Feeling sick? Pho is the answer. It’s cold? Pho. Hungover? Pho. The clear Vietnamese noodle broth topped with basil and a dash of lemon is the OG cure-all dish for all occasions.
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 9 of Brisbane’s best pho soups.
New to Brisbane’s Vietnamese food scene Phat Pho in Newstead has people queuing out the door for their pho soup hit. Serving up the traditional beef pho and chicken pho, this is also a good spot to get some super strong Vietnamese coffee.
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.
Pho Hung in Sunnybank has rightly earned a reputation as one of Brisbane’s best purveyors of Vietnamese noodle soup. The clear broth, fragrant basil and spices make their pho super soothing on a cold night.
Trang in West End is part of Brisbane pho royalty. Known for pumping out a classic rendition of pho over many years, you can’t find a better option in town.
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.
Nha Hang Thanh Quyen
True Vietnamese food aficionados head straight to Nha Hang Thanh Quyen in Darra for an all out pho feast. Traditional pho with all the trimmings–chilli, lemon, sprouts and basil–make it a winner.
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.
Lively Fortitude Valley restaurant, Vietnam House, has a pho-bulous pho menu including rare beef, special beef, chicken and vegetarian options. If you want to double up on hot soups, the seafood laksa makes a great second course.
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