This week we visit a few of our favourite Vietnamese restaurants, on the hunt for Melbourne best Pho!
Melbourne’s obsession with pho has grown over the past few years, with amazing Vietnamese restaurants popping up along popular strips in Richmond and Springvale, there is no shortage of places to find awesome Vietnamese Noodle Soup. We have visited some of Melbourne’s best known pho houses, as well as some hidden gems we found along the way.
This Flemington restaurant racked up the awards in 2016, it was one of Melbourne’s best cheap eats and one of the best BYO restaurants in the city Hem 27 [Shop 27, Showgrounds Village, 320 Epsom Road, Flemington] ticks all the boxes of an amazing little pho house and hawker hall. We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again a massive menu doesn’t always mean a lack of quality, especially when it comes to hawker style restaurants, and Hem 27 is no different. Begin by snacking on some bit sized gems, like the shrimp and crab net spring roll (10 pieces for only $8.80), then dive right into a massive pho… not literally, although they are huge servings.
To be known as one of the best pho houses on Victoria Street in Richmond is no easy feat, but Pho Chu The [270 Victoria Street, Richmond] has definitely secured this reputation. Don’t expect to be sitting around the restaurant for hours chatting to your friends, this fast paced joint is just that, a place to get in and get out. Though unlike other foods pho can be prepared in a very short amount of time, so don’t judge the food on the time it takes to arrive to your table, judge it on its amazing taste (and we promise it’s awesome).
Tina's Noodle Kitchen [20/30 Main St, Box Hill] is one of three fantastic noddle house owned by Tina around Melbourne, from 2003 to today the three restaurants have built a reputation as some of Melbourne’s best pho producers. The modern wooden interior of the restaurant is in contrast to most other noodle houses seen around the city, take a seat and spend some time in this little restaurant. Head in and try your hand at finishing one of their massive pho bowls!
Springvale, like Victoria Street in Richmond, is widely known for its amazing array of Asian cuisine, especially Vietnamese food and… you guessed it, even more specifically, pho. Despite the vast amount of cheap foodie options around Springvale, Pho Hung Vuong 2 [2/15 Balmoral Ave, Springvale] always has a line streaming out the door. This is because Pho Hung Vuong 2 is known as THE place for traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. Stick to the ever popular beef or chicken, or you could venture into unknown territory and try one of their ‘special’ pho made of tendons and cartilage (for those who dare!).