Located near University of South Australia (UniSA) City West campus on Hindley Street, Adelaide Pho is worth visiting for yummy Vietnamese cuisine. Their most notable dish is the beef noodle soup known as Pho. It is very popular with the locals, particularly during the peak dinner hours, so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid having to wait for a table.
Compared to the Pho we have tried at other Vietnamese restaurants, the Pho served here had a beef broth with a sweeter flavour, with the taste of spice that we expect from the dish. The Rare Beef option we chose had tender slices of beef with onion strips providing a bit of extra texture.
Rare Beef Pho (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another popular dish at the restaurant is their Combination Pho. Aside from the slices of beef, this dish also included beef meatballs and tendon, with the tendon adding a chewy element to the dish. Both Pho dishes came with bean sprouts and Asian herbs that can be added to the dish, along with lemon wedges and chilli slices that can be used to add acidity and heat.
Combination Pho (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the rice dishes available in both small and large sizes, the pork in Crispy Pork Chop Rice had just the right degree of crispiness. The tartness of the pickled vegetables was a good partner to the pork. A sauce that tasted like the dressing used in Vietnamese Noodle Salad Bowl was also served with the dish for dipping or spooning over the pork to enhance its flavour.
Crispy Pork Chop Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Vietnamese Noodle Salad Bowl has to be the most popular Vietnamese salad, well-liked by everyone who has tried the dish. Topping options offered by Adelaide Pho include stir-fried beef, spring rolls, roast pork and meat balls. To enjoy this salad, pour the fish sauce based dressing over the ingredients and mix everything thoroughly. We went with the stir-fried beef option on our visit. The beef had a bit of char-grilled flavour and was complemented well by the selection of crisp vegetables.
Stir-fried Beef Vermicelli (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The stir-fried dishes on their menu looked interesting so we decided to make a second visit to the restaurant to sample them. On our second visit, we ordered Crab Claws, Chicken in Caramel Sauce with Ginger, Chilli Lemongrass Beef and Papaya Salad to go with rice. Great as a snack or as an accompaniment to their main dishes, the Crab Claws were fried to golden brown with the covering of minced pork and prawns partnering well with the crab meat. The sweet chilli sauce that came with the claws had a delightful sweet-spicy flavour.
Crab Claws (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The chunks of chicken in their Chicken in Caramel Sauce with Ginger were of a generous size with the caramel sauce giving the dish a slightly sweet flavour. The pieces of ginger also gave the dish a delightful gingery flavour.
Chicken in Caramel Sauce with Ginger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Adelaide Pho's Chilli Lemongrass Beef had tender slices of beef with spicy flavouring from the chilli lemongrass sauce. If you prefer, the dish can be made with chicken instead of beef.
Chilli Lemongrass Beef (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A dish that my father cannot bypass when it is available, the Papaya Salad had finely shredded green papaya in a spicy and sour dressing. The prawns we chose to accompany the salad were very fresh. This salad was very refreshing and was a good balance to the two meat dishes. You have the option of replacing the prawns with dried beef if you are not into seafood.
Papaya Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The restaurant had an informal feel with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. We like this restaurant because the dishes are tasty and reasonably priced. Easy parking is available on Waymouth Street and the side streets off it.