Jessica and I had lunch at V.I.P. Vietnamese Restaurant on a weekday at First Markham Place. Wouldn’t you believe it that even on a weekday, the parking lot of this mall is still packed — it’s crazy! I guess because there are so many restaurants and eateries here that many work people will pop in for eats during lunch time.
I remember that before V.I.P. Vietnamese Restaurant was here, it used to be another Viet restaurant, likely Pho 88. Either way, I don’t remember eating here after that so this was a great choice for lunch for the both of us.
They feature daily lunch specials for a cheaper price than their regular menu and even include a free spring roll or free drink with some of the options.
Even though I really wanted to choose a bowl of pho at this Viet restaurant (so I could judge how their pho tastes like), I opted for some rice with lemongrass chicken.
After placing the order (I requested hot lemon water instead of iced tea with lemon), the food actually arrived so quickly! It took less than 5 minutes for sure, which impressed me. They probably are used to the lunch crowd and like to serve quickly so people can dash off to work in little to no time.
Jessica’s satay beef rice noodle soup looked great! I tasted the beef and it wasn’t as terrific as I would have liked it to be (a little too rough), but the satay flavour was definitely there. Jessica said that it was quite spicy too, especially as she was eating it.
For my lemongrass chicken with rice, it came as a bigger plate than I expected. The chicken was stir-fried (and not actually fried like the menu said) with lots of onions and ample sauce that tasted a little spicy. The level of spice was actually perfect-tasting and left just the right amount of excitement in your mouth. However, I didn’t think that the lemongrass taste was there at all. It was also a little too saucy to carry the lemongrass flavour which is usually served dry.
This restaurant is more of an Chinese-inspired Vietnamese restaurant so I’m not surprised that the dishes aren’t authentic. I liked the food though and the service was excellent! I would love to come back to try more dishes. I also have to note that I felt very thirsty after the meal, which signifies heavy use of MSG in the food. Oh, and last thing — they offer free wifi! 🙂
Have you been to V.I.P. Vietnamese Restaurant before? What did you think of it? 🙂