Restaurant interior and layout is awful but they have some nice pieces if you look around, like a very long painting of horses frolicking.
TIP: Look around for a ceramic jar of chili paste swimming in what is possibly sesame seed oil and liberally sprinkled with sesame seeds. It's fragrant and not that spicy-hot. Highly recommend you give this a taste and think about whether to add it to your order. My flatbread-in-soup would have been way tastier with a liberal helping of it.
Pao-mo (homemade flatbread) in soup ($8) beef, lamb, or tripe
- I got the lamb one on the owner's recommendation. Surprisingly fragrant soup.
- The small chunks of torn-up flatbread didn't do much for me but it did make the soup heartier.
- Looks simple but pretty tasty.
- Portion size is like a small pho bowl.
- Felt a bit stingy on the meat but the broth and aroma was flavourful. Might have been because it was at the end of the day (?) and they were running low on lamb? Or they wanted you to pay $2 for "extra meat" -- see the lower right corner of the menu.
- It's advertised as "soup" but you're not getting a token amount of noodles. This is basically a light-meal bowl of noodles.
- Didn't feel it was hot or sour enough. Might be toned down for a Western clientele?
- Tasted OK.
- Price looks atrocious for what you get -- a breakfast muffin-sized toasted bun with some meat in it. But wait! -- A burger nowadays will set you back about $12-$16+, and it has only marginally more meat in its patty than a bun from Sunny Spot Cafe. So this may actually be par price.
- Pork bun didn't do anything for me but the slightly curried but not spicy-hot beef filling in the beef bun was tasty!