#77 Pho Tien Thanh

Pho Tien Thanh

  • Opened 1995
  • 57 Ossington Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-588-6997

Stand out front and you know why Susur Lee eats pho here: The scent of star anise! Which permeates the beef pho, whose character is deepened by rare beef, brisket and fatty unctuous tendon punctuated by raw green onions in profusion. Pho fanatics say this place has better broth than Golden Turtle. Maybe so. We brave the appalling pink stucco walls accented with equally ugly baby blue trim, and the lousy service, for pho. Impeccable garnishes — lime, bird-eye chilies, bean sprouts, Thai parsley and basil make the complex broth even better. Medium pho for under $10 is a big dinner. Skip the mealy spring roll.

  • Pho Tien Thanh
  • 57 Ossington Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-588-6997

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Cost of dinner for two: $25
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: N/A
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Cash only
  • Parking: Street parking
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