Food and drink
Although famous for their phos, a slew of other delectable Vietnamese dishes also await on their extensive and non-traditional menu.
Vegan pho is delicious and bursting with tofu, vegetables and an addictive lemongrass broth. Spicy lemongrass tofu and vegetables served with rice is one of my favourites, and packs a positively lip-smacking fiery punch. Be sure to try the crispy rice flour pancakes (Bahn Xeo) filled till bursting with shrimp and sprouts, then pan fried and served with a tangy daikon and carrot slaw, or the ever-popular fresh rolls. Vermicelli bowls served with an assortment of toppings and usually crowned by a delicious, non-greasy spring roll are a feast for the senses, marrying an array of flavours and fresh ingredients.
Very informal family-run institution wth bustling servers and an often eclectic mix of Vietnamese ex-pats, young west-end families and artists and Queen West hip types all tucking into steaming plates of deliciousness. No fuss and zero-attitude, everyone comes for the food. The patio is delightful and often less cacophonous.
Servers are helpful and efficient, but don't expect lengthy dialogues or extras. The place is often busy, so personal attention is kept to a minimum to ensure everyone is served quickly.
Just north of Queen West on the recently revitalized Ossington strip, a stone's throw from a slew of the city's coolest bars and hangouts.
Unbelievably reasonable prices that seem to have remained intact since its inception, Golden Turtle offers some of the best value for money in the city. Most main dishes fall below the $10 (CDN) mark, and are ample enough for leftovers and sharing.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
- No fuss