Vietnamese noodles, which marry the beef perfectly.

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4. Paris Pho 1717 Poirier, Saint-Laurent, H4L 1J4

Although it doesn't look like much from the outside, Paris Pho is a quality spot in Saint-Laurent, and it's known for its thick, round noodles and delicious desserts.

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5. Wing Phat 4201 Jarry Est, Montreal, H1R 1W9

How do you know Wing Phat is good? When you walk in, every table usually has at least one bowl of pho. Try the pho with beef balls and thinly cut beef. The broth is spicy, acidic, and meaty. And the best part? Wing Phat is a BYO wine spot!

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6. Pho Tay Ho 6414 rue Saint Denis, Montreal, H2S 2R7 (Rosemont)

This hole in the wall in La Petite-Patrie may not be much to look at, but the pho is pretty amazing, with its specialty being the pho ga: a chicken pho with a clear non-greasy broth and fresh red chilies.

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7. Pho Lien 5703-B Chemin De la C么te-des-Neiges, Montreal, H3S

At Pho Lien, you can choose from about 10 beef phos made with brisket, tendon, tripe, and other yummy cow parts. What appetizer should you get with your pho? Order either the papaya beef salad, or the spring rolls.

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8. Pho Nguyen 1452 St-Mathieu, Montreal, H3H

Pho Nguyen is located Downtown, right next to Concordia University and somehow it鈥檚 almost hidden; a hole-in-the-wall joint innocently waiting behind an inconspicuous blue awning... which still doesn鈥檛 stop it from being packed though, thanks to thick cuts of beef, and perfectly balanced spice.

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