Pho 99

Posted on 2009-04-06 09:21

120 Lebreton St. North
Ottawa, ON K1R 7H6

This place is at the edge of Chinatown, at the far end of Lebreton closer to Gladstone then to Somerset. They’ve been open a quite a while, and have karaoke if you’re into that.


Pho 99

As I'm always looking for nice places for diner I'm always glad of such hints such as those ones you give. So thanks for that.

Pho 99

Thanks for your hint. I'm always looking for new places to go and enjoy good food.

The decor needs work and the

The decor needs work and the tables/chairs looked outdated. Service was faster than expected even though the place was full by the time we ordered.

I ordered the various beef parts (flank, tendon, tripe) soup - I can't think of a nicer way to say it. The beef was plentiful, not too fatty and nicely cooked. The broth was slightly saltier than I would have liked, but not too overwhelming to still enjoy it.

Don't forget to bring cash; credit/debit is not accepted.

Rating: 7

It's Been a While

Like jjames, it's been some time since I've been to this place, and for the same reasons.

However, they're still open so they must be doing something right. It was time for a re-visit to see just what they're up to.

I ordered a seafood pho, size medium. It comes with fish balls, shrimp balls and shrimp, plus rice noodles.

It didn't take too long for the food to arrive after we ordered considering we were probably after the mid-point of the noon rush.

My first impressions were good. The bowl had lots of the seafood components, and looked attractive. I counted seven shrimp, which was a lot for a size medium. There were also lots of fish and shrimp balls, but I didn't count those.

One nitpick was that the shrimp all had their shells on. So I fished them out of the soup and laid them aside so they wouldn't cook any longer in the hot broth.

The fish and shrimp balls were actually quite good. It was easy to finish them off right away.

The broth tasted OK. Some MSG but not a lot. The taste was different than other places. Not better, not worse, but different.

After finishing the broth and the seafood, I then went to the shrimp. They were really good. I'm glad I took them out of the broth when I did, because they were cooked to perfection. Tender, not rubbery, and juicy.

From my last visit many years ago, the menu has changed and the decor had changed somewhat although the tables and chairs looked the same. The emphasis on the karaoke has lessened, as it looked like they took out the light show and put in more tables. That's all to the good as they're concentrating on food -- as restaurants should.

Overall, I'm glad I went back. They're good enough to compete with Ottawa's best.

Rating: 7.5

OK, time to try it again.

I used to frequent this place with a large group of co-workers a number of years ago. After a couple bad experiences in a row though, we stopped going and then eventually life moved on. Now 6 or 7 years later, some of us (now with different companies) are getting together for pho lunches again. We decided we should make a trip back again to see if it is good or not.

Long story short: not too bad. There was some MSG that I could tell, but I'm not overly sensitive to it. Broth was decent, if not overly flavourful. I had fairly standard beef with flank and rice noodles. Came with the standard fresh basil and coriander, although lime wedges were missing. Also ordered deep fried spring rolls, but due to some confusion by some in our rather large group, I ended up with half my order and half of someone else's fresh rolls with peanut sauce. Both were decent.

I should also say that the place was packed - even for a Friday. I'm not sure where everyone is coming from, there isn't exactly a lot of office space around there. Service was reasonable.

Rating: 7