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Published July 27th 2016
Fresh traditional Vietnamese food for everyone
Here's the situation so many of us find ourselves in. You go to town for a day of exploring and around lunch time, your stomach just screams for a good sit down meal that doesn't break the bank. With so many options around and so many price ranges, it can be difficult to make a wise decision where to refuel yourself. Look no further and simply head down to good old Hindley Street. It's not as scary as it used to be, in fact, it is full of good little eateries and brand new pavement. Look for Phonatic, or follow your nose to the freshest Vietnamese aromas.
Phonatic is located on 171 Hindley Street, just a quick walk from TAFE SA Arts Centre and West Campus. This recent addition has brought to Adelaide some of the best Vietnamese traditional dishes, including pho,Vietnamese fresh rolls, noodle bowls, salads, cold rolls, stir fries and sizzling pots. The menu will have you drooling and making tough decisions, but don't fear, their staff are possibly the friendliest humans on earth and will be more than happy to assist you in your quest.
Vietnamese lunch on a budget
Having been there a couple of times, I can honestly say everything is equally delicious, fresh and lovingly made. However, if you are happy to take my humble advice or you are looking for a quick fix under $20, then go for this combination. Chicken and sweet corn soup $6.50, this mild flavoured thick soup is perfect for winter and will fill you up just the right amount. Follow this with your choice of Vietnamese roll from $6.50, depending on which meat you like. The bread is perfectly crusty and fluffy, stuffed with fresh veggies, meats or tofu. Wash it all down with a traditional Vietnamese coffee $5, served on a cute individual percolator that slowly drips and amuses you as it floats over a thick layer of condensed milk. It is like the eccentric aunty we all have: strong, sweet and bold.
Phonatic not also offers great lunch combinations for meat lovers and vegans and big and small budgets, it also gives you the chance to spend little and still dine in a cool spot. The restaurant is decorated with industrial touches, dim soft lights and bold murals portraying life in Vietnam, it's history and family life. The smells, staff, décor and flavours will gently transport you to far away lands of rice fields and busy streets.
Next time you are starving for both food and culture, take a walk to Phonatic and visit Vietnam for under $20.