In a call out for Adelaide's best Vietnamese, Thanh Thanh is almost a guaranteed winner. We're talking CBD dining here, as the Western Suburbs have plenty of restaurants that are hard to compete with. But in a CBD that's dominated by a string of Chinese restaurants, Thanh Thanh is a good example of Vietnamese done well.
At breakfast, lunch, or dinner there is one dish that you can never go wrong with: pho. It's Vietnamese noodle soup, generally served with either chicken or beef. The combination pho at Thanh Thanh is a little subtler than some, the hearty beefy flavour just isn't as strong, but it's still a really pleasant flavour. They're generous with their fresh herbs and bean sprouts, and have sauces on hand if you need to add anything to your bowl. It's great to just pop in here for a bowl of pho for a quick and easy meal.
If you are looking for a larger meal, the menu at Thanh Thanh has it all. A highlight on any Vietnamese menu is always the salad, Vietnamese dressing manage to find that perfect mix between sweet, sour, and spicy. Cold rolls are also on the entree menu, along with crispy quail, pork meatballs, and more. There are some 'Chinese' dishes on the menu, but considering Chinese cuisine has influenced some Vietnamese meals it doesn't feel too out of place.
Don't pass up a smoothie while you're perusing the drinks menu. The custard apple smoothie is a particular favourite, but other flavours of fresh smoothies include avocado, durian, and jack fruit. Choose from traditional drinks like the three colour bean drink, young coconut juice, or the fresh lemon juice (with soda or still water). Ca phe sue da (ice coffee with milk) makes a great end to the meal, it's a Vietnamese take on the ice coffee and if you've never had it before it's worth a try.