Xe Lua Restaurant ★★★

Price: Under $20

This is a Chinese restaurant, a good place to eat but I wouldn’t recommend getting their pho. Personally, I don’t really like their pho when I compare it to my usual standards. They use larger noodles then normal and like most asian restaurants, the cleanliness of utensils are in doubt. So you must remember to wipe them throughly before eating. You are given a complimentary standard tea.

I recommend the dish with mix of noodles, beef, lettuce and shrimp grilled on sugar canes. It was good! My dessert was a drink consisting of milk, crushed ice, beans, jelly and etc. However, I don’t recommend my dessert now because they either buy it from a store or pre-make it. So it is not as fresh. Go with their shakes/smoothies.

One of the good and bad things with this restaurant is that it opens late. You can come here for a late bite after clubbing but you also need to be prepared to wait a while for a table and see some drunk rowdy behaviour occasionally.

Good to eat with family and friends mainly. Very Casual.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 254 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2C2
Telephone: (416) 703-8330

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Pho 88 – Spadina Ave. ★★

Price: Under $20 depending on order

I’ve only been to this location once or twice but I wouldn’t recommend it for pho lovers. I am really picky about pho and I found the soup to be too greasy here. Perhaps the other dishes are better?

Service is friendly enough and restaurant layout is nice. Furnishings are black and streamlined, glass walls at the front and decor is simple.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 270 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5T2E5
Telephone: (416) 746-8646

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Pho Hung – Spadina Ave. ★★★1/2

Price: Under $15

This restaurant is from the same chain as the one on Bloor Street. However, I think the people who run this Spadina location are better. Pho tastes better and utensils tend to be cleaner. If you are in the mood for Pho, I recommend this place. I’ve always like it here. Keep in mind I almost always order Pho here – specifically the rare beef with beef balls called “Pho Tai Bo Vien”. Yummy! Their fried spring rolls are not bad either. However, stay away from their shrimp cakes!! My friend ordered it and we were surprised to see it was literally a shrimp on top of a bun (not appetizing in the least).

The place tends to be really packed during the evening and tables are put close together to allow for maximum seating. Still, you dont go here for the atmosphere (loud and crowded) but for the food. JUST TRY IT!

Website: Not Available.
Location: 350 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T2G4
Telephone: (416) 593-4274

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Golden Stone Noodle Restaurant ★★

Price: Under $20 depending on dish

This is one of the few places in Chinatown that offer bánh cuốn in the evening! Bánh cuốn (one of my personal favourite dishes) is a thin rice noodle roll filled with shrimp. They are known for their BBQ duck dishes but I think it is a bit too greasy. Might depend on what you order, so try their BBQ duck with noodles.

For casual lunches and dinner with friends and family.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 212 Queen St. West. Toronto, ON, M5V 1Z2
Telephone: (416) 596-9053

Ginger Restaurant Corp. ★★1/2

Price: Under $15

As a Vietnamese restaurant, I was a little disappointed about their Pho. The restaurant itself is clean and very simple, you also seat and serve yourself. There is another location on Bloor and Yonge st. that is smaller but I have yet to dine there.

Good for friends and family but not business.

Website: http://www.gingerone.ca/
Location: 212 Queen St. West. Toronto, ON, M5V 1Z2
Telephone: (416) 977-8778

Furama Cake & Desserts Garden ★★1/2

Price: Under $10

This is one of my go-to bakeries when in Chinatown. I like to eat their cakes, coconut bread, raisin twisty bread, hot dogs, buns and meat pastries. Prices are generally a few dollars.

Its cheap and ordering is easy – everything is in english. Good place to stop by if you are in the mood for a quick and inexpensive snack.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 248 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
Telephone: (416) 504-5709

Banh Mi – Nguyen Huong Food Co. ★★★

Price: Under $10

This is not a restaurant but a sandwich shop, so its eat on the go or take home. My only review is to try it, especially their Banh Mi with beef.

Banh Mi (a baguette stuffed commonly with either chicken or beef and veggie toppings) is a staple of Vietnamese food. Toppings include pickled carrots and daikon (known as đồ chua), cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, pâté, mayonnaise and various meat fillings or tofu.

They also offer other assorted food, desserts and drinks. Please note: they might not speak english fluently so if anything, just point to what you want.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 322 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
Telephone: Not Available.