An aromatic broth, slippery rice noodles, tender meats and revitalising herbs: Vietnamese pho is like a warming hug in a bowl. If you don’t have time to make your own pho bo or pho ga from scratch, then get yourself to one of these pho-nomenal pho providers around Australia.
Jerry Mai’s fast and fabulous canteen in the base of the Emporium, Pho Nom is our Melbourne city go-to for authentic, clean-tasting pho, made with premium ingredients such as Milawa free-range chicken and Sher Wagyu beef.
Image Courtesy: Phở Nom
For an authentic bowl of Saigon-style pho, join the queue at Pho Hung Vuong Saigon in the west Melbourne suburb of Footscray.
Image Courtesy: Pho Hung Vuong Saigon
You could spend every weekend of the year trying out Victoria Streets pho restaurants, but if you’ve got room in your calendar and belly for one bowl, head to Pho Chu The for traditional pho of perfumed broth and all manner of meats.
The heady beef pho of Northern Vietnam is the specialty of An Restaurant in Sydney’s Bankstown, a steaming, aromatic bowl layered with your choice of rare beef, brisket, flank, tendon, tripe, or all of the above!
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Regarded as one of the finest phos in Sydney, Pho Tau Bay is a no-frills eatery in Sydney’s Vietnamese heartland of Cabramatta. The famous pho bo (beef pho) is the way to go, adding handfuls of herbs, beansprouts and sliced chillies to taste.
With its Instagram-worthy murals and pretty plates of food, it’s little wonder Café O-Mai is a social media standout. Thankfully, the pho is worth the hype, plus it’s available from 7am onwards, so you can breakfast in authentic Vietnamese fashion. Like Pho Nom in Melbourne, Café O-Mai uses top-shelf ingredients, such as Cape Grim beef and Byron Bay Berkshire pork.
Image Courtesy: Cafe O-Mai
In a bright, quirky dining room reminiscent of a cool school cafeteria, PH by Pho Hung dishes up steamy bowls of goodness. Along with classic chicken and beef pho, you’ll find bun bo Hue and bun rieu, a sour pork and tomato soup.
Image Courtesy: PH by Pho Hung
For cheap and cheerful pho in the centre of the city, hightail it to Adelaide Pho, which specialises in beef pho brimming with sliced beef, slivers of white onion and a flurry of herbs.
Perth pho-natics seek out the warming bowls of beefy goodness at Tra Vinh in Northbridge. Expect a casual setting and a classic presentation of this Vietnamese signature.
From the modern décor to the dynamic atmosphere, there’s a lot to like about Mama Tran, a contemporary Viet eatery in four locations across Perth. Order the pho dac biet for the triple whammy of rare beef, beef shin and beef meatballs.
Searching for pho further afield? Read our guide to the best pho restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.
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