Every now and then I have some serious cravings for Pho. While I usually go to Thanh Thanh if I’m in the city, a few recommendations from others resulted in my first visit to Adelaide Pho. We went at Saturday lunch time and it was packed out. We had to wait in line for a table and even then someone else tried to jump the queue and snipe our table. There’s no real system of who was there first and each person could talk to a different serving staff upon arrival so there’s a lot of confusion.
Out of frustration Mr Foodie sat himself down at the next cleared table despite some “manly bloke” staring him down for it and one of the waitresses questioning our place in line. We were in no mood to compromise with such behaviour that day and simply told her to speak to guy in brown t-shirt behind counter. Moments later an apology with a sweet smile returned. Said “manly bloke” moved on to staring down another table.
It was the usual order of Rare Beef & Beef Ball Pho for me, this time with a side of Nem Nuong. The meatballs were a bit to salty and fatty for my liking but decent enough. As for the pho, I always look forward to a bowl of hot steaming soup arriving. I’m the sort that throws all the bean sprouts, basil and mint in with a good squeeze of lime then gets the sauces out for dipping. Their soup had a nice depth of flavour, was aromatic and well spiced. Noodles were fresh and the rare beef slices were tender. I found the meat servings to be on the generous side compared with other Pho places.
Don’t come here looking for a fancy dining restaurant, it’s as casual as can be and very basic. You come here for the food and reasonable prices. The beef pho was nice but it still doesn’t beat Thanh Thanh for me. As for the big question – my all time favourite place for Pho is Pho Hong Tam in Rosewater but it is so ridiculously far from me it’s an extreme rarity to set foot there.
199 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
08 8212 0997