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 Hung – Bloor ★★1/2

Price: Under $15

Went with a friend to this restaurant on Bloor St. I had the vermicelli noodles with fried pork, shredded pork, spring rolls and vegetables. For a large bowl, its $11. I also had pho here and it’s not bad.

I have recently read some reviews for this place and was surprised by some of the complaints. Reviewers said they were asked to bring their own containers if they wanted to bring leftovers home or didn’t get napkins when asked, etc. That’s never happened to me before, as its expected be complimentary and standard service in a restaurant. I went here another time and my friend who ordered an egg and rice dish. She had an issue with how uncooked her egg was and I encouraged her to just ask them to recook it – which the waiter was only happy to take back and cook again.

Good for a casual lunch/dinner with friends.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 200 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1T8
Telephone: (416) 963-5080

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