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.

#32 Golden Turtle

Golden Turtle

Still the best pho in town. 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. Popular now is the banh xeo: Vietnamese-style crepes with shrimp and pork, bean sprouts and green onions. There are pho parlours all over town, but none come close to Golden Turtle.

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

  • 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. Jan. through 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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