Triple Coconut Tree Restaurant
4124 Hastings Street, Vancouver (map)
I guess the word is out: "I love food" :), so many people has been recommending place to me to try. A friend of mine keep telling me how good Chez Meme is, so I decided to go check it out. It was just not my lucky day, because they close every 2nd Saturday and on all Sunday. So if anyone is wondering, they should open this Saturday. Anyways, since I really didn't want to travel any further, R and I just sought out the closest restaurant that peaked our interest.
As always, R got an Vietnamese coffee. This was pretty standard with the drip coffee and the condense milk. The price of $2.50 was also on par with other places.
Here they are certainly not stingy with the basil. These were fresh and lots of it. The sprout in comparison seems less than other places, or maybe it's just the amount of basil that made it look less.
I went for No. 28, small pho with beef tendon, brisket and rare slices ($5.49). The first thing I noticed was the color of the beef, it seemed really light with resulted in a less meaty taste. The tendon was very soft and quite good. For the price I paid, they certainly did not skimp out on the meat. The soup was on the lighter side with out any oil bubbles. So if you like heavier soup, this is definitely not for you.
R ordered the lemon grass pork with pho ($5.99). Just like my beef pho, they were quite generous with the meat. The lemon grass pork chops were tender, yet flavorful. Although the soup slightly more oily comparing to mine, but it taste much better more flavorful with a hint of fish sauce taste.
We didn't really intend to order anything else other than the pho, but they had these wings on special for $4.95. The wings were was crispy and juicy without being oily. The flavor was mostly just salt and pepper, nothing really stood out. Actually these reminded me of the ones we had at Cattle Cafe, but with less flavor.
The pho here was certainly not bad, especially given the price. The portion was also quite generous. Service was quite typical, and not really worth mentioning. Overall, if you are in the area, and looking for a decent place, give it a try. If not, then there is no need to drive all the way out there for it.