This is my 1st time visiting Pho Ngoc Yen 2 so I am assuming this Vietnamese restaurant must be successful to open another location, or else it won’t have a 2nd location. I happened to visit this place after I went to my doctor’s appointment in Etobicoke and was craving for Pho and this Pho Ngoc Yen 2 pops up in my search.
From its website, Pho Ngoc Yen 2 was just recently opened in August 2023, so it’s just opened about 2 months ago. The Pho Ngoc Yen 1 is located in Mississauga.
The parking space at Pho Ngoc Yen 2 is huge, it has parking spots at the front, on the side, at the back and on the other side, it feels like you can find a parking spot that surrounds this building. The moment I saw this building, it looks familiar, apparently, my memory reminded me that I came here a few years ago when it was still a diner serving burgers, fries and steak from another restaurant.
The moment I walked into Pho Ngoc Yen 2, it’s very nice, it’s surrounded by fake trees throughout the entire restaurant, making it looks peaceful, refreshing and felt a bit as if you are in a forest.
If people wants to die outside at its patio, it has a roof and this patio is heated. I could see some patrons dining at this patio. Inside, it separated into 2 big spacious compartments. This place is huge!
In terms of food and drinks, it serves some cool cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. As for food, it serves the typical authentic Vietnamese food items such as pho, spring rolls, fried noodles, chicken wings, etc.
I have to say, the prices at this place is comparatively pricier than other mama-papa Vietnamese places. For example, even with inflation pricing, most other Vietnamese restaurants will charge a bowl of beef pho at around $15.50 CDN + tax to $17. At this place, the pho is around 17.50 to $18.75 a bowl. However, when I ordered the beef pho special, the bowl was big with good portion, the amount of beef they gave me was substantial so you pay what you pay for.
Although when I checked out the rest of the menu, the pricing of dishes such as fried rice, phad thai, fried noodles are around $19 to $23 CDN, so that’s, reasonable.
Moreover, this place is fancier and I have not see any Vietnamese restaurant this nice. They even provide you with a napkin cloth to wipe your mouth, not your typical usual thin tissue box that are typical at other places.
Services are top notch here as the server greets you with a friendly welcome and the servers will come often to see how you are doing and if the food is satisfactory.
For my pho, the broth was pipping hot, just the way I like it. The broth was also very flavourful. There are a substantial amount of meat which is generous and nice. I have never seen so many beef balls in a pho special before so I was very pleased, there were at least 6-7 half-cut beef balls as other places usually only serve you 1-2 half beef balls. But I wish they provide more beef tendon. And interestingly, they don’t serve beef tripe at all for pho special, which is my favourite and commonly served at other pho places. The noodles were a bit chopped up so when my chopstix tried to pull up the noodles, it’s like a broken strands which I rarely sees at other restaurants. But overall, it’s a good bowl of pho.
I seen a reserved table beside me and the group ordered a bunch of food to share and they all look delicious, big portion, the coleslaw salad looks huge and perfect way to start the meal. I saw the chicken wings, fried rice, fried noodles, they will definitely fill the group up.
Overall, I really like this place, I think it will do well as it is the total package with good food, welcoming decor, clean cloth napkin with nice utensils plus excellent service.
I will definitely bring my family here to enjoy some more dishes that I haven’t ordered yet.