Cơm Dĩa (rice with grilled meat) at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Won Ton Soup at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bn - Vermicelli at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bn - Vermicelli at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bn B Huế at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bn Riu at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Satay Soup at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bn B Huế at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bnh xo at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Satay Soup at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Satay Soup at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Cơm Dĩa (rice with grilled meat) at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Satay Soup at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Papaya Salad at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Satay Soup at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bnh xo at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Cơm Dĩa (rice with grilled meat) at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Bn Riu at Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Foods from Huong's Vietnamese Bistro
Comments

2009 Oct 29
This is my new favorite place for Vietnamese. Came here last night and had the Beef Satay soup: Vietnamese cold weather comfort food! We also shared a special rice roll with fried Jicama, omelette, sausage and other goodies with hoisin sauce all wrapped up ready to eat. It was delish and only $3.50 for 2 rolls! The place is very clean and our server was attentive and very passionate about the food served. A first for me in a Pho place. Will be back as often as possible.

Note: Huong's is the one on the upper level of the building, not the basement.

2009 Sep 28
Just had the thit bo kho... basically the Vietnamese version of beef bourguignon (wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kho), extremely rich broth, huge chunks of extremely tender beef (fat included, but melt in your mouth good), big chunks of carrot and potato, noodles, sliced raw onion and cilantro. Amazing dish for $7, could probably feed two people if sharing an appetizer. It was the perfect dish for a crisp autumn-like night - would have been amazing with a piece of baguette to sop up the broth and a glass of red wine or Guinness. Highly recommended for those who love Vietnamese food but haven't tried much else other than pho or vermicelli.

2009 Jul 28
I'll echo the awesomeness of the satay soup. Seriously good, very nutty. I did not find it as spicy as some. And oh yeah the paper rolls were delish and definitely freshly made.

2009 Jul 10
Best Vietnamese in Ottawa. The soup broth is unique and totally addictive. Stick to Pho and wraps and you are golden. The omelette appetizer is amazing. Ask for instruction on eating things and they taste way better. It's simple food but the procedure can make a huge difference. The guy with the hat is super friendly and will tell you anything you want to know.

2009 Jun 9
I had to try this place out after reading the review on the satay style soup - it's one of my favourites. Lots of great menu choices here, including the Vietnamese style egg crepe & bo kho (Viet style beef stew, rarely see it on the menus in Ottawa). The tea they serve is really good, a little stronger than most places. We ordered the veggie spring rolls to start, they were perfectly shaped, hot & fresh, very tasty. Both of the soups (BBQ chicken with egg & rice noodles & Chicken satay with rice noodles) we ordered were really tasty, and generous if you're ordering any appetizers. Service here was very prompt and friendly. Dinner for 2, including an order of spring rolls and a drink came out to $25, very reasonable! I will definitely be back to try the bo kho!

2009 Jun 8
Always a fan of good Vietnamese food, I was excited to try this new restaurant. The first good sign was a clipping of Pan Bagnat's OttawaFoodies review in the window. :-)

After reading the reviews here, we went mostly with dishes that had been recommended:

A3. Rice Paper Style Spring Rolls with Shrimp, Pork, Crab Meat & Vegetables
A4. Shrimp Rice Paper Wraps (2 orders)
S3. Shrimp Wonton Soup
N1. Spicy Satay Beef soup with Rice Noodle
R9. BBQ Chicken, Beef & Shrimp on Rice

This was a good feast for our family of four (the kids don't eat much) and came in at under $40 without tip.

The Rice Paper Spring Rolls were just as Pan Bagnat described, and the "bit of zip" was mild enough that my spice-wary kids liked them just fine.

The BBQ meat with rice was as good as most other Vietnamese restaurants but the rice was nothing special (more like plain Chinese steamed rice than the usual slightly glossy Vietnamese rice). That said, I sure appreciated having some of the rice to help neutralize the spiciness of my satay soup!.

Service was genuinely friendly and generous -- our server was taking care of the entire dining area and was happy to tell us about the food and answer any questions.

The whole experience was very positive and we will definitely be back! My only concern is that the dining room was quite empty on a Sunday evening... I'd really like to see this place survive because it offers good Vietnamese food at exceptional value.

2009 Jun 6
So I ordered take out from here again. The more I try other Vietnamese restaurants in the city, the more I realize what a gem this one is.

This go around, I stuck with some of the dishes I ordered the first time and then threw in a couple new ones.

I ordered shrimp salad rolls and pork salad rolls. These were some of the better versions I have had in the city. They were chock full of fresh herbs and freshly made. I can tell because the rice papers were somewhat warm from the water used to soften them. The shrimp comes with a tasty peanut sauce and the pork comes with a nuoc mam dip. Finally, some salad rolls with some life to them!

I also tried the rice paper wrapped, fried spring rolls. These things are egg roll sized and very meaty, filled with pork and shrimp. They also had a slight zip to them. Definately order these over the traditional spring rolls which weren't bad but they weren't amazing either.

For those that are more adventurous, they have some really funky, colorful desserts on their menu.

2009 May 25
Went to Huong's Vietnamese Bistro for lunch. Have since gone several times. The satay soup is amazing! Either beef or chicken, prefer the beef satay soup though. The rare beef soup is especially flavourfull, I think they must have the premiere Ottawa soup guy working there. I also enjoyed the rice dishes, rice with bbq chicken or with bbq beef. The bbq is done very nicely and the flavour of each ingredient really comes through. Prices are very very good and the service is very friendly. Overall I would highly recommend this new restaurant.

2009 May 8
Checked this place out for a change. It's located across the street from New Mee Fung.

The restaurant decor is nothing special but better than the typical Somerset restaurant.

Their menu is a little more interesting than some of the other Vietnamese places that I have tried.

I ordered the Vietnamese pancake with shrimp and pork which was very tasty- almost a cross between Korean pancake(not spicy though) and egg foo yung (with respect to the abundance of bean sprouts. The owner convinced me that it's better to have it fresh from the kitchen as opposed to take out (as I was having) as it loses it's crispiness. I understand that's the risk with any sort of take out fried foods. It's nice to see that the owner is concerned about serving a quality product.

I ordered some deep fried spring rolls which were OK. Nothing particularly distinct about these.

I have no idea what possessed me to order shrimp wonton soup, but I did and it was terrific. The Vietnamese flavors in the soup were a nice change from the usual Chinese versions. There were a lot of shrimp wontons. They were very good and quite delicate texture wise.

My last dish was Shrimp on sugar cane, BBQ pork, and BBQ meatballs on Vermicelli (Bun). This dish was great. Nice fresh ingredients, juicy grilled pork- (yeah no H1N1 phobia here). The shrimp on sugar cane was delish!

Prices seem about average. Service is friendly and helpful. I was given a nice hot cup of jasmin tea while I waited. They also gave me an abundance of extra lettuce, herbs and sauces.

I'd definately hit this place again.

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2018 Mar 11
Another great deal. $9 for grilled pork, pork meatballs and shrimp on a bamboo stick on vermicelli noodles and vegetables. Mix in the fish sauce, a bit of hoisin and hot sauce, and its perfect. It is one of the best in town.

2017 Sep 3
The Bn Chả Gi Tm ($9) was tasty and hit the spot! Lots of crunchy bean sprouts and lettuce, vermicelli, a spring roll, ten tasty tm (shrimp). Stirred up with the nước chấm dipping sauce, this made for a wonderful light dinner.

If you don't want meat, you can get bn with just spring rolls for a mere $7.50. A steal to be sure!


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2013 Oct 6
the bnh xo remains as big as ever in Huong's new digs! a must-have app to share when you're here. pro tip: ask for a couple of extra leaves of lettuce.

2011 Nov 27
You guys weren`t kidding. What a dish! It`s now on my short list of best eats in Ottawa...

2011 Jun 22
So Good, and very crispy.
Tastes just like mamas.
Almost... haha :)

2010 Oct 27
The banh xeo at Huong's is big, ultra crispy and delicious! It doesn't seem to have coconut milk in the crepe batter like some that I've had in the past, but that's ok! This iteration is loaded with shrimp & pork, bean sprouts, shallots, then comes with mint, basil, lettuce, fresh bean sprouts, carrots & cucumber to garnish it with and some fish sauce to dip it in. One of my fav meals of all time, now it will be hard to decide between Huong's Bun Bo Hue, Bo Kho, Satay soup or the banh xeo! I love this place!




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2015 Oct 9
A truly rich and delicious implementation of one of Vietnam's best soup meals. Still incredible!

2014 Jun 12
When I saw Bn B Huế on the Specials board I absolutely had to try it. As usual, Huong's did not disappoint. This is a spicy and lemongrassy soup with more robust and pungent flavours than the Bn B Huế I've had elsewhere in Ottawa. Delicious to the last spoonful.

If you love Bn B Huế, you owe it to yourself to try this one.




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2014 Aug 29
I said it before and I'll say it again.

Spicy .. beefy ... slurpy ... goodness.

.... and I like their new location. Fresh, clean and full of mirrors !

Don't for get to rub Buddha's belly on the way out. It'll bring you wealth and good luck.

2013 Oct 6
mother of god! strongly echoing the recommendations on the satế soup at Huong's. this stuff is effin' incredible (yeah that's right). for the record the dish is listed under the Hủ Tiếu section of the menu.

as previously noted, it is stew-like in thickness/richness and very different than other Vietnamese satay-style soups in the city. it is spicy, but not overpoweringly so. the well rounded depth of flavour will knock your socks off and the consistency with the ground nuts and sesame seeds is really just sublime. think Vietnam's take on a hearty chili! that's the best way i can describe it.

very impressive and really just one of those gems you may not have found without the Ottawa Foodies community (i know everybody has a short list of these).

2013 Sep 27
Huong's Vietnamese Bistro has reopened in the former Honore Bakery location on Booth. It is newly renovated (not super fancy but new and clean) and a bit bigger than before. We had the Vietnamese pancake with rice paper (on recommendation by the server) dipped in fish sauce and wrapped with lettuce, bean sprouts, marinated carrots and cucumber. Yes, one of Ottawa's better appetizers for $8!!

Then hubs and I both had the Spicy Satay Beef rice noodle soup. Never had anything like this in any Vietnamese restaurant in Canada. Thick, saucy soup. Could have been a little spicier. The beef came out nicely against the satay soup with thin slices of onions. Yum!

Attached is a picture to show what us inside the soup! :)

2012 Dec 28
The Hu Tieu Sate is so flavourful here! This one didn't seem as spicy as usual, but that might be because it had cooled by the time we got to it. I already described it here when I first tried it so I won't repeat myself. Suffice it to say that my Vietnamese friend was impressed with it.

2012 Dec 17
Another bowl.

Spicy .. beefy ... slurpy ... goodness.

Great on a cold winter's day.


2011 Apr 20
The satay soup here is excellent, like nothing termed "satay" that I have had in the other Chinatown Pho joints...if you are looking for a variation on Pho, this is a great way to go, very filling, not too spicy and with great depth of flavour.

2009 Jun 9
Had the satay soup - was really, really tasty and very rich and filling. It was spicy (not overkill), loaded with chilis and maybe even some chili oil. As previously noted, the broth here is more stew-like, quite thick and thickened with finely ground roasted peanuts along with other ingredients. This had rice noodles in there along with some sliced onion, tomato, cilantro, and green onion. I had it mine with chicken (was sliced white chicken meat), was able to finish about 2/3's of a bowl after eating some spring rolls and I was done in. This is definitely Ottawa's best satay style soup that I've had - I'm glad I have leftovers for my lunch tomorrow!

2009 Jun 8
Our server assured me that the Satay Soup at Huong's is the real thing. He said only one other restaurant in Ottawa serves it, and some internet research indicates to me that this is a sought-after dish that is quite hard to come by in our corner of the world.

It is nothing like the (admittedly delicious) satay-style soups you find at most Pho restaurants. For starters, the broth is not a clearish chicken one but is instead a rich, slow-simmered beefy broth. It has been thickened with an assortment of ground nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts, and sesame seeds if I remember correctly), onion, garlic, tomato, and chilis. It rates quite high on the spiciness scale and has an impressive depth of flavour. The nuts and chilis make it quite a rich dish, which may be best shared with someone else as part of a meal. There is a choice of chicken or beef in the soup; I opted for the beef and was pleased to find a generous number of thin (pho style) beef slices.

If you like Malaysian curries you will absolutely love this soup! Those with a good spice tolerance will delight at the savoury symphony that results when this soup dances the tango on your tongue.




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2018 May 5
My daughter had the wonton soup. Nice homemade style wontons with a bit of vegetables in a hot, flavourful broth.

2009 Jun 8
A nice portion of light broth with some strips of leafy yellow cabbage and eight small shrimp dumplings. We shared it four ways (and were provided 4 little bowls and spoons unasked). I'm already dreaming of my next visit where I'll be tempted to feast on an entire bowl of this soup followed by the still-untried Crispy Seafood Noodle (Mi Xao) dish.




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2018 May 5
The grilled beef, grilled chicken and grilled shrimp with rice was fresh and tasty. The grilled chicken was my least favourite. It was a little too marinated. The side of marinated cabbage and shredded cucumbers was a nice touch.

2012 Dec 28
One of the fun things about dining with someone born and raised in Vietnam is when they point out the discrepancies. For example, the "La Lot" in the "Com Bo La Lot" turned out to be "Tia To". Thus, Betel Leaf Wrapped Beef Roll on Rice turns out to be Vietnamese Perilla Wrapped Beef Roll with Rice. ;-)

Anyway, these crispy little cylindrical ground beef and glass noodle meatballs derived more of their flavour from the salty-sweet marinade than from their snug and leafy cocoons. They are a wonderful alternative to the ubiquitous grilled lemongrass beef.

2011 Jun 19
At $8, this is a pretty incredibly priced meal! The rice is perfect and the meat is fairly tasty, although not as well grilled as I've had at other places. My plate (pictured here) included BBQ beef and pork chop. The pork chop was terribly disappointing, but I admit to having been spoiled by the late Mee Xim . Wifey had BBQ beef, BBQ chicken, and BBQ shrimp.

So the quality is not great but the value is fantastic!




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2009 Jun 8
The Shrimp Rice Paper Wraps (aka Goi Cuon / Summer Rolls / Salad Rolls) were of very good quality, freshly prepared and containing a good ratio of vermicelli, lettuce, mint, and meat. The 4 separate bowls of peanut dipping sauce were a nice touch (most places give you one per order).




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2011 Feb 17
The bo kho is off the menu now! I spoke with the owner, apparently too many people complained about the fattiness of the beef... so disappointing! I'll have to keep working on my bo kho recipe at home, very close to Huong's!





2012 Dec 28
I had the honour of lunching here with a friend who was born and raised in Vietnam. Apparently, my pronunciation of dishes in Vietnamese needs a lot of work! :-)

We started with the mild but minty-fresh Green Papaya Salad with Vietnamese Beef Jerky. Paper-thin julienned strips of cured beef adorned a haystack of green papaya and shredded mint leaves. Chopped peanuts added richness and crunch, while a side bowl of nuoc cham added saltiness and umami complexity. Highly addictive!





2015 May 15
Less garlicky, smaller fried tofu, and still not very spicy, the bn riu cua has changed a bit since I first had it here 4 years ago. A few tasty blobs of brown crab meat and lots of slippery thick rice vermicelli. I loaded all the shredded lettuce into the bowl along with the basil. Very nice for a change in my routine!

2011 May 29
Enjoyed a bowl of bn riu cua after reading about it on Anne DesBrisay's review (www.ottawacitizen.com).

The soup was good, although I don't remember details. It was less spicy than I expected but quite garlicky.

I was there just a few days after the Citizen review was published and the place was hopping! Like Momomoto, I had already posted my photo to Twitter (twitter.com) and didn't remember to put it here until now.