2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#33 Pho King Fabulous

Pho King Fabulous

Despite the unfortunate pun in the resto’s name, Pho King is indeed a fabulous addition to North Toronto, a neighbourhood where the pho is sadly lacking. Pho King is pleasant looking for a pho parlour; the main event is terrific. My two faves are basic chicken pho with wonderful fragrant rich chicken broth, tender white meat and the usual proper garnish of Thai basil with lime and bean sprouts. And northern beef pho — loaded with beef, its beef broth a complex combo. For which they simmer beef bones for eight hours before adding star anise, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, clove and coriander. For dessert do the classic and strangely delicious strong sweetened Vietnamese coffee — with condensed milk.


  • Pho King Fabulous
  • 2411 Yonge St., Toronto (map)
  • 647-352-5288
  • www.phokingfabulous.com

  • Chef: Kevin Hoang
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Cost of dinner for two: $30
  • Hours: Sun. to Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 8
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street parking
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