Five places to eat the Best Pho in Sydney

by Khai The Kit Source November 09, 2014 23 Comments

Five places to eat the Best Pho in Sydney

You must be wondering, why is a Party Store is writing about Pho? We may not sell party supplies that hold a hot bowl of Pho but we know where to find some of the best Pho in Sydney! 

This adventure all came about after eating a bowl of delicious and therapeutic Pho in September 2014, I thought to myself - "where is the best Pho in Sydney?". Note: this list only contains the top 5 restaurants from the countless suggestions from my Facebook friends. I ate A LOT of PHO for this blog but could only choose the five I think is best, which is why others aren't listed ... 

So why should you trust my review? Firstly, I have been Vietnamese all my life and therefore have extensive experience eating this dish. I've eaten Pho in a number of major cities with large Vietnamese populations and of course from the Motherland (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi). Naturally, the best Pho belongs to a Family member (my Aunty) but since she doesn't have a restaurant, she had to be excluded from this review. I'm sure if I opened this up to non-restaurants for the "Best" Pho in Sydney, I'd be going to a lot of people's homes... 

Below is the criteria of what I was looking for. As you know, there are three critical components to the dish: the all important Broth, the essential Noodle and who can forget, the Beef. I also included Value as this takes into account the serving size, overall quality vs the cost. For this review, I ordered "Pho Tai" at each restaurant and scored each component out of 5. They are listed according to the total score. Let's find out which Vietnamese restaurant serves the best bowl of Pho in Sydney!

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Criteria - 

  1. Broth
  2. Noodle
  3. Beef
  4. Value

 

5/ Pho PHD, Marrickville

Address: 308 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00am - 9:00pm
Website and Facebook

TOTAL SCORE - 15.5/20

Broth - Broth was sweeter than usual but still had decent flavour. It was fairly heavy and didn't taste as "healthy" as Pho usually does for me.

Noodle - was soft and tasted fresh. Not bad for being at the end of the day.

Beef -  - meat quality was great, tasted fresh with relatively no fat.

Value - $11 - it did seem a little on the small side but still did the job. I was pretty hungry after playing tennis nearby.

Pho PHD

 

4/ Pho 54, Cabramatta

Address: 2/54 Park Road, Cabramatta NSW 2166
Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 7:00pm
Website: N/A

TOTAL SCORE - 16/20

Broth - Had amazing flavours and had the right consistency for me. Soup was steaming hot as it should be too!

Noodle - unfortunately the driest noodles I've ever had. This made the eating experience less enjoyable as it made it harder to swallow. Noodles are crucial as it connects the broth and the beef. Such a shame, otherwise it may have taken out the title for the Best Pho in Sydney.

Beef -  - really fresh, soft and tastes like beef should. I really appreciated the texture and size of the pieces too.

Value - - $10 - good serving size for price point. The dry noodles had a negative impact on it's overall score. On a better day, it could have easily received near perfect marks.

  

3/ Huong Xua, Canley Heights

Address: 4/219 Canley Vale Road, Canely Heights NSW 2166
Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 10:00pm
Facebook

TOTAL SCORE - 16.5/20

Broth - tasted clean and perhaps borderline to being a bit light in flavour. You can see it in the colour of the broth.

Noodle - tasted like how it should, pretty standard awesome texture...

Beef -  - good size, texture and quantity. No complaints here.

Value - $8.50 - crazy cheap in the context of other restaurants so it definitely gets full marks for this part!

 

2/ Pho An, Bankstown

Address: 22 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200
Hours: Mon - Sun 7:00am - 9:00pm
Website and Facebook

TOTAL SCORE - 16.5/20

Broth - Broth was thicker and oilier than others, which is why it tasted so good too. Loved the taste and amazed at the speed it came out.

Noodle -  - The best noodles I've had. Strange seeing that a lot of restaurants probably get it from the same place but they must have served the freshest batch for me! The preparation may have played a role in creating such a delightful texture.

Beef -  - texture of the meat was great however, the size of the pieces was a let down. Too many little bits got broken up in the soup and made it hard to enjoy solid beef pieces!

Value - $13 - I think it's decent value but compared to others, it's on the side of being expensive! Considering the size of the restaurant and the speed that the Pho comes out, you think it'd be cheaper. They're probably cashing in on their reputation.

 

1/ Me Oi, Strathfield

Address: 4/41 The Boulevard, Strathfield NSW 2135
Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00am - 10:00pm
Website and Facebook

TOTAL SCORE - 18/20

Broth - freshest and cleanest tasting Pho I've had! Could really taste the flavours and the realness of the broth.

Noodle - was served fresh and soft noodles. Loved the noodles!

Beef -  - excellent texture and taste with generous serving. The least fatty pieces of meat I've ever had from a Pho restaurant. 

Value - $12 - higher on the price range compared to others but sometimes you get what you pay. It should be noted that the serving size was bigger than others. *They just released a smaller bowl for $10 so that will suit those that want to eat less.

It's fantastic to see that Pho is well and truly LOVED in Sydney. I was surprised to find how many places were serving this wonderful dish! Looks like the newcomer "Me Oi" comes out on top in this review but it was extremely close and I thoroughly enjoyed eating all that Pho in the space of a few weeks. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal taste as some prefer different textures and consistencies to me. 

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Don't forget to like and share this post with friends. Comment below and let us know where we can get the best Pho in your city!


 




Khai The Kit Source
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23 Responses

Kelv
Kelv

February 19, 2015

LOL

Phil
Phil

January 28, 2015

Can you please review the well regarded Pho Tau Bay, and my personal favourite, Pho Ann? Both in Cabramatta.

Mim
Mim

November 14, 2014

Chicken pho at genesis Vietnamese in epping – NSW. Bloody awesome.

Spicy spiff
Spicy spiff

November 13, 2014

Thanks for your review! (Comments here are hilarious too. )Could I request you do a review of BUN BO HUE? I can’t bear ordering another dud.

Lucy
Lucy

November 13, 2014

Pho An sucks!!! The broth is not even hot enough!! I prefer Thang Long in Bankstown or Pho Tau Bay in Cabra. If u live in city and dont wanna go that far, u can go to building 234 George st, go to the underground there is a small shop in there they sell Pho for $10, taste best for me compare to all the restaurant in city, but office hours only.

JT
JT

November 12, 2014

Honestly not a accurate review of Pho, coming from a guy that says his been viet his whole life. And only ordering Pho Tai? Pho Dac Biet would of been the better choice to get an idea of the quality of ingredients they used as well.

Some great restsruants named by some of the people leaving comments and I would also recommend them. Pho Tau Bay and Pho Hien would be up there! And not seeing them on your list….SMH.

Title should be “nice places to eat Pho” then best places in Sydney.

Should try some of the restaurants in the alley ways of Cabramatta more. You’d be surprised.

Sang
Sang

November 12, 2014

Try ‘Mint’ in Burwood. Burwood rd…..Apart from my father’s pho this is the next best pho I’ve ever tried!

faye
faye

November 12, 2014

You should try the pork roll in Penrith near the outside IGA. Its quite hidden if you don’t live in Penrith but I think that its the best pork roll I’ve tasted.

Ps. I haven’t tasted cabrammatta though people say Penrith is better

Joe nguyễn
Joe nguyễn

November 12, 2014

PhD Pho is just terrible. Brought two friends, three of us couldn’t finish our meals due to over sweetened stuff.

However, maybe it was not our tastes. Anyway, not recommend.

Vinh
Vinh

November 12, 2014

Pho Hien in Canley Heights is best if you like authentic flavour and good value.

Too-bias
Too-bias

November 12, 2014

phd the broth is extremely sweet and catered for their target audience it is the most non authentic pho around. Do you know what pho is meant to be like?

Belvedieru
Belvedieru

November 11, 2014

Pho An is the McDonalds of burger juints. You only enjoy it because you don’t know any better. A gentleman with more sophisticated tastes will have his palet better served by the Bankstow Thanh Long establishment.

jihad
jihad

November 11, 2014

Pho Tau Bay is the best!

Ur rating system is dumb as well. How is $13 for a bowl of pho 4 star?

If me oi’s broth is the best u’ve had then I feel for you son.. U need to eat more pho

Shane
Shane

November 11, 2014

Not convinced we even have the best Pho in Bankstown given only Pho An mentioned! :) Having said that, I am more than happy for my favourites to remain a little anonymous.
I will read the pork roll article with interest. I have tried them from some of the usual suspects (Hong Ha, Marrickville Pork Roll) & prefer my local. Unfortuately, the lines are already well out the door with 15 min waits :)

-Pho
-Pho

November 11, 2014

Thanks for listing 5 places that sell pho in Sydney. Too bad you forgot that this is supposed to be a list of the top 5 in Sydney!

This list is wrong and miss leading. I feel sorry for those innocent visitors who come here and give “Me Oi” a try based off this post.

You suck.

WHAT
WHAT

November 11, 2014

hahaha WHAT. ME OI?!!? GENEROUS?!?! PLEASE!

dang dang
dang dang

November 11, 2014

Your rating of me oi and pho an as your top 2 (lol) shows a lack of pho credibility – missing thang long and pasteur in bankstown and tau bay in cabra. Nice troll post though – got me good.

WTF
WTF

November 11, 2014

hahaha what? Flemington has the best pork rolls Trav? you’ve got to be kidding me… head out west for something better… 100% guaranteed… the pork roll place in Flemington is a joke.

Growing up in Cabra I have to say the best Pho is out that way.. but I’m keen to try Me Oi now…

Khai
Khai

November 10, 2014

Thanks for the comments guys. I’ve received a lot of feedback from this blog and is great to see so much passion for this awesome dish!

Looks like I’ve got more restaurants to check out in the near future.

Kim
Kim

November 10, 2014

Me oi is terrible. Pho tau bay has gotta be the best in Sydney. Pho tau bay is actually located in an area that has plenty of viet critics

S
S

November 10, 2014

“Best pho” and you only order pho tai?
What a joke.

Trav
Trav

November 10, 2014

Best Pork Rolls.
Darika Bakehouse opposite Flemington station Sydney.

john
john

November 10, 2014

You are a fraud. How can you not have Pho Bay Tay on this top 5 list and somehow PHD and Me Oi are on it.

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