Pho Moi Vietnamese Eatery is a welcome addition to the growing foodie scene in Katoomba. It features fresh, Vietnamese street-food, in a clean, urban setting, nestled below Aldi; it has both indoor and outdoor seating.
It features all your Vietnamese favourites including, pho noodle soups, spring rolls, rice paper rolls, noodle salads and rice meals. There is a limited quantity of each dish as they are hand-crafted daily and there is a specials menu, that changes regularly. They cater to vegans, vegetarians and also have gluten-free options.
Vegetarian spring rolls at Pho Moi. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
I visited at 2pm on a Saturday and it was busy but food was served fairly quickly. Unfortunately, they had sold out of rice paper rolls, but their vegetarian spring rolls - $6 for 4 pieces, were delicately crispy, had enough spice to keep them interesting and weren't overly greasy, which spring rolls can often be. I suggest getting there early if you have a craving for something.
For mains, I went with the crispy stir-fried eggplant and rice - $14. For a vegetarian meal, it was extremely filling and the eggplant skin was crispy but the eggplant flesh melted away in your mouth. It had a sweet and mildly spicy sauce and was topped off with dried, fried garlic, and spring onion.
I'm not usually a big rice eater, but it was a nice neutral addition to the complicated flavours of the eggplant and helped to tone down the sweetness. The eggplant and the spring rolls worked well together and possibly with another rice, the dishes could have been shared between two people.
Crispy stir-fried eggplant at Pho Moi. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
There was three separate menus which was a little confusing - the standard menu, the specials menu and the drinks menu and although I asked for water, it never arrived. They also have a daily drink special, the day I visited it was matcha and coconut milk tea - $6.
Prices were reasonable and you could easily feed two people for under $30. The tables were small and were better suited to solo eaters or couples, rather than large groups. Though I'm sure they could arrange it with advance notice.
They also have a take-away menu; they are yet to offer delivery however, considering they only opened in September, it may be something they offer in the future.
Sample menu from Pho Moi Vietnamese Eatery. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
I found the staff friendly, the menu offering fairly extensive and featuring all the good stuff, though you won't be harassed by street hawkers flogging books and jewellery like you'd get on the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City; it was an otherwise authentic Vietnamese foodie experience.
Good to know Pho Moi is on the corner of Waratah and Katoomba St, in Katoomba. You can find parking in the Aldi carpark off Katoomba St or in the Woolworths car park opposite, or it's about a fifteen-minute walk down the hill from Katoomba train station.
They accept cash and EFTPOS and are open for lunch: Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday) from 11:30am to 3pm
They are open for dinner: Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm.
If you wish to make a reservation, call them on 02 4782 2905.
Pho Moi Vietnamese Eatery in Katoomba. Image by Jade Jackson Photography.
I am a visitor to Blue Mountain from Vietnam, just had dinner there with the lemon grass beef salad, as a Vietnamese, I have to recognize that the dish is authentic from the taste to the display, the dressing (nuoc cham) is very tasty to the taste of a Vietnamese, which is rare to find for a Vietnamese dish oversea. I just spent a day here so couldn't try other dishes. But I defenitely comeback for other dishes