Tucked away on Margaret Street - just off The Parade - is a little restaurant serving what is apparently the best tasting Pho in Adelaide's Eastern suburbs.
Salt and Pepper Vietnamese Kitchen didn't disappoint! I'd seen only great reviews since it opened in 2018 so we visited recently to check it out. The couple who run the restaurant are very welcoming and appreciative. The staff are attentive and the service is fast. The dining room has a simple and clean contemporary feel.
For mains, we tried the lemongrass chicken noodle bowl and 'Pho Tai Gan' (beef soup with fresh beef and tendon). I'm pretty sure the noodles were supposed to be a cold noodle bowl but they were quite hot. That wasn't necessarily a bad thing on a cold winter's night though. The smoky flavour of the chicken adds an oomph to the delicious fresh vegetables and silky noodles. As always, the sauce provides a sweet kick while the crushed peanuts add extra crunch and protein.
The broth for their soup takes over 24 hours to make and the dedication shows. The broth has a great depth of flavour so I'd say go easy on the sauces. The usual range of sauces are available at the table for you to customise your pho. The beef is super tender and the tendons aren't chewy - both are just right.
The drinks list includes all your favourites including smoothies and Vietnamese coffee and they are licenced if you'd like to enjoy a beer or wine with your meal. There is a kid's menu including baby pho and there are a delicious range of desserts.
The menu is reasonably priced considering the portion sizes. This kitchen is definitely worth a try if you're on a tight budget.
Despite the continuing restrictions, it's important to support these little places that rely on being busy. It's obvious they see to it that everything is well cleaned right throughout the day and the dining area is laid out accordingly.
Best Pho ever? Maybe. Why don't you give it a try? Salt and Pepper Vietnamese Kitchen is open from Thursday to Saturday for lunch (11am-3pm) and dinner (5pm-8:30pm), dine in and takeaway.