Pho Viet Daniel Bromberg March 19, 2012 Food+Drink Overview Where: 1663 Rue Amherst Kind of food: Vietnamese Usual Suspects: Mostly a French crowd and people who love drinking several bottles of wine (even in the afternoon). Why I love it: It’s really the best phở in Montreal… not even kidding. And I get treated like royalty! Why you’ll love it: Come with a bottle of wine and/or some beer, order the soup, have a quick chat with the owners – and if you still don’t love it… there’s something wrong with you. Who to take: Take a small group of friends or a date – it’s not too romantic or anything so you don’t have to worry about an expensive bill. I ordered: Tonkinese soup with beef, Vietnamese green tea, and coconut ice cream Waiter says to order: Imperial rolls, Tonkinese soup (w/ rare beef), Nouilles Croustillantes Maison, and a choice of sorbet Price: $-$$ A remarkable aroma fills your nostrils the minute you step through the doors of Pho Viet. The small, family-owned restaurant is hard to spot from the street, but don’t let its modest exterior fool you. This place sells the most delicious bowl of Tonkinese soup in Montreal – and this is no small claim. The warmly lit room is adorned with original photographs and artwork of Vietnam. A small opening at the back of the dining area gives you a window into the heart and soul of the Vietnamese people: the art of cooking phở. The phở is filled to the brim with fresh coriander, a hint of basil, sliced onions, chopped green onions, rice noodles, and mouth-watering rare beef. The rare beef cooks in the steaming hot broth, adding incredible flavour into the soup. Highly recommended. If you’re not such a fan of phở, I strongly suggest ordering their Nouilles Croustillantes Maison, a favourite of both the chefs and the customers. Other notables include the fresh spring rolls, papaya salad, and the grilled beef served with rice. I can go on and on about their food – it’s really, really good. For dessert, grab some of their ice cream or sorbet from Bilboquet. And whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your own wine or beer before settling down for a great meal. Pho Viet’s character and hospitality are only two of the reasons people keep coming back… it’s food is the real reason they’ve got us hooked.