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Pho-nomenal

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published April 15th 2018
Opened not too long ago, Pho-nomenal in North Adelaide offers the typical dishes that can be expected at a Vietnamese restaurant and a few Asian street food dishes. The restaurant also has a selection of Vietnamese drinks that you can order to accompany your meals.
Resembling the dish known as Claypot Chicken Rice, the Hot Pot Chicken Rice Pilaf was served piping hot with a combination of chicken and what seemed like Chinese sausage giving the dish its rich flavour. The dish was topped with a fried egg to provide an extra element of flavour. If you like to give the dish a bit of a kick, you can add some of the chilli in soy sauce provided before mixing the dish up.

Pho-nomenal, Hot Pot Chicken Rice Pilaf, Adelaide
Hot Pot Chicken Rice Pilaf (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While we thought the slices of beef in their Pho could have been smaller to make them easier to eat, they were still tender, and the soup had the right amount of spiced flavour to make eating it pleasurable. Served with the dish were beansprouts and Asian herbs that can be added for more texture and flavour. Fresh cut chilli was also provided to give the dish a bit of a kick.

Pho-nomenal, Pho, Adelaide
Pho (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For a Vietnamese restaurant, Pho-nomenal serves up a surprisingly good Singapore Laksa dish, which had the degree of spiciness we expected from a good laksa. The noodles used in the dish were cooked to al dente and the vegetables and seafood accompanying the noodles were cooked just right.

Pho-nomenal, Singapore Laksa, Adelaide
Singapore Laksa (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


If you want a dish that is not spicy, the Flat Rice Noodles is a good choice. The beef, seafood and vegetables were all cooked to perfection and the rice noodles were soft. The sauce the ingredients were cooked in subtly enhanced their flavour and there was enough of it to ensure that the dish was not too dry.

Pho-nomenal, Flat Rice Noodles, Adelaide
Flat Rice Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Ambience of the place is that of a small cafe with a good amount of seating space. Street parking is available along the streets near the restaurant.
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When: Mon-Sat: 10.30am-2.30pm
Phone: 08 8361 8868
Where: 131 Ward Street, North Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $14 per dish
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