A Brisbane enthusiast with a little bit of time on my hands to write about the great experiences I've had in this city.
Published November 17th 2014
A recent trip to Vietnam had me searching for the best pho in the country. After consuming steaming bowls of pho for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the trip, I can put my hand on my heart and say Brisbane's Vietnamese community dishes up comparable pho to satisfy our yearnings.
My family, friends and I are often hunting for the most satisfying bowl of pho in Brisbane. The question of who makes the best pho in Brisbane is a contentious one and does come down to individual taste.
For people who are new to pho, the pho menu usually offers a variety of options from rare beef to chicken. A traditionalist when it comes to pho, I always order the rare beef (pho tai) option, but tripe, tendon, beef balls and brisket are popular additions to this remarkably comforting noodle soup.
Pho is served fast and piping hot. An accompanying dish of bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint and a wedge of lemon lets you flavour your soup to your liking.
After slurping down bowl after bowl all over Brisbane, here are my top picks for a consistently good bowl of pho.
Pho Sai Gon You don't come here for the décor or atmosphere. Sunnybank Hills locals (and suburb hoppers) come here to hoover down big bowls (a smaller size is also available) of rice noodles swimming in a hearty beef broth topped with lashings of sliced rare beef or other toppings of your choice. While pho tai appears to be the most popular option on the menu, pho ga (chicken noodle soup) is also available. The limited menu of this unassuming diner definitely proves that less is more. The owner specialises in a few dishes and does them very well.
Where: Shop 9, Pacific Centre, 223 Calam Rd, Sunnybank Hills
Thanh Quyen It is common knowledge among Brisbanites that the search for good Vietnamese cuisine will lead you to Darra which is where you will find Thanh Quyen. This hidden, no-frills gem is a slice of Vietnam in Brisbane's westside. The beef broth is tasty, fragrant and the rice noodles are cooked to perfection. Authentic Viet dishes, a cheap menu and friendly service keeps regulars coming back.
Where: 136 Darra Station Rd, Darra
Quan Thanh Quan Thanh is definitely a key player in the Vietnamese restaurant saturated suburb of West End. Don't let this Vietnamese and Chinese fusion restaurant fool you. This diner is one of the most reputable restaurants and has been around for as long as I can remember. It serves up nourishingly flavoursome pho with the perfect balance of flavours.
Where: 75 Hardgrave Rd, West End
That Viet Place
Across the road from the bustling Market Square in Sunnybank is That Viet Place, a newcomer to the Vietnamese dining scene. The pho here suits those who love a hearty, beefy broth, packed full of flavour. What's particularly impressive is the generous amount of herbs they throw in the pho too.
Where: 342 Mccullough St, Sunnybank
The best pho in Brisbane is 'pho' sure debatable. What is your favourite pho joint? Or are you like me and have a few favourites?
I've been eating Pho in Brisbane for over 30 years. I've seen restaurants open and close, and even know chef's movements from one place to another.
My recommendation is Pho at Phuc Deli-Viet in Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (level 3). It's wholesome and rich in real beef flavour instead of MSG.
Fat Noodles at the Casino is also nice and different. The broth has a slight 'Eastern/Northern herbal medicine' flavour to it.
Mints restaurant at Rosalea is also nice. They use beef cuts that are surprising flavoursome.
This is by far the best Vietnamese food that I have tried in Brisbane. Since finding this gem of a Restaurant, so my surprise the name has popped up again and again in conversation with friends and acquaintances, as being their favourite place for Pho as well (and this is without my prompt!). The Restaurant is small, but always packed. All of the dishes are extremely well priced and are huge portions. My favourite is the Pho Beef (Beef Noodle Soup) and of course, their awesome Steamed Dim Sims; though all of the dishes I've tried there have been amazing. Kim Kahn never fails to leave me overfull and completely satisfied :) :) 5 out of 5 recommendation!
I definitely recommend Pho Hien at market square Sunnybank.absolutely delicious and always very busy! What does that tell you.if its busy and bustling means the good is great otherwise it would not be busy and the price is super cheap for one large bowl of pho.try it you won't regret it.the place is only a small restaurant.
Hi, thanks for your blog but based on your info, tried Ouan Thanh but this was a fail for me. I have lived in Sydney and Melbourne so I have had really good pho. I am on a mission to find a great Pho in Brisbane.
If you haven't been to Phuong Trinh at the Inala Civic Centre you are seriously missing out. Sorry I don't rate Tan Thanh at all but that's just me personally, I know it's very popular. Actually I shouldn't let in on the Phuong Trinh secret because it will get busy and I won't be able to get a seat! We usually eat there once a week - everything on their menu is great - but the pho is the best I've had in Brisbane.