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Finding the Best Pho in Adelaide

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Pho from Pho Minh

I’m always on the lookout for a steamy hot bowl of beef (bo) or chicken (ga) pho. I’d like to know of more places in Adelaide. I’ve visited lots. Some have closed. Others just weren’t good enough. Let me know if there’s some I’ve missed!

I love pho. The first place I ever had it, back in 2007, was at Pho Minh, a little restaurant in a block of shops off of Days road. I’m pretty sure that is the location of the above photo. Pho Minh is fantastic. It specialises in Pho and the fresh noodles are well made. The flavour is really good as well.

Find them at: 7/86 Wilson St Mansfield Park SA 5012‎
Pho Minh on Urbanspoon

I next visited Yenlinh Vietnamese Restaurant, a larger restaurant with a range of other Vietnamese dishes. My friends loved trying other dishes they have, such as duck and chicken. The pho was still good. Nowadays people tend to go across the shopping complex to Pho 75 instead. Yenlinh is well worth a visit for more than just their pho.

Find them at: 113- 131 Days Rd Croydon Park SA 5008‎
Yenlinh on Urbanspoon

However, my favourite Pho place, because of a combination of size, patronage (always quiet, never busy), price (one of the cheapest places in town), range of dishes (something to keep everyone happy), flavour (only once or twice did they let me down in the four or so years I was going), was Pho Thanh. Pho Thanh was located on Grand Junction road, between South Road and Hanson Road, near the Shell Petrol station and next door to a billiards lounge. It closed in mid 2011, and I’ve been searching for a regular pho haunt ever since. Another of my favourites, when I was working in the city, was Charlie’s Shack, which closed some time in 2012.
Charlie’s Shack
Charlie's Shack on Urbanspoon

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Pho Bo Tai at Nghi Ngan Quan

Another place worth visiting is Nghi Ngan Quan, at Ferryden Park located inside Ferryden Plaza. The outside looks rundown but inside it’s dark decor, white walls and a few classy plants. Actually quite different from the usual white floor tiles and airy (while small) feel of pho eateries. No cheesy instrumental covers of popular ’90s singers here, but you still get the classic TV screens showing a mixture of Asian pop channels and Aussie rules football. There’s an extensive menu worth checking out and it has a great atmosphere.

Find them at: Shop 4/34 Wright St
Ferryden Park, SA.
Nghi Ngan Quan on Urbanspoon

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Disappointing Pho Bo Tai at Pho Hong Tam

Most shops were shut on a Public Holiday recently, so I went to a new place: Pho Hong Tam, next door to @Thai on Grand Junction Road. @Thai is a pretty nice Thai place, but the pho  was not tasty enough. They only do Pho and Broken Rice, but had no rice on the day either. I felt it was a pretty poor effort but obviously other people disagree, as it’s rated fairly well on Urbanspoon!
Pho Hong Tam: disappointing. Lacked flavour and had tough meat.
Pho Hong Tam on Urbanspoon

Here are some links to many of the best Pho places in town:

http://www.urbanspoon.com/nfp/336/48277/36549/1/Western-Suburbs-Vietnamese-Cheap-eats-Adelaide-Restaurants

http://www.urbanspoon.com/nfp/336/48275/36549/1/North-of-Adelaide-Vietnamese-Cheap-eats-Adelaide-Restaurants

I can vouch for most, having eaten at eight of the Western Suburbs Vietnamese restaurants. In the second list, Pho 75 and Yenlinh are places I know and like.
Pho 75:
Pho 75 on Urbanspoon

What’s your favourite pho restaurant in Adelaide?

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Pho Han

Combination broken rice & strawberry shake

Combination broken rice & strawberry shake

Pho Han makes a terrific and consistent pho. Consistency is important with Pho – no one likes a tasteless broth, and plenty of restaurants I don’t go back to let me down on my first visit.

Their combination rice is also fantastic – I love combination rice, with the yummy pork pieces – crumbed, roasted (with crunchy, salty crackling), meatloaf and pork skin noodles – on top of broken rice, with a few pickled veggies and a sunny side up egg.

While I’m usually a coconut juice fan (I love the coconut pieces and it reminds me of Vietnam and Thailand), their Strawberry Smoothie is fantastic – more sour than sweet. The iced tea (pictured below) is also a favourite because I love the jasmine flavour.

Pho at Pho Han

Pho at Pho Han

I recommend Pho Han for all your pho needs, as well as a great range of delicious dishes, and old-fashioned family service. I’ve visited this place at least 4 times in the past year and have not been disappointed.

Pho Han opened in 2012, at 93 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater.

Pho Han on Urbanspoon

 

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