The Vietnamese have nailed it with many things in the culinary world. We’re not sure if it’s skill, luck, quality produce, or if they’re just showing off, but the fact is, Vietnam is the birthplace of some seriously good dishes. Fresh rice paper rolls. Bahn mi. Green papaya salad. Vietnamese coffee.
But the dish that they have absolutely killed it with is, of course, pho. Originating in the north of Vietnam, pho is a rice noodle soup made with broth and spices, topped with meat and vegetables, and typically finished with bean sprouts fresh mint, chilli, lemon, hoisin and chilli sauce. Sound delicious? That’s because it is.
So here are our tips for Perth’s most un-pho-gettable pho.
This place should not be called ‘Okay Vietnamese’. It should be called ‘Friggen Amazing Vietnamese That’s So Good I Want To Go Every Night’. That probably won’t fit on the sign on their door though… If you try this place out, expect a big bowl of delicious, hearty, traditional pho. Oh, and it's only $11.50. Pho-nomenal.
We love a restaurant with a quirky name, so Subiaco’s Phoever gets our vote. A relatively new addition to Subi’s dining scene, these guys have five different types of pho to choose from—our tip is the pho trio, which has beef, chicken and pork. Yay for protein.
Northbridge and Peppermint Grove
The masters of Vietnamese, the team at Lido have pho down to a fine art. You will not be disappointed.
Don’t be fooled by this fairly non-assuming suburban restaurant—they dish up some seriously good pho. So good in fact, that non-locals drive to Girrawheen specifically for a bowl of the hot tasty goodness. Definitely some of Perth's best pho. Pho reals.
This place has been delivering delicious Vietnamese to the people of Perth for a long time, and they will not let you down with their hearty soup. It's definitely some of the best pho in Perth.
Fee Fi Pho Fum
This place has 13 different types of pho on the menu, plus they’re also open from 8am, so you can have pho for breakfast like the Vietnamese do.
A bowl of pho here will only set you back $8.00. So why not get both the beef and chicken and try both?
This family-run Vietnamese restaurant has been serving up traditional dishes for 30 years, and their pho is not to be missed.
Claremont, Joondalup, Perth
While it might be a bit more hip and modern than other Vietnamese joints, Mama Tran dishes up some delicious, authentic pho. And the fact that more Mama Trans are popping up all over Perth now is a testament to just how good it is.
Don’t let the cheesy name fool you. This place does a very decent bowl of tasty, warming pho that hits the spot every time.
Pho 447 Asian Kitchen
The team who ran Dao Vien Vietnamese in Northbridge for over 23 years decided it was time for a change and have relocated to Floreat. The space is tiny, but the pho is as good as ever!
U & I Cafe
Eve had that late night pho craving? Well U & I cafe has got your back being open 24 hours so you can get your pho whenever your heart (or stomach) desires.
Phu Vinh Noodle House
From eight different types of pho to choose from, Phu Vinh Noodle House will not disappoint all you chicken and beef lovers!
Little Grill Vietnamese Cafe
From chicken to beef to prawn, the Little Grill Vietnamese Café offers pho. But they aren't the only great items on the menu - save room for dessert and order their crepes with options such as the oreos obssession or nutella surprise. Yum!
Vietnamese street food is known to be the freshest of them all and Roll'd Vietnamese is exactly that. Choose from beef, chicken, mixed beef and chicken, and mushroom and tofu (a vegetarian option—yes!).
There is nothing better than enjoying a delicious big bowl of pho whilst in a fine dining experience for authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Phi Yen not only caters to casual or business lunches, but also provides service to banquets or larger groups and celebrations. Their menu consists of only the freshest ingredients with family recipes which have been passed through generations
Want more? Check out Who's Dishing Out Perth's Best Vietnamese Food.
Okay Vietnamese | Image credit: Elle Borgward