Vietnam is the birthplace of some seriously tasty dishes: fresh rice paper rolls, banh mi, green papaya salad, Vietnamese coffee, the list goes on. But the dish we can't get enough of is, of course, pho.
From swanky eateries to hidden gems, we’ve eaten our way around town to tell you where to find some of the best pho on the Gold Coast. Here is your hit list.
Quan 55 & Bar
Southport’s eclectic foodie scene has its fair share of ethnic delicacies. And Vietnamese is no exception. Fusing a strong Indochinese influence with a touch of French flair and traditional Vietnamese flavours, Quan 55 & Bar will take you on a culinary journey around the world. Rich and wholesome, their steaming beef pho comes with a selection of marinated beef brisket, melt-in-your-mouth beef balls, slices of rare beef, all freshened up with Vietnamese mint. Then wash it all down with The Mekong, gin, soda, watermelon and lime.
Can Tho Kitchen
Northerners in search of a delicious bowl of steaming pho needn’t look further than Runaway Bay’s Can Tho Kitchen. A long-standing family-run restaurant, Can Tho (pronounced Gung Turh) was named after the southern Vietnamese city which the family fled from in 1981, following the war in Vietnam. Can Tho’s moody interiors, decor and street-food vibes are thanks to head foodie, Vien who grew up helping out in the kitchen and now runs the joint with his wife Thao and young family. While the style is funky, the pho recipe sticks closely to tradition with star anise and cinnamon broth, sliced beef and tender brisket, topped with crunchy bean sprouts, basil, and lime.
My Saigon Tuckshop
Burleigh’s hidden hot spot is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. While it might not have the moody lighting and sleek interior of some restaurants, the food at My Saigon Tuckshop is hands-down some of the best Vietnamese you’ll find on the Coast. And the pho? Delicately balanced, flooded with flavour and all finished off with traditional Vietnamese herbs. Well worth the detour from Burleigh’s bustling coastline.
While we love every single item on the menu at Burleigh favourite Jimmy Wahs, their Pho is absolutely one of the best we’ve tasted. While the eatery loves to put a modern twist on the classics they’ve kept the flavour and spirit of Pho true. Think pork larb, thick rice noodles, choy sum, garlic chive and peanuts. While you’re there, order one of their flavour-packed banh mi rolls or the duck breast rice paper rolls to start and you’ll leave pretty pleased with yourself.
Eddy + Wolff
A newbie to the GC foodie scene, Eddy + Wolff is an intimate 22-seat Asian bar cooking up delicious, modern eats. While we’re seriously impressed with everything on their concise menu, you can’t go past their signature ‘Baby Pho’. What makes it stand out from the rest? The 48-hour simmering bone broth which comes from an old school family recipe passed down from way back. It comes with a side of charred bone marrow which we suggest you scoop into the bowl for an epic flavour hit.
L’Viet Palais Restaurant
Located just off the Gold Coast Highway, L’Viet Palais Restaurant is all about homestyle cooking with traditional Vietnamese flavours. Think steaming bowls of Pho that you can customise to suit your taste buds. Choose from thinly sliced, melt-in-your-mouth veal, juicy meat balls or lemongrass chicken. Our suggestion? Order a bowl and the a bunch of sides like the grilled quail and the king prawn salad with lotus stems and roasted peanuts.
We know, it’s hard to go past all those tempting, fancy restaurants lining the streets of Broadbeach, but when you’ve got your mind set on pho, there’s really no shaking it. Our go-to when in Broady? The bowls of fragrant pho (beef, chicken, or pork) coming out of O-Me-Ly that are always oh so fresh and tasty. Quick service and a no-nonsense fit out make for a cheap lunch or dinner option—get yourself some today.
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