Adelaide Pho is a newly opened Vietnamese Restaurant on Waymouth Street in the city's West End. If the menu seems a little familiar, it might be because the owners used to be part owners of Thanh Thanh near the Central Markets. There are plenty of familiar items on the menu, but Adelaide Pho stands strongly on its own two feet.
Their specialty is their beef noodle soup, or pho bo. There is a page worth of options like combination, fresh sliced beef, beef meatball, cooked beef, or there is also chicken and seafood pho. The broth is full of beefy flavour; delicious even before you start adding extra sauces. You can choose between small and large bowls of pho, but even the small is usually quite enough. Do be warned about wearing white, you're likely to have splatters of beef broth all over you as you slurp up the soup and noodles.
The rest of the mains are split between 'Noodle with Chicken Broth', 'Vermicelli', 'Rice Dishes', 'Wok-Fried Noodles', and 'Wok Stir-Fried Dishes'. While most of the menu is Vietnamese, you will find a few Chinese dishes here too. It's not a case of a restaurant that doesn't know which cuisine to stick to, Chinese dishes are commonly found throughout Vietnam and so they're quite at home on the menu.
There are plenty of drinks available, but a few highlights stand out on the menu. The fresh fruit smoothies are cheap at only $4, and you can choose between flavours like avocado, custard apple, and durian. Other good choices are the Vietnamese ice coffee, and the fresh lemon drink.
Adelaide Pho isn't the most stylish of venues, but it's also not over the top. It's a large restaurant, meaning there's plenty of space so you're not cramped in together, and it can accomodate for groups. If you're not eating in, most of the menu can also be bought take away.
I love Pho too and don't like to wear it, so have adopted what I saw some Asian ppl doing: use the chopsticks to pick up the solids from the soup and place them in the spoon, then eat from the spoon.Much less messy.