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!
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.
Address: 2/54 Park Road, Cabramatta NSW 2166
Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 7:00pm
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.
Address: 4/219 Canley Vale Road, Canely Heights NSW 2166
Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 10:00pm
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!
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.
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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