Can I just say a big hell yeah to Vietnam for providing the world with delicious bowls of pho, rice paper rolls, banh mi baguettes and super strong coffee with condensed milk? And luckily for us Brisbanites, our local Vietnamese food game is so strong there’s no need to pine for the food you ate on holiday in Saigon, Hoi An or Hanoi.
From bustling authentic joints, to French-inspired modern Vietnamese, to all the types of pho, here’s 11 stellar Vietnamese restaurants in Brisbane that more than make the grade.
Café O Mai
Café O Mai in Annerley knows how to add a touch of luxe to their menu. Using Cape Grim grass-fed black Angus and free range chicken in their pho soups, it’s next level. Don’t leave without trying the epic five spice brisket banh mi; it’s so dang good.
As if having one of Brisbane's best Vietnamese restaurants in Annerley wasn't enough, Red Lotus sits just a few doors up from its sibling (literally), Cafe O Mai. This hot spot rules traditional Vietnamese dinners including crackling Bangalow pork, lemongrass beef vermicelli salads and wagyu beef pho. The best bit? Their cocktails–yes, cocktails–are amazing.
Quan Thanh in West End is a hot contender for the best pho in Brisbane. The steaming bowls of clear soup topped with basil, chilli and sprouts are always satisfying. Throw in a side of sauteed gai-lan greens with garlic and hot jasmine tea and you’ll be laughing.
Trang in West End is part of Brisbane Vietnamese food royalty. Known for pumping out traditional renditions of Vietnamese classics like pho and claypot fish over many years, you won’t find a better option in town.
Pho Hung in Sunnybank has rightly earned a reputation as one of Brisbane’s best purveyors of pho. The clear broth, fragrant basil and spices make their pho super soothing any time of day or night. We also love their fresh rice paper rolls with pork and prawn which are great for the gluten free among us.
Modern Fortitude Valley restaurant, Vietnam House, has an awesomely authentic Vietnamese menu including six different versions of pho and, my fave, the super fresh Green Papaya Salad. The bustling restaurant is perfect for big groups, but if you feel like eating at home in front of The Block, they also do take away.
Tan Thanh in Inala is a big favourite for authentic, well-priced Vietnamese on the Southside. TT is noted for their super quick service so you can pop in and get a bowl of steaming hot beef or chicken noodle soup on the table in a matter of minutes, which is a dream in our books.
Nom Nom Café
Nom Nom Cafe in Salisbury has set itself up as a very solid contender among Brisbane’s best Vietnamese. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this modern restaurant serves up stellar banh mi, rice paper rolls and authentic pho all day long.
My Street Food Vietnamese
My Street Food Vietnamese in Woolloongabba has lines out the door most days for their authentic street food delights. We particularly dig the banh mi in spicy lemongrass chicken and flame grilled pork, the vermicelli salad bowls topped with crispy spring rolls, and fresh pork and prawn rice paper rolls.
Mrs Luu’s Vietnamese Canteen
Mrs Luu’s in Milton is renowned as a local lunchtime favourite and with a menu that includes The Three Little Piggies banh mi with Viet porchetta and an omelette banh mi with sautéed onions, we can see why. Warning: be prepared to wait in a queue or better yet get one step ahead and stop by Bunker for a take away coffee so you can relax in the line.
You can never, ever have too many pho options which is why we embraced Phat Pho in Newstead with open arms. With a traditional menu stocked with Vietnamese specialties like Nem Nuong, Pho, Banh Mi and our fave Vietnamese Lemon Soda Chanh, Phat Pho is well on our radar.
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