Phu-Yen
700 March Rd., Kanata
(613) 599-0006

Hours of operation
Mon. to Wed. – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs. and Fri. – 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat. – 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sun. – 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Rating:***
Price range: $$
Low ($): Shrimp and BBQ Pork egg noodle soup ($6.95)
High ($): Seafood Rice Noodle ($10.50)
Licensed: Yes

Is this Kanata’s hottest little pho house? It would appear to be, given the lineup to get a table in the small, busy restaurant. Knowing what to order at any restaurant is the secret.

Unfortunately, I didn’t. The Satay Chicken Special ($9.95) written on the white board caught my eye. Chicken satay without peanuts. Though traditional Vietnamese, it was too delicate, causing me to make use of the table-side Hoisin sauce to give it some pop. Even though there weren’t enough chicken pieces hiding under all the vegetables and stuck-together flat noodles, the plate satisfied my hunger.

But I had dish envy. My lunch buddies were enjoying their choices: slurping, oohing, ahhing, and licking their bowls clean. One had the medley of BBQ pork, chicken, shrimp, and squid over crispy fried egg noodles ($9.75) and the other had the traditional big bowl of pho with shrimp and BBQ pork ($6.95).

Lesson learned. Next time I’ll order #19 or #46.

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