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Published October 5th 2016
Truly tasty traditional Vietnamese food in Subiaco
First we had Do It Yourself petrol pumps, then flat-pack furniture and self-serve supermarket checkouts. Now, the DIY has extended to the restaurant order-taking system.
Maybe it's because I don't get out enough, but I've never seen this style of ordering at a table-service eatery before, so I was introduced to it at Phoever Vietnamese Restaurant in Subiaco.
Once seated in the restaurant, a very friendly staff member will come and ask you if you have been here before and if you understand how the ordering system works. It's pretty simple – you find what you want from the menu, add the order code and quantity to the order pad, ring the bell and someone comes over to collect your order. Easy!
I can't confidently say if it's a good idea or not, given there was only two of us ordering one dish and a drink each, but it was simple enough to do. They even give you pencils with erasers stuck to the end in case you make a mistake.
In case you haven't had pho before (pronounced 'fuh'), it's a traditional north Vietnamese dish consisting of noodles and vegetables in a beef or chicken broth and topped with meat. At Phoever, pho comes in a variety of flavours, including combination, rare beef, meatball and chicken. Usually I can't go past a good pho, but on this occasion, I felt like a change, so I chose the Hu Tieu Chicken, a rice noodle soup topped with chicken and vegetable.
The quality of a Vietnamese soup lies in the broth, in my opinion. The noodles and the vegetables should be swimming in a tasty broth, so if the broth is anything less than perfect, the dish is a disaster. This one was packed with flavour and permeated the chicken and the vegetables. There was plenty of noodles, spring onions and onions to add to the flavour. The chicken was soft and tender – perfectly cooked for a soup.
My friend ordered the Bun Beef Stir Fried, which is vermicelli noodles topped with stir fried beef, salad and lemongrass, sprinkled with peanuts. The lemongrass and salad provide a refreshing hit of flavour to the beef, which was cooked perfectly. The peanuts were a perfect addition to the noodles and the beef and my dinner companion highly enjoyed her meal.
The menu is packed full of traditional Vietnamese dishes, including rice paper rolls, spring rolls, Mi Vit Tiem, Bun Rieu and of course – pho. The menu has so many different options that even the fussiest of eaters would struggle to find a dish they didn't fancy the look of.
All the menu items have glossy pictures, making it easier to choose if you're not too familiar with Vietnamese cuisine. There are plenty of drinks available, including soft drinks, beer and white and red wine by the glass and bottle. It's very reasonably priced and we paid around $45 for two main dishes and a glass of wine each.
Phoever Vietnamese Restaurant is family friendly and provides high chairs if needed. The service came with a smile and there is cutlery on the table if you're not confident with chopsticks.
If you are seeking traditional Vietnamese food at a good price, Phoever is worth checking out. Just don't mess up your own order.