Anh Dao Restaurant
383 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5T 2G6
Pho, a type of beef noodle soup, is the specialty of this Spadina Avenue fixture.
|Cuisine Type |||Vietnamese|
|Ambiance |||Good For Groups|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, Cash|
|Getting There |||Spadina streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Spadina and College|
|Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 12, 2009
Located in the heart of Chinatown, Anh Dao has been serving Torontonians since the early 1980s. The decor is rather plain (it's the food that matters here). Hanging plants are placed here and there. There is a smattering of Vietnamese art, including a six-foot-long mural of medieval warriors traveling by elephant. Vietnamese music is typically playing over the sound system.
Noodles Pho You
Besides being known for its beef noodle soup (pho), Anh Dao claims to serve the best barbecue pork meat balls (nem nuong) in the city. The appetizers mostly consist of shrimp and pork rolls, but there is also a papaya salad and a Vietnamese crepe with veggies and meat or seafood. Entrees are divided into several different styles. There are noodles soups, including pho, and also pork and chicken congee. Hot pots are another way to go. These dishes, a mixture of veggies and meat or seafood, are brought to your table in a steaming pot while they're still cooking. There are a variety of rice and noodle stir fries. A few of the dishes have a French twist, a reflection of Vietnam's colonial past. Among these is the fried frog legs in curry and coconut sauce.
Anh Dao serves a number of interesting Vietnamese drinks. Among them are green bean milk, pickled plum and ice, soy bean drink and a number of soda concoctions like soda and egg yolk with milk. One of the restaurant's fruit milkshakes might make a nice healthy dessert. There are at least a dozen to choose from, including mango, avocado, jackfruit, carrot, pineapple and papaya. If caffeine is more your thing, try a Vietnamese coffee.