Mini Growl Review: Pho Xic-Lo Vietnamese Noodle House Birthday Bash

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Lisa M.

Pho Xic-Lo Vietnamese Noodle House Birthday Bash

By Lisa M.


I was incredibly blessed to celebrate my birthday this year at my favourite restaurant with an amazing group of women who have come to mean the world to me.

We met up at Pho Xic-Lo Vietnamese Noodle House (1750 Wyandotte Street West) on September 29, 2012, a few months after the official Growl, giving those who missed the dinner in June a chance to try out some Vietnamese fare.

As usual, my menu recommendations were requested, and many of the group opted for my singular favourite, a dish that has a little bit of everything – spring roll, grilled pork, minced shrimp on sugar cane, and spiced pork – nestled on a bed of rice vermicelli.

VietnameseThe food lived up to its hype, being fresh, tasty, and plentiful. There was some confusion over our order, as some of the servers speak little English, so when dishes were brought to the table it wasn’t always readily apparent whose order had just arrived. My recommendation for a first visit is to dine with a small group or with someone very familiar with the food. The menu has plenty of colour pictures in it so you can see what you are ordering.

As a special birthday treat, the owner brought over the popular “three colours drink” for dessert. Layered with kidney beans, mung beans, pandan jelly, coconut, and crushed ice, it honestly was the most vile thing I’ve ever tasted. I think I’ll happily stick to my jack fruit shake from hereon out.

Thankfully, the majority of their menu is filled with delicious food items to satisfy any palate. Just be careful what your adventurous side introduces you to and read the menu descriptions!

growla2After dinner we headed down to the riverfront to smash open our papier-mâché piñata mascot and laughed so hard our sides ached. Thanks to Sylvia V. and Kelly W. for the party favours of candy, gum, pens, socks, and Canadian Club that made my birthday a night to remember!

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  • Sylvia V February 27, 2013, 12:50 pm

    It was a night to remember and cherish.
    I order something different each time I go to Pho Xic-Lo because I like the surprise and I am never disappointed!

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  • Laurel R.
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    February 27, 2013, 2:33 pm

    That was such a fun evening – I really enjoyed celebrating your birthday with you and the girls (and meeting a couple of new friends, too). The food was delicious, as always. Love Pho Xic-Lo! Too bad Growla had to be destroyed… but her memory lives on!

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  • Julie B. March 2, 2013, 1:45 pm

    That was the first time I was there, it was a fun night celebrating your birthday! I’ve gone back several times since. I tried the mango salad last time along with my usual #68- it was delicious!

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