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Published September 28th 2014
On Madame Nhu's Order: "Eat Pho, Drink Beer"
It's Spring and what a glorious weather we've been blessed with. It's time to explore and try some healthy food that won't weight you down.

We are very fortunate to have a proliferation of small, casual eateries in Surry Hills to choose from. These days, a fine proper eat-down dining is just not a viable choice for the time-poor, cash-trapped students and office workers nearby. Most of us are after a quick, light and delicious lunch without too much fuss.

Madame Nhu is a good choice and coincidentally it is the hottest cafe (day)/bar (night) in Surry Hills.

Madame Nhu, Vietnamese, Bar, GMV, Surry Hills, Pho
"Eat Pho, Drink Beer!' "Yes Madame."

This is a tiny corner eatery located on Campbell and Foster Streets. The set-up looks simple and you can expect the service to be quick-and-easy. Don't let the plain exterior decor fool you. This is not a plain-jane, eat-and-forget Vietnamese eatery. From the moment you stepped in, you will be stunned by a brazen wall-mortif of the dragon lady herself - Madam Nhu holding a gun giving the diners the ultimatum to "Eat Pho, Drink Beer".

The bar is located on the second floor where you can order your cocktails and imported spirits. It looks more of a relaxed bar with simple stool and bar tables.

Madame Nhu is bringing old Saigon to Sydney. The menu is based on a concept of delivering fresh, authentic, quality Vietnamese street food. The choices are limited during lunchtime and the dishes are inexpensive.

The staff highly recommended the Grilled Beef, Vermicelli Salad, chili lime vinaigrette ($13.90) and it was a great choice.

This grilled beef salad was a winner.The grilled beef stripes were well-marinated and tasted flavoursome with a hint of sweetness. It was complemented by a chili lime vinaigrette, colurful pickles and copious amounts of fresh vermicelli noodles.

It tasted really fresh and delicious when mixed all together.

We also ordered Madame Nhu's legendary beef pho ($11.90). Pho is a common dish in Sydney but it can be a hard one to master. This Classic Pho Noodle Soup was filled with tender thick-cut Tasmanian grass-fed beef brisket on a flavorsome secret broth which was gently brewed for eight hours.

The pho noodles was fragrant and silky smooth. We loaded our pho with the complementary fresh bean sprouts, chili, basil and lemon juice, and together they made this bowl an ultimate comfort food. It was healthy, refreshing and just beautiful.

My friend did find the broth to be on the sweet side and believed Madame Nhu has adopted the flavour to suit the Western palette.

This is a good eatery for a cheap, tasty Vietnamese lunch. With the famed Spice I Am and Longrain just around the corner, Surry Hills has become a great triangle for great south-east Asian dining venue. Come back during the night, you will see a different side of Madame Nhu.
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Why? Surry Hills' Hottest Eatery & Bar
When: 11am - 10pm
Phone: (02) 9212 3311
Where: 82 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Cost: $15 p.p
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Your photos look great! I live just near Madame Nhu but haven't eaten there yet...I must try it!
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 2618 days ago
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