Restaurant: Pho MC Brossard
Restaurant type: Vietnamese
Prices: $4-$10 entrées, $9.75-$28 mains, $3.95-$5.95 desserts, wine bottles starting at $22
Date: Saturday November 23rd 2019
Table of: 4
My favorite dish: bo ba mon
Since I’ve moved to Longueuil in 2018, I’ve been trying to find restaurants on the South Shore to eat at. Because I love pho so much, I’ve already tried a handful of spots; the only 2 Vietnamese restaurants in Longueuil and 2 others in Brossard, which is where the majority of Asian restaurants are (and where we should have moved to IMO lol). I tried Pho MC Brossard’s pho late spring 2019 and did not really like it, because I found it way too fatty (like waayyy too fatty, I felt like I was eating straight up beef fat). But, a lot of people told me it was their favorite and to give it a second chance, so I did and ordered the Pho tai chin nam: beef pho soup with rare beef and well-done beef flank.
Unfortunately, my opinion of Pho MC Brossard’s beef pho is the same; TOO FATTY. I actually really enjoy eating fatty things, but this is just way overboard; in the 25+ Vietnamese restaurants I’ve tried in the Greater Montreal Area and the 100+ bowls of pho I’ve eaten in my lifetime, I’ve never ever had such a fatty, greasy bowl of pho. I will definitely not be going back to Pho MC Brossard for their pho.
With that said, during my second visit, Alex and the kids ordered two other dishes which were both excellent and I would highly recommend trying. One was more uncommon than the other and I’ve never seen it on menus at other Vietnamese restaurants. That dish would be Bo ba mon – beef made three ways, served with vermicelli and fresh vegetables. Basically, this dish consists of a huge platter filled with vermicelli noodles and topped with beef made in three different ways, as well as: picked carrots, bean sprouts, fresh herbs and lettuce. This is accompanied by rice noodle sheets, so you can make your rolls, or, as Alex calls them, Vietnamese tacos lol. Not only was it a fun experience (there’s something about making Vietnamese rolls at the restaurant versus at home) it was also a really yummy one too. The beef was perfectly seasoned and grilled, and came in three different forms of enjoyment.
The other dish they ordered was Com suron bi cha hot ga: pork chop, shredded roasted pork and meat cake, served with rice, egg and salad. This dish was much more familiar, because it was basically grilled pork just like most/all restaurants offer grilled beef, chicken and shrimp. However, you won’t find grilled pork everywhere, especially restaurants that try to be “Kosher and Halal friendly”(which is like, the majority of restaurants on-island). Personally, grilled pork is one of my favorites in Vietnamese restaurants, along with grilled beef, as I find it to be one of the tastier meats. This was another huge dish, with a bunch of little components and everyone enjoyed it too.
Overall, we enjoyed a very good meal and I will go back, but I will never order their beef pho again.
So, here is my review of MC Pho Brossard:
Food: 3/5 (Good) – pho 2/5, beef and pork 4/5
Would I go back?: Yes, for anything but the pho
*All photos and comments are mine