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

2011 Sep 12
This has become our new favourite Vietnamese restaurant. We had the pleasure to travel through the length of Vietnam a couple of years back, and this food is the closest we have experienced to what we ate in Hue, Hoi An, and Hanoi. The broth is what truly makes-or-breaks a pho, and here it is flavourful, beefy, tinged with star anise and a hint of cinammon. Wonderful!

In Vietnam I fell in love with the Banh Xeo: crispy yellow crepes filled with pork and shrimp, which you tear into pieces, wrap with mint, basil and lettuce, then dip into semi-sweet fish sauce. Huong's makes them (why every Vietnamese place doesn't remains a mystery to me) and they are fantastic. Huong's is a modest, affordable place that provides top-notch food and excellent friendly service. Recommended whole-heartedly!

2011 Jul 15
I think that Huong's seats about 30, based on the sizes of the tables. I know because I'm there now! :)

2011 Jul 10
About how many seats are in the restaurant? Thinking of going with a group. I always drag people to viet restos :)

2011 Jun 19
Things learned from our latest visit:

* Service continues to be friendly
* The Gỏi Cuốn (Summer Roll) really is one of the best in town (peanut sauce FTW!)
* Soups are their strong point
* The Jack Fruit Shake is very good; the Mango Shake not so much (tastes like mango juice with sugar, rather than fresh fruit)

2011 Apr 21
The Citizen favorably reviewed Huong's, read about it here: www.ottawacitizen.com

I really love this place, they offer a few special dishes here that are prepared differently than most other places like their banh xeo, satay soup and bun bo hue. Also their rice paper fried spring rolls are fairly unique, reminiscent of the spring rolls from Kingston's viet restaurants (which I will travel for because they're so damned good).

I wish they would bring back the bo kho - I loved it so much!

2011 Apr 20
Oh! I just realized that I had only talked about this on the Twitter. If you don't follow me, shame on you ;)

My wife and I went here a couple of months ago, and we really enjoyed it.

Given how many pho joints there are in Ottawa (not that there's anything wrong with that), it's nice to see a restaurant with some variety.

The Bun B Hue and Bnh Xo I had were heavenly. Shame about the B Kho, though. Maybe if we got enough people to go at once they'd put it back on the menu for us...


2011 Feb 2
Went back two days ago! I could not get their Tom Yum soup out of my mind.

I asked for the soup, but for a bigger size (it's on the menu, as a starter only). The sweet server came out with a bowl, asked me if that size was ok, informed me that they would put extra shrimps in it, and asked for my choice of noodles. Then said, "It'll be 8 dollars". A steal!

When that fragrant bowl of soup was placed in front of me, I was in soup heaven.

My SO had one of the soup specials, a crab paste with Udon noodles. With real crab. Very tasty.

Also tried the fresh summer rolls with shrimps. They were very good, the peanut sauce was excellent. I believe the zip in them might come from the different kinds of mint they use? Anyhow, they were delicious.

When we paid, we were asked if we enjoyed our food, and what would we try the next time! Love this place, love the food, adore the service.

2011 Jan 18
I agree with you Cinderella, the service is just amazing and so friendly. Last week I had a little cold and we ordered the soups for take out. It was so carefully and well put together, and the containers numbered so that we would know what soup it was... Medicine in a bowl.

Right before Christmas we dropped by and I also had those Jicama rolls again. They are on the Vietnamese board. They are so tasty, I commented to the owner how good and fresh everything tastes. He told me that they make the rolls fresh when they are ordered as opposed to made in advance and wrapped in plastic wrap...you can taste the difference.

2011 Jan 17
We tried this place last Thursday, since we wanted a change from our usual pho place (Pho Bo Ga La). We used to go to this location when it was called the Golden Turtle. Then, the owners sold, and it was never quite the same.

We ordered the fried rice paper rolls, the pancake appetizer, vermicelli with BBQ beef, and a small Tom Yum soup.

The soup was absolutely fabulous. I'm no Thai expert (and this is a Vietnamese place), but it had just the right mix of sour. Perfect.

The rolls were extremely yummy, and quite filling. I will make sure to try the fresh rolls next time.

Vermicelli was good, nothing special. And the pancake appetizer was fantastic. Extremely tasty.

What I loved the most was the service. Very, very attentive. The ladies were nice, explained to us how to eat the pancake, translated the "specials" menu that was in Vietnamese only, and were generally a pleasure to deal with.

Food was great, but on the basis of service alone, I'll be back!

2010 May 1
I ventured to try a few other Vietnamese restaurants but my most recent endulgence landed me back at Huong's.

The food is as good as intially reported. I noticed that they have cut down their menu somewhat- there are big covered over sections. I couldn't really tell you what they cut out but I know all of the things I liked intially are still on the menu.

The Shrimp wonton soup remains excellent, as do the summer rolls and I love the shrimp paste on sugar cane!

I was happy to see a few other tables filled in the restaurant when I went to pick up my food. I'd hate to lose this little gem.

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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.