Address: 761-763 Somerset St. West. Ottawa, ON. K1R 6R1
Phone: (613) 233-2222
What happen when you do a spontaneous one day trip to Ottawa, the capitol of Canada? The drive from Toronto is 5 hours, so when you arrive past noon, you realistically have a few hours to speed visit everything before your return trip back home. As a given, you visit the touristy places, like everything around the Parliament Hill perimeter. With a lack of plan and research, you also end up eating at the most random restaurant ever that is along the way back home.
With Chinatown Ottawa being around the corner, you just make that rash deicion of parking your car and eating at the first restaurant on the strip with fast service. Obviously, we chose the one that was busier and has more seats occupied. The more traffic, the fresher the food and better reviewed or liked. It was hard to not notice NEW Pho Ba Ga La! So, I assume there was a “not-so-new” Pho Bo Ga La or this was a relocated version of the original Pho Bo Ga La. What was with the NEW?
The decor was very practical, just wooden tables paired with black chairs lined on both sides of the restaurant. The furniture is quite worn out and sticky, like some major scrubbing is required. Pho Bo Ga La was never meant to be a high end gathering or chilling place. Evidently, they positioned themselves to be a budgetized fast food restaurant.
Well Done Beef, Slightly Fat Beef and Beel Ball Rice Noodles in Soup – Phở Chín Nạm Bò Viên (small, $9.00) is made as the name described. Pho, a simple stapled street food option in Vietnam, has gained a tonne of popularity internationally. Not only is it easy to cook, but also, with a lot of variations to differentiate it from one another. For a small size, they offered a generous amount of ingredients, making the bowl of pho filling, very tasty and satisfying. The broth was aromatic and sweet. Bonus to not being salty and thirsty after the meal. The beef was thinly sliced and had a thick layer of fat stuck to the surface, hence, it was very soft, but too well-done tough. Meanwhile, the meatballs were quite tough, and chewy. I felt like I was eating a rubber ball. The noodles was al dente but a few strands that was undercooked.
The meal was quite decent and was more than I expected, though, I did not know if I had any expectations. It was either overcooked or undercooked, but overall, it was decent enough for a fast meal.