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Mac
16 Reviews
2012/11/14
  • Kitchener King St Pho Dau Bo
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • This might be my favorite restaurant. I have been coming to this location for about 5 years and it is very consistent. The food is incredibly good, there are other restaurants that serve better quality thai dishes in the K-W area, but for this price this is the best deal. The most ‘bang for your buck’ so to speak. The portions are very generous; I am about 6’1 230 lbs and I can eat, typically I struggle to finish a meal consisting of an appetizer and main course. I always leave full, satisfied, and without breaking the bank.

    I absolutely recommend visiting and will personally continue to so in the future. The only criticism I can offer specific to this location is the quality of atmosphere. It’s in a bad area of town being downtown Kitchener. The restaurant itself is located in a dive/basement like part of the building. The building it is in looks aged, poorly maintained, and contains several other questionable businesses. The parking lot isn’t paved or well lit, and feels like you might get mugged leaving or traveling to your car. The inside the restaurant is kind of gloomy and all of the furniture, utensils, and equipment appear to be weathered. There is also this annoying bell or charm the goes off every time someone enters or leaves the restaurant making it feel like a convenience store or a queue to get on the subway.

    The service, like the food is also very good. The restaurant is never over packed. I have never had to wait for a table. As soon as I walk through the door a server is grabbing the appropriate amount of menus and walking me to the table. I literally do not stop walking from when I leave the car to when I get to my table because the staff is so on top of it when guests arrive. Although the service to very good, it’s not too good, and that’s good. I personally do not like being bugged and having my conversation interrupted every 5 minutes by some desperate for tips student. They sit you down, bring your drinks and meal very quickly, and leave you alone. One final thing I will mention is regarding the pho (soup) portion sizes. Whatever your non-thai soup portion experience is leave it at the door, the portions are extremely large, a small or medium will feed one person and a large will probably feed two.

  • Order: Chicken Pad Thai
 
Cabbio
6 Reviews
2012/02/25
  • I ordered the Pho with beef slices and beef...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 4
  • I ordered the Pho with beef slices and beef balls. I received my meal within 5 minutes. Very quick service!

    The noodles in my bowl were all broken and cut up into pieces like macaroni elbow noodles. I'm pretty sure they shouldn't be like that since I've been here a few times already. I spoke to the waitress and they told me it shouldn't be like so she took the soup away and she'll let the owner know owner know about the situation. The owner confronted us and refused to exchange the soup because "there's nothing wrong with it", which the waitress and I thought otherwise. He also demanded that we pay for the soup that they took back and then proceeded to raise his voice and start yelling at us for refusing to accept our order. I didn't know what to do at this point so I calmly asked him to go back and bring out our soup. Once he was at the back. My wife and I left the restaurant.

    Nevar again am I coming back there. I've never met such rude restaurant operators before.

  • Order: Pho
 
YorkFoodie996
1 Review
2011/05/07
  • Poor customer service. How about a web menu??
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • Maybe our take-out experience would have been better if this place put a menu online. I don't know how a take out restaurant survives in 2011 without any web presence. Anyways...

    We ordered 2 vegetarian pad thais, and vegetarian spring rolls. I asked the girl on the phone if they made green curry, she said no, but they could do yellow curry with tofu on rice. Sounded good to me.

    It wasn't. It was chinese fried vegetable rice (the veggies consisting of Green Giant cubed carrot and pea mix) with some fried tofu. My wife called to complain of this, and we were first told that the restaurant doesn't sell curry (??) then the curry in the dish I received was "fried into it" - The cost for my "rice creation" was $9. The restaurant offered no future discount or credit, and did not apologize.

    As for the Pad Thai: not bad, but not the best we've had in the area, especially at the $9.50 price.

    Live and learn... Next time we want beef tripe soup (never), maybe we'll give Pho Dau Bo another shot. Until then, there are better Viet & Thai restaurants in the area that actually know what a thai curry is.

  • Order: Take out: Pad Thai, spring tolls, thai yellow curry
 
2011/06/14

Recent Comment by: knownothing

wtf do you expect when you order thai food from a vietnamese restuarant?

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RestauranteerR
1 Review
2011/04/06
  • HORRIBLE Service...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 1
  • Ordered a pho and cold bubble tea with "less ice". Instead of a full cup, I was given half a cup of bubble tea (warm). I've ordered bubble tea with "less ice" at many other establishments with no issues. When I complained, I was told to get out. When I asked the man's name, he refused to tell me. Needless to say, if you want good service, STAY AWAY!!! Food was OK but there are definitely better pho places in town.

  • Order: pho and bubble tea
 
JanetG
6 Reviews 1 Helpful
2010/09/03
  • So So Lunch
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • Lunch was ok. Ordering was a bit of a challenge due to language skills but we managed. Fare is routine, not bad, but nothing special either, rather bland. Didn't give me a lime, and the vermicelli came with no sauce or flavoring so I improvised with the hoisen sauce on the table. Forks not provided, you must ask for them-fyi. All in all, there are other places I would recommend first before this place

  • Order: vemicelli with tofo
 
KWCouple
12 Reviews
2010/08/24
  • This is the best Vietnamese in K-W
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • This is a high quality, reasonably priced pho restaurant. Service is quick and friendly, food is high quality. Tried other pho restaurants in K-W and this is the best.

  • Order: Pho soup with beef and tripe, spring rolls
 
linay
2 Reviews
2010/03/08
  • I go there all the time, def good food, good...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I go there all the time, def good food, good price (:
    their soup is def good and their rice dishes are my fav as well
    (:

    worth a try

  • Order: chicken soup, rice&chicken,
 
Jayneoliz
8 Reviews
2009/09/05
  • Awesome food, WAY better Vietnamese than Benh...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • Awesome food, WAY better Vietnamese than Benh Than. We regularly eat at the King St location and find the food superior to the one on Victoria. The other reviewer nailed it when he described the decor as "ghetto". That being said, in a strange way it feels just about right. From what I hear, most Pho places in Vietnam range from institutional to grubby just like this one. Benh Than is the place to go if you want *much* nicer decor (at the expense of the food unfortunatley). The service is incredibly fast but things come out as they're ready, not in course order. The price is unbeatable, where else can you have freshly-made, delicious and nutritcious food for under $6?
    Highly recommended:
    Pho with rare beef (do use the lime, fresh herbs and chili sauce, without them it's non-descript)
    Bun (rice noodles ith spring roll and grilled pork)
    Cold rolls with shrimp & grilled pork.
    Vietnamese rolls (spring rolls)
    YUMMY!!

 
Adam
1 Review
2009/02/12
  • I've been to both locations and find this to be...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I've been to both locations and find this to be the more clean and the more friendly. Reading other reviews reveals that this may be only some of the time, but my experiences have been good. I love the quality of the ingredients, and the speed and price point make it a great lunch spot. My only issue to raise would be that if you have a stomach which does not handle hot/spicy food well, your menu options are limited.

 
big eater
2008/10/26
  • good yet nasty
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 3
  • Everything was amazing except im asian and i had no service i had to get my own water and take out boxes. Also, the spring rolls came out last and it was suposed to be our appitizer. The noodles mixed veggies tast old not only the veggies but the noodles didn't seem fresh at all. I went the second time and nothing changed. I go to other resturants that serve the same food cuisine and taste fresher and cleasner. Maybe the prices have a difference because the food's habitat is probably not clean here.

  • Order: pho soup, pad thai, and noodles mixed veggies spring rolls
 
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