Melbourne event enthusiast and moderately priced food eatery reviewer that expects Top Notch service and the use of fresh ingredients at all eateries.
Published July 17th 2014
Roll on over to Pho N Roll for the best pho and banh mi
I may be hard-nosed food critic, but when something is good I will iron-handedly tell you it's good. I am about to unleash, with passion, the best, MSG-free Vietnamese eatery in Melbourne's CBD. Pho N Roll (previously called Roll Lane) is a located in a tiny space at 585 Little Collins St, close to Southern Cross Station. Fast, fresh and delicious Vietnamese cuisine to eat in or take away, Pho N Roll is the corporate worker's dream.
Inside Pho N Roll, Little Collins St. Source: Pho N Roll
The vegetable pho is delicious eaten in or taken away and is a great value for around $10. The fresh bean shoots, mushrooms and chilli were well balanced with the beef stock. This is a mushroom and bok choy vegetable pho, and it is important to note it isn't advertised as vegetarian.
There are vegetarian and vegan options labelled on the menu. Another lunch or dinner sized meal for around $10 that falls into the vegetarian category is the sauteed king oyster mushroom and tofu hometown 'bun' warm vermicelli salad. The tasty $5 satay skewers with chilli prawn, chicken beef or tofu will please anyone.
If you can't be bothered lining up like a groupie at other Vietnamese street food establishments, Pho N Roll have some great substitutive rice paper rolls, with less vermicelli and more of the good stuff. Sorry, there aren't any rolls with soft shell crab or chilli mayo though.
Vietnamese in Melbourne is not legitimate without a banh mi available. For those not educated in Vietnamese western cuisine, this a Vietnamese baguette
Banh Mi Price List
The Pho N Roll banh mi contains fresh, crunchy salad and your choice of protein (pork, tuna, chicken, roast duck, roti tofu), served in a crunchy tiger roll. The roti tofu filling is sweet and sour at the same time, with fresh coriander and crunchy carrot. For someone who normally finds white bread repulsive, it is preposterous that I enjoyed this roll immensely. I also enjoyed it's $6.50 price tag, it's not common that you can find a delicious and fresh roll in Melbourne CBD for under $9.
When they're not serving Banh Mi and rice paper rolls to customers, Pho N Roll are busy providing corporate catering. Having been at an event with such catering, I can say with conviction how wonderful the platter look and taste.
Pho N Roll doesn't have a website, nor a fancy menu made by a brilliant Graphic Designer. There are hungry office workers and tradies near Southern Cross, and Pho N Roll provide them with fresh ingredients, flavour and value for money.
I urge you to visit Pho N Roll if you enjoy Vietnamese, or are struggling to find healthy gluten free or vegetarian food for lunch. You will certainly receive your monetary worth.