With the cold weather making itself at home, brace yourself as temperatures drop and just about everyone you know is suffering from a runny nose. Now, here at The Urban List, we swear by this Vietnamese classic for those cold and rainy days and nights. We’ve rounded up Sydney’s best pho so you’re braced and ready to fight when winter attacks.
The holy Mecca of pho restaurants in Sydney, An Restaurant delivers supersized bowls of piping hot rice noodles in broth within minutes of ordering. With both beef and chicken options on the menu, don’t be afraid to add on. They might not be the cheapest bowl around town, but it’s sure worth the taste and speedy service.
Parramatta, Blacktown and Haymarket
Pho Pasteur produces traditional Vietnamese for hungry, hungry locals. Their broth, both chicken and beef, is rich and flavoursome already without the addition of torn basil, fresh crunchy bean sprouts and that final dash of lemon. Try not to fill up on their spring rolls while you wait, because their pho is a show-stopper.
Pho Tau Bay
Located in Asian cuisine heaven, Pho Tau Bay is a family-run restaurant in Cabramatta that has continued to deliver for over 25 years. Featured on SBS documentary, Once Upon A Time in Cabramatta, Pho Tau Bay delivers the classic with the array of sauces and condiments that one can mix to their liking. Bowls arrive with steam floating above, beef stock hot and ready to cook the rare sliced beef. For a quick and cheap feed, make sure you head over to this golden joint.
Great Aunty Three
Enmore and Surry Hills
Great Aunty Three is the aunt that you get excited for every time she comes around cause you know she delivers the goods. Located in both Surry Hills and Enmore, Great Aunty Three’s pho is just like a warm hug on a cold winter day, but better. The family owned and operated restaurants sources fresh and local produce. With the family recipe being passed on from generation to generation, you can feel the love and care in every bite.
With two locations under its belt, PHD serves up Vietnamese classics in a modern setting in Marrickville. It’s not just pho they offer, but also fan favourites like pork chop and rice and egg noodle with crispy skin chicken. Can’t be bothered to leave the house? PHD also deliver so order that take out and prepare to binge on Netflix and food.
Pho Huong Xua
Located in the suburb just across from Cabramatta, Pho Huong Xua brings an epic 2.5kg pho challenge to the table. Finish the epic bowl in under 11 minutes and the meal is free, and bowl yours to keep. But if you’re more of a slow and steady eater, pho is $7 on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Make sure you save room for crunchy and golden spring rolls also!
Another Cabramatta gem, Pho 54 brings fresh bowls of pho to the table, delivering on taste and service every time. The restaurant is slightly larger than a living room, and staff are ready to take your orders when you’re seated. Not sure about what you want? Their billboard style menu offers the classics and everything is bound to be a hit.
Pho Gia Hoi
CBD, Eastwood and Canley Heights
If you’re in Sydney CBD, it can be quite difficult to travel down to the Inner South West for a bowl of oh so delicious noodle soup. But don’t fear, Pho Gia Hoi have three locations—George St, Eastwood and Canley Heights—which means that no matter where you are, you’ve got access to the pho gods.
Old Thanh Huong
For a good old, no frills, snappy feed that still hits the spot, Old Thanh Huong is the place to go. With their standard fit out that involves chopsticks on the table and boxes of tissue alongside, the restaurant leaves plenty of room for food on the table. Their bowls of steaming noodle soup are brought to the table alongside the fresh herbs and condiments. If you’re looking to try something different—Old Thanh Huong offer crocodile on the menu.
For upmarket pho, head to So 9 in Waterloo for your fix. Take a seat in their beautiful space (you may even get some home inspo while you’re there) and choose from one of a number of noodle soup options. We love the classic pho tai with rare beef slices, and the chicken version is basically the Vietnamese equivalent of a super comforting chicken soup.
Tre Viet Restaurant
Specialising in pho and other traditional Vietnamese dishes, Tre Viet is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Newtown. The beef pho is served with slices of cooked beef and juicy slices of raw beef that poach in the steaming hot broth. The dish is accompanied by a basket of Thai basil, bean sprouts and lemon wedges because we all know half the fun of eating pho is adding all the toppings.
CBD and Surry Hills
Prepared with an 8-hour secret broth, Madame Nhu's pho features goodies like Tasmanian grass-fed brisket, sesame tiger prawns and roasted duck. This is also the only place in the city to serve spicy-style pho from the Lang Son province, complete with chilli (LOTS of chilli), pickles and peanuts to sprinkle on top
This place understands that variety is the spice of life and we need options, always. The menu features six different types of pho, all made with either their 12-hour braised chicken or beef broth. You’ll be able to ditch all possibility of foodie phomo (geddit?) because they even offer sample sizes so you can taste your way through the menu before locking in your order.
Calling all uni students and commuters alike, Fast Pho is all about simple, authentic Vietnamese food, and fast. And FYI, that’s exactly what they are delivering. The whole menu is worth a try and as an added bonus, most of it’s even under $10 because they understand your budget baller needs. Our pick is the beef pho because it’s a damn classic.
VN Street Foods
If authentic Vietnamese Street Food is on your mind (only alswyas), head on down to VN Street Foods in Marrickville. Their menu has four delish Pho dishes to choose from including a Hanoi-style pan-fried beef noodle which is as crispy and delicious as it sounds. Oh, and everything is very reasonably priced too #score.
If you’re a Pho lover, and we’re guessing you are seeing as you’ve made it this far down the list, you may have already heard of Hello Auntie. This spot is a Vietnamese fusion restaurant serving both traditional and contemporary dishes. For lunch or dinner, their Pho-tastic menu has got you more than covered. Our pick is the Pho dac biet, made with thinly sliced black Angus beef, meat balls, braised brisket torched beef short rib, and fresh rice noodles in beef broth. So basically beef on beef, on beef.
Alexandria & Marrickville
In two locations across Sydney, Nguyen Brothers is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant decked out with polished floors, exposed brick walls and cute suspended basket lanterns. They Pho-sure know how to make a seriously good bowl of Pho, with a bunch of noodle soups on the menu as well as steamed tapioca dumplings and a grilled pork roll to boot.
Eat Fuh pride themselves on turning pho lovers into FUH-natics and we can safely say they’ve done their job well. With the choice of chicken, beef or vegan pho, there’s a noodle soup to suit everyone’s preferences and every bowl comes with a bunch of delish sides and garnishes including cinnamon, ginger, coriander, basil, shallots and sprouts.
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