Saturday, 25 January 2014

Pho-tastic at Tau Bay

Tau Bay is one of our standard go-to restaurants in Edmonton. Living in a city where it is winter 8+ months of the year, nothing beats a hot, steaming bowl of pho. And let's be honest, it's basically just as good in the summer. 

#9 with iced vietnamese coffee

We've tried our fair share of pho in Edmonton and, like almost everyone else will tell you, the broth at Tau Bay is hands down the best. Aromatic, flavourful, not overly salty or greasy, it's perfect. The noodles are consistently good. The meat is always tender. The price doesn't hurt either! At just $9 for an XL bowl this place won't break your new year's resolution budget.

My standard order is an XL #9 (Steak, well-done flank, & brisket) and a coffee (iced coffee, condensed milk). Go ahead and oder the XL - you won't regret the few extra cents when you see that massive, steaming bowl come out from the kitchen. I never manage to finish mine, but the boyfriend always polishes off whatever I don't eat. The service is always quick and efficient so you won't be waiting long.

You'll get a heaping plate of bean sprouts, thai basil, lime wedges, and little chili peppers to add to your bowl as you like. My boyfriend dislikes bean sprouts for some weird reasons. My sister always orders her bowl with no onions (white or green). I like it all! Add in some hoisin, hot sauce, and/or chili oil as you like and dig in!

I adore the vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk; this is my fave. You have to be patient to let the coffee brew into the condensed milk but trust me, your 5-7 mins of patience is worth it! This coffee is the magical accompaniment to your pho. I also believe that the combination of pho and iced coffee can cure any hangover.

The decor may not be the most up-to-date, and it certainly isn't fancy. But this place is packed pretty much whenever it is open. On that note, be sure to check the is tau bay open website before you go! They tend to close randomly for weeks or even months at a time with absolutely no notice. And it doesn't seem to impact their loyal following of customers in the least. The website isn't affiliated with the restaurant.

It's also cash only and there are no ATM's, so make sure you have cash on hand. That said, we took my Mom there last weekend while she was in town, and it only set us back $45 including tax and tip for 4 XL bowls of soup and 2 iced coffees.

This has to be the top of my list for comfort food in Edmonton. As long as they are open, you should make the trek into Chinatown for some delicious pho!


Tau Bay

10660 98 St NW
(780) 421-0807

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