In our opinion you can’t beat a steamy, spicy bowl of pho when you’re in need of some internal warming. Feeling sick? Pho is the answer. It’s cold? Pho. Hungover? Pho. This beefy Vietnamese noodle broth is like a big warm hug for your insides and cheap as chips, making it the OG cure-all dish for any occasion.
Thankfully, Brisbane’s Vietnamese food game is strong and we have a whole heap of good quality pho options that mean you can tap into this Vietnamese wonder soup wherever you are in town.
Here's our roll call of where to get Brisbane's best pho.
Nom Nom Cafe
Nom Nom Cafe in Salisbury is the dark horse contender among Brisbane’s best pho soup. I love the piping hot clear broth, the generous serving of tender meat and the contrast of the crunchy sprouts on top. Nom Nom also provides pho for take away which is damn nifty when you want to enjoy your dinner in front of MasterChef.
On the Southside, Tan Thanh in Inala is a big favourite for authentic, well-priced pho. The best bit? The fast service means that you can pop in and get a bowl of steaming hot beef or chicken noodle soup on the table in a matter of minutes.
Little Saigon Grill
Pho is Little Saigon Grill’s house specialty, which is saying something because this little Vietnamese wonderland does everything well. Silky fresh rice noodles in a beef broth with your choice of toppings: that’s lunch done.
Van Vietnamese Restaurant
True Vietnamese food aficionados head straight to Van Vietnamese in Darra for an all out pho feast. These guys know what's up, dishing out big ole bowls of tasty and traditional pho with all the trimmings to warm your little heart.
If you want a truly authentic bowl of pho, drop by Pho Hung in Sunnybank's main market square. This institution has rightly earned a reputation as one of Brisbane’s best purveyors of pho - super soothing on a cold night.
The big brother restaurant of Café O Mai, Red Lotus in Annerley also packs a punch with their pho offering. The huge bowls mean you’ll never go hungry. May we suggest a counterpoint for Red Lotus’ warming pho? Their 'soda chanh' is a deliciously tangy Vietnamese lemon soda that sets off the soup nicely.
Vietnam Corner BBQ Restaurant
Another Sunnybank favourite, Vietnam Corner BBQ Restaurant is gloriously nondescript; grabbing a bowl of pho from Vietnam Corner BBQ Restaurant feels legit, and the authentic pho they’re dishing up is the real deal.
Café O Mai
Café O Mai in Annerley knows how to add a touch of luxe to pho. Using Cape Grim grass-fed black Angus in their beef pho and free range meat in their chicken pho, it’s a cut above. Vegetarians are taken care of too: the pho with tofu, mushroom, carrot and Asian greens is a winner.
A Brisbane Vietnamese restaurant with a good dose of laid back appeal, Quan Thanh’s pho bowls are the stuff of Brisbane soup legend. Known for pumping out a classic rendition of pho over many years, you can’t find a better option in town. Get you some.
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