#78 Golden Turtle

Golden Turtle

Post-reno (completed in early 2012), the best pho in town has come up in the world. No longer a dive, Golden Turtle is now an attractive room, all floral and pastels. They still serve the best pho in town, built on supernal stock. Classic rare beef pho has big thin slices of tender rare beef atop fat rice noodles, its beef broth made complex with star anise. Chicken pho is sweet strong broth with big pieces of moist chicken and rice noodles. Seafood pho is that marvellous chicken stock with thin egg noodles, barely wilted leaf lettuce and seafood. They garnish it with superbly fragrant Thai basil and Thai parsley, bean sprouts, lime, chilies and just-fried browned onion shreds, to great effect. There are pho parlours all over town, but none come close to Golden Turtle.

  • Golden Turtle
  • 125 Ossington Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-531-1601
  • www.thegoldenturtle.ca/

  • Chef: Huyen Vo
  • Sous Chef: Chau Ngo
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Cost of dinner for two: $25
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Tues. January to May)
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 2
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: No
  • Parking: Green P nearby, street parking available
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