April 8, 2012

Golden Elephant

Golden Elephant is just around the corner of where I live, and yet I don't come here very often at all. In fact, the last time I came was more than 4 years ago.
I find that Vietnamese drinks are always so playful and fun! Initially, we intended to share a three-coloured bean drink ($3.20) with red kidney beans, yellow mung beans, green jelly strips and coconut milk. After it arrived, I didn't feel like sharing, so Jeremy ordered himself an iced black jello drink ($2.99). The drinks were quite filling themselves, especially with all the beans! Luckily, we didn't order a lot of food that evening.
I love Vietnamese spring rolls ($4.49), and these were pretty tasty, although not extraordinary. I also demolished all the vegetables on the plate.
Golden Elephant's version of pho- Vietnamese noodle soup ($6.49) with raw beef and beef balls. The menu allows you to pick the size and your own toppings, which I appreciate because I don't always love all the standard toppings. Unfortunately, the noodles were slightly overcooked, resulting in a mushy texture (although still tolerable). The broth itself was a tad oily, in my opinion, and Jeremy thought there was too much MSG. It wasn't bad, by any means, but it just wasn't the best I've had.
I would come back out of convenience because I literally live 2 minutes away from this place. The restaurant is clean, comfortable, and the food is decent. But pho connoisseurs (and I'm not one) would probably prefer other Vietnamese food options around this area.
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