I’ve been a big fan of the Sate Beef Pho at Vietnamese Village Express for many years now. I tried it for the first time way back in the day when they were still called Vietnamese Village and were located across from the Harry Hayes building in Chinatown. They’ve been in this current 2nd floor location on 7th Avenue SW for several years now. It had been a while since my co-workers and I had gone there for sate beef pho so we arranged to have lunch there last week.
As always, the restaurant was packed with the lunch time crowd. I’ve never had issues with the service in the past. But on this visit, the service was a bit spotty at times. Fortunately, we got our order in quickly and the food also arrived quickly. However, we had trouble getting refills of tea and water. It just felt like our server had forgotten about us after they brought our food.
Nonetheless, the Sate Beef Pho tasted as good as I remembered it to be. This broth at VV Express (as my co-workers like to call it) was thicker, richer, and heavier than the version from other places. There was lots of thinly sliced tender beef. The rice noodles were cooked perfectly. This Sate Beef Pho comes only in one size and is around $10 for this large bowl. And most times, I can barely finish it. I love the flavourful sate broth, especially on a cold winter’s day. To me, Vietnamese Village Express serves up one of the best versions of Sate Beef Pho in the downtown area. The service might not be always great but I’m willing to put up with it as long as the Sate Beef Pho is consistently good.
Vietnamese Village Express
910 7 Ave SW