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Where is Adelaide's Best Vietnamese Restaurant?

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Published April 23rd 2012
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Vietnamese cuisine, in my opinion, has slowly been coming to the fore in recent times, as many people these days are a lot more open to different cultural food.

Whether it is a simple Vietnamese bread roll for lunch, or a more exotic bowl of Pho (a beef noodle soup) for dinner, there is plenty of Vietnamese food options to delight our tastebuds. There are plenty of mixed Asian restaurants that serve a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai food, but for traditional Vietnamese-only food, to my knowledge, there are few quality restaurants.

Where then is Adelaide's best Vietnamese restaurant?

Number one on my list would have to be the famous Vietnam Restaurant on Addison Road in Pennington. This restaurant has toiled very hard over the past couple of decades to establish itself into a very fine dining venue. Famous for their quails and pork balls, it is a popular choice for not only Vietnamese people, but for Western people, including politicians and noteworthy people from council.

If you make it there, you will find a wall of past photos, awards, and newspaper clippings that they have accumulated over the years.

Another restaurant is Vietnam Sunrise at the corner of Holbrooks Road and Henley Beach Road in Brooklyn Park. It is reasonably new, and thus I have yet to give them a go. I have heard mixed reviews about this restaurant, but for traditional Vietnamese food, it should be worth trying.

As some people may know, down Hanson Road, around Woodville Gardens and nearby suburbs, there are plenty of local Vietnamese eateries. Be warned, they are not fine dining establishments, but if you are after good food and friendly service, they are all worth a go. There are too many to name, but popular ones include Nghi Ngan Quan and Tan Nhu Y, which is on Hanson Road, Athol Park. The latter is one I also highly recommend and have been there myself several times. Their menu is huge, and not only that, their servings are pretty big as well. If you order a few dishes to share, you will leave feeling full and most likely require take away for all the unfinished food.

Being Vietnamese myself, I am always on the lookout for tasty traditional Vietnamese food. Is there anywhere else that you can recommend?

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The Viet Charm Restaurant at 408 King William St Adelaide has the most authentic Vietnamese food in Adelaide. Having eaten at most Vietnamese Restaurant in Adelaide and a regular traveller to Vietnam find their food is excellent and very reasonably priced. Parking is a bit difficult but that is only minor in comparison with the ambience and friendly staff and service. As the" new kid on the block" they do it very well."Happy Traveller
by rob (score: 0|6) 2297 days ago
Your Vietnamese Food (Takeaway Restaurant)
Address: 1/39 Woodville Rd, Woodville South SA 5011
Phone:(08) 8268 4828
Mobile: 0416 033 340
by itsup (score: 0|6) 2821 days ago
I haven't been to Vietnam restaurant since about 1997 when I went there before moving to Vietnam. Other than that, sadly, anything west of the city is just a bit hard to get to without a car.

I do like Thanh Thanh in the city, but I haven't tried enough of their menu yet. Apparently they used to own a place on Hanson road, so at least they have Western Suburbs cred. :)
by Natasha Stewart (score: 4|10437) 3310 days ago
I love Vietnam Restaurant on Addison Rd for dinner, as do all my Asian and Aussie friends (some of whom usually do not venture much from a chicken schnitzel whenever we go out!) Only thing is, they are always super crowded and super busy so make sure you book and arrive on time - especially on the weekends, where they have 2 or 3 seatings a night.

For lunch, my brother and his friends favours Khangs Noodles (around the side of Arndale Shopping Centre- can't remember the street name), just for the huge serving sizes you can get. I think the broken rice combination at Hoang Gia on Hanson Rd is the best and its one I return to quite frequently as they are always open whenever I happen to be down that way. They also have one of the best drinks menus. Be warned though, they only accept cash.
by redladybird23 (score: 1|31) 3306 days ago
My tho city has great food and service
by Maryj (score: 0|6) 3305 days ago
In the North the best by far is Pho Linh on Bagsters Road, Salisbury North. Great staff who will often make something special for you if you give them notice. The price is right and the food is to die for.
by rhep (score: 0|4) 3016 days ago
Vietnam, O'Halloran Hill
by email (score: 0|4) 3060 days ago
Tucked away on kensington rd is a little known place called pho minh. The food is cooked by a highly talented vietnamese chef. But the food depends on his mood. So if your willing to take your chances, it could possibly be the best vietnamese food if you've ever tasted. Make sure to ask if he has any specials which he tends to cook for regulars.
by gool (score: 0|7) 3201 days ago
Vinh Xuan Pholicious, Winston Ave, Clarence Gardens
by vinks (score: 1|11) 1429 days ago
Saigon Gate on Prospect Road, Kilburn, has beautiful food. It's not open after 7 but is often packed with people in the daytime. My favourite is their tofu vermicilli dish, and of course, their beef noodle soup! So fresh!
by alice (score: 0|3) 3297 days ago
For us it is LB Vietnamese Restaurant in the Salisbury Cinema Complex and for lunch Wok and Noodles at the Gepps Cross Homemaker Centre.
by dbeer (score: 0|3) 3301 days ago
Vietnam Village Restaurant 2 Smith Street Thebarton is by far (in my opinion) has the best Vietnamese food in Adelaide. I have been going there for thirty years and have never been dissatisfied with the food - always great and the staff are always excellent
by nola. (score: 0|3) 3307 days ago
Pho Minh is a favourite of ours for Pho....My Parents have just tried a new Vietnamese place on the Parade at Norwood (closer to Fullarton Rd end) called Cafe Saba and their Pho was apparently nice. A little bit more on the expensive side because of location which is a given, i think Pho was $12.50 (quite a large serving) and their Com Tam (Broken rice) is $16+. But a good option for those on the Eastern side of town.
by kim (score: 1|44) 3308 days ago
As Natasha suggested, Thanh Thanh in town is really good! You must try their cold rolls- that's my favourite dish! :)
by Tema (score: 2|869) 3234 days ago
Vermicelli Bun at 389 Fullerton Road, Fullerton they do the best beef noodle soup ever!!!!!
by Penny (score: 0|6) 3236 days ago
The Vietnamese hill Top Restaurant, South Road, Hackham
by Penny (score: 0|6) 3294 days ago
Definitely Authentic.
Best book for lunch. Very popular with locals and businesses.
by trinn (score: 0|2) 2008 days ago
Mai Kitchen
1/34 Corner Warren And Wright St Ferryden Park
by barba (score: 0|2) 1940 days ago

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