Location: 259 Queen Street West, Toronto
The pho at Pho Vistro was fine. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it, and I didn’t dislike eating it.
But it made no real impression on me; my biggest takeaway is that it was food and I ate it. It wasn’t memorable in any particular way.
They have a few different varieties of pho on the menu; I ordered the restaurant’s namesake dish, which features beef and chicken.
The broth had a nice, clean chicken flavour, but almost none of the distinctive spicing you expect from a good bowl of pho. They have a couple of bottles of sauce on the table that add a nice dose of spice and zestiness; these are absolutely essential. On its own, the soup is seriously bland.
The slices of chicken and beef are okay, but they all had a vaguely leftovery flavour, and they’re all a bit tough.
The broad rice noodles are what you’d expect. They’re good.
It all adds up to a very inoffensive meal that I can’t imagine anyone getting too excited over.