19533 Fraser Highway, Langley (Map)
Pho 99 has always been my trusted back up pho place for 2 reasons, they are conveniently located (at least for me) and they are good. Although they are good, but definitely not the best (my favorite is Pho Tam). The two that I frequently visit are the one by Lougheed skytrain station, and the one by Coquitlam center. I prefer the one at Coquitlam center, as they are more consistent with their food.
Anyways, I was out and about in Langley, so R and I decided to check out another Pho 99 location. This one is located in the same strip mall as huge H-Mart. From the outside, you can't really tell it's any different from the other ones, but the minute you step inside, it's a whole another story. Not to sound judgmental, but really base on experience Pho restaurants are not the cleanest of the fanciest places. However this one definitely felt like a whole new experience, as it was super clean, spacious, bright and had nice decor. If it wasn't for the condiments on the table, this could easily pass up as a nice up scale restaurant. Because I usually eat my pho with both the Hoisin and Hot sauce, I would use a extra spoon to put my sauce in. Here, they automatically provided us with small sauce dish just for that purpose (very thoughtful).
Being that I am a regular, I immediately ordered no. 9 (brisket, slice and tendon). As usual, there were lots of meat, the soup was good and had a rich meaty taste, but it was a bit salty. I got the small for $6.15. To be honest, I find that the Chicken pho are usually rather bland comparing to the beef pho, but this one was an exception. I actually like this more than my pho, because was almost non-oily (comparing with mine), but yet still had that rich chicken flavor. The soup was not overly salty and it had a hint of sweetness as well.
Overall, I have to say this would be my favorite Pho 99 base on the 3 location that I have visited. Service here was more attentive that at other location, but maybe it is because it wasn't that busy when I visited. The food here is at par with other location, but the decor definitely wins by far. I know this is probably out of the way for many people, but if you are in the area, I would recommend checking this place out.