Green Bamboo

Recently I’ve become aware that I’m hopelessly addicted to Vietnamese cuisine, namely the beef noodle soup. I can enjoy this fine Vietnamese bowl of noodles for lunch, dinner and even breakfast…sounds a little bit crazy but it’s true! So I’m going to share a little secret with you guys in a very special restaurant that’s close to my heart…The Green Bamboo is one of my favorite vietnamese restaurants in the city!

Pictured above: Beef Noodle Soup and Shrimp Roll

My boyfriend and I visit the “Bamboo” quite often and our usual orders include Raw beef noodle soup (#101) and Special rare beef, beef balls, Tendon, Brisket & Tripe (#100).  I find the beef soup base very light and not very oily at all like most other Vietnamese restaurant broths which leaves me to believe that they use less MSG.  We both agree that the slices of beef are always fresh and very tender but the portion sizes especially the amount of beef isn’t always sufficient for two to share.    If you don’t like the set menu options for the noodles you can also try the “Create your own Meal” alternative and pick 2 or 3 sides toaccompany your bowl of noodles which include:  (HUGE SELECTION!)

a) Spring Roll
b) Grilled Lemongrass Pork
c) Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop
d) Grilled Lemongrass Beef
e) Grilled Lemongrass Chicken
f) Grilled Vietnamese Pork Balls
g) Shredded Pork with Skin
h) Vietnamese Sausage
i) Steamed Egg Loaf
j) Sunny-Side-Up Egg
k) Bok Choy/Chinese Broccoli
l) Fried Tofu
m) Grilled Chicken Breast + $0.50
n) Grilled Lemon Grass Beef Short Ribs + $0.50
o) Grilled Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves + $0.50
p) Grilled Black Tiger Shrimps + $0.50
q) Grilled Shrimp Pate on Sugar Cane + $0.50
r) Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Shell + $3.00
s) Grilled Salmon

If you don’t feel like choosing noodles as your starch you have the choice of Vermicelli, rice, or coconut sticky rice.

On the other hand the Green Bamboo does a mean deep fried spring roll (#1) but on this trip we decided to try the shrimp roll (#2) which didn’t fare too well and didn’t make our list of  favorite rolls. The rice skin was way too thick and overpowers the ingredients inside the roll like the shrimp and pork.

Feeling more adventurous this time around we opted to try another dish outside of our usual favorites and ordered the Sweet & Sour Crab Soup with Vermicelli (#119) which was quite interesting.

Sweet and Sour Crab Noodle Soup

Sweet and Sour Crab Noodle Soup

I liked the unique crab and shrimp flavor combination and I really enjoyed the soup broth which was very very rich in seafood flavor.  The broth was made from a concentrated shrimp paste which was tasty but may be unflattering to some of you out there because of the strong shrimp content and not to mention the slight shrimp aroma that it emits.

My adventurous pick did however pay off in full when I realized it was like a bottomless supply of crab meat hidden underneath all the noodles!  It was like I was a crab fisher-woman on the Deadliest Catch (Alaskan Crab Fisherman show on Discovery Channel)!  All in all it was a great choice because we both love shrimp so it worked out great!

The Green Bamboo has a modestly small and cozy dining area which makes for an intimate atmosphere but timing for lunch/dinner may be a challenge if you’re in a rush.  Another note is that eating areas were immaculately clean and very well kept.

If you’re in the neighborhood do give Green Bamboo a try.

Address: 4219 Sheppard Ave. East
Menu: Green Bamboo Menu PDF
Price: $5 – $8
Phone: 416-292-7961
Website: www.greenbamboo.ca

Similar Restaurants:

Pho 88

Ajisen Ramen

Pho Vietnamese Delight

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  2. Nice review.

    The shrimp & crab noodles looks really spicy but I guess it’s mostly fishy tasting.

    Nice photos

    Posted by Linda | April 29, 2010, 12:24 pm
  3. Green Bamboo is alright, their portion sizes are just okay. I personally like Pho 88 at Bamburg Circle much more.

    Nice review and great images.

    Posted by Mark Huo | April 30, 2010, 2:13 am
  4. I went yesterday, i got stewed beef brisket and carrot, SMALL. FOR $7.50 I THINK I SHOULD GET MY MONEY’S WORTH. NO WHERE AROUND THE CITY SERVES SMALL FOR THAT HIGH PRICE. I GOT STEWED BEEF WITH BOILED CARROTS THAT WAS NOT STEWED BUT BOILED RIGHT BEFORE IT, IT WAS STILL HARD AS ROCK. THEN I GOT BITS OF NOODLES, NOT STRANDS BUT BITS LIKE THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX NOODLES. FOR THAT PRICE FOR THAT QUALITY? NOT MY CUP OF TEA, WORST PHO EXPERIENCE JUST B/C I PAID THAT MUCH FOR A SMALL.

    Posted by ng | November 27, 2010, 12:43 pm
  5. AND ITS $7.50 PLUS TAX = $8.48, I COULDNT TIP AFTER

    Posted by ng | November 27, 2010, 12:45 pm
    • Average prices for a small bowl of Pho are about $6.50 to $7.50.

      If you got carrots in your meal it sounded like you ordered slightly away from the standard noodle bowls.

      I agree that the portions are as not as generous as other Viet noodle places (Pho88) but Green Bamboo is still good and far from being the worst.

      Cheers,

      Posted by Sarah | November 28, 2010, 5:08 pm
  6. stewed beef always come with carrots. Many people like to order stewed beef noodles at pho places. I never enjoyed pho88, they are just the quick version, chained restaurant. Noodles can’t be soggy but my only time at green bamboo was a disaster. For 7.50 bowl of small which is actually an extra small in other restaurants is just bogus. But if done properly, and delicious, I would be happily paying for it, but not at the green bamboo.

    Posted by ng | November 30, 2010, 10:55 am
    • I’m shocked.

      Pho88 (Bamburg Circle), even though it looks like any other franchised noodle restaurants this place has a lot of character and taste.

      You can’t beat the portions and the flavor is by far the best.

      The stewed beef you’re talking about sounds like those specialty bowls and they always have a premium cost to them adding close to a dollar a bowl.

      If you hate Green Bamboo and Pho88 so much where do you recommend we go for a good bowl of Vietnamese noodles?

      Posted by Sarah | November 30, 2010, 9:53 pm