Enjoy Vietnamese pho &other dishes at a friendly restaurant
After taking over from the original owners 3 years ago and renaming themselves Hanoi Pho, this great Vietnamese restaurant has gained a reputation for great quality food and friendly service that welcomes customers like they are coming to their home. Featuring the famous Vietnamese noodles, it also has other delicious Vietnamese food to enjoy.
Hanoi Pho does a wide range of food, not just Vietnamese noodles, But for many Vietnamese people, noodles are an everyday part of their diet. The classic pho (pronounced fuh and spoken with a rising tone) is one of the most popular dishes. While the word pho actually refers to the noodles, it is generally understood to mean a noodle soup.
The basic noodle soup is Pho Tai, or beef noodle soup from the north of Vietnam. Hanoi Pho sells variations on this, including beef noodle soup with brisket, beef balls, tripe and tendon. This non-spicy soup is served with a side plate with lemon, mung beans and herb leaves. This allows you to put however much flavour in you prefer.
Classic Vietnamese beef noodle soup, also known as Pho
For diners who prefer something a little more spicy, you could try the Hue style spicy beef soup. Coming from the middle of the country, this soup has a spicy soup base and you can also add in additional chillies if it is not hot enough for your pallet. It comes with a side serving of sliced lemon, mung beans and lettuce. Once again you add in as much or as little as you like.
If you want something from the south of Vietnam, then try the bun kho, or vermicelli salad. My preference is for bun ga sa, which is with grilled lemongrass chicken, but my friend always orders the bun thit nuong, or grilled lemongrass pork. Though of course you aren't limited to just though dishes. One entree to try is the garlic quail, something that isn't always easy to find in Australia. Also, with the owner Tuan being of Chinese/Vietnamese origin, there are also some classic Cantonese dishes on the menu.
There are also a number of drinks on the menu, including fresh lemonade and lemon soda, longan drink, coconut juice as well as the famous Vietnamese iced coffee. If you do order the coffee, I would recommend asking for slightly less ice if you are not used to or don't wish to have lots of ice in your coffee.
One of the best features of the restaurant is the very friendly service. All regular customers were treated like friends, and we were made to feel very welcome on our first visit. We had the chance to talk to the owner Tuan, who was happy to introduce us to a range of dishes, talk about Vietnamese culture, and share his life story.
When it comes to Vietnamese noodles and food, Hanoi Pho is a great place to find quality Vietnamese food at a decent price. Yes, there are cheaper places to eat, but the quality reflects that price. What makes the experience exceptional at Hanoi Pho is the friendly service and the good relationships they have built up with their regular customers. This makes this restaurant a spot many will want to try, and for others, something to make a regular dining spot.