TORONTO — Pho Vistro, a new pho restaurant on Toronto’s Queen West strip, will officially open its doors to the public at the end of October. The Vietnamese eatery will feature a unique dry pho signature dish alongside an array of traditional pho in chicken, beef and vegan varieties.
Pho Vistro is the result of co-owners Dr. Hoanh Nguyen and Quang Nguyen’s vision to craft healthy pho for Torontonians, using traditional Vietnamese cooking methods, which utilize healthy herbs and spices — fennel seed, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, star anise, cloves and cilantro — and avoid chemicals such as MSG and various preservatives commonly found in fast-food style noodle soups.
“Pho is one of the healthiest soups in the world,” says Quang Nguyen. “We take pride in our pho craftsmanship and can’t wait to share our pho with Toronto.”
The Nguyens’ signature dry pho ($12) is slow-cooked for 36 hours, as is traditionally done in Vietnam, and served cold with warm soup and rice noodles on the side. Appetizers start at $4.50 and mains start at $10.50. The menu also includes fresh shrimp, chicken and vegan imperial rolls; Vietnamese-style chicken wings made with lemongrass and Canadian maple syrup; and Vietnamese iced coffee and fruit smoothies with sugar-free options.
“Vietnamese people have benefited from the healing remedies that come from the broth to the multitude of rich vitamins found in a single serving of pho,” Dr. Hoanh Nguyen adds. “We want to bring that authentic healthiness to every bowl at Pho Vistro.”
Pho Vistro’s interior, designed by Fraser Designs, has a modern look and uses the intimate space to its full capacity. Half of the space is dedicated to an open kitchen and back-of-house — allowing guests to see the preparation of their dishes — and the other half features 17 tables with room to seat 34 guests.
259 Queen St. West, Toronto