If there is one thing about Vietnamese food that we all agree on, it has to be this: when it’s good, it’s really freaking good. Fresh and tasty, the best Vietnamese always hits the spot and leaves you a little more in love with life than you were before. So – although it was gruelling, painstaking, delicious work – we’ve done the hard yards to bring you four local favourite Vietnamese restaurants this City has to offer. You’re welcome!
One of the best-loved Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney, this is authentic Vietnamese at its tasty, fresh and honest best. Pho Pasteur is proud of its history and heritage – and this pride translates to one superb dish after the next. Mr & Mrs Pham arrived in Australia in 1978 as refugees from South Vietnam, and the recipes they use have been in the family for generations. As the name suggests, Pho Pasteur’s signature dish is their Pho – rich stock, the perfect blend of herbs and spices, and great depth of flavour. They do an outstanding spring roll wrapped in lettuce (a must try), a mean poached chicken Pho, and a seriously good soft shell crab. Pho Pasteur has a great range of options for vegans, too – thanks to Mrs Pham’s mother being a vegan for over 50 years, and passing on her recipes down the line. This is not the cheapest Vietnamese you’ll find, and there’s nothing tizzy about the décor (well, except the mirrors), but it’s a standout for all the right reasons.
137 Church Street Parramatta 2150; (02) 9635 0782; Open everyday 10:00am - 9:30pm; Visit the Pho Pasteur website.
Nang Vietnamese Cusine
It’s long been a favourite in the area and if you’ve never been here before there are three excellent reasons to go: savoury pancake, clay pot pork, and spicy prawns. The goat curry, caramelised fish, and lemon-lime salmon is also a big hit. Value for money and quality produce are just the beginning at Nang – it’s BYO, the place is always buzzing, and there are loads of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. This is a great place to go with a group or even by yourself – with a great aspect over the street, you can enjoy your Vietnamese pancake and watch the world roll meatballs.
41 Phillip Street Parramatta 2150; (02) 9687 3442; Visit the Nang restaurant website.
Got Pho? in Carlingford are brand spanking new, and they’re already well on their way to becoming one of the most popular hotspots for quality Vietnamese fare. They do traditional South Vietnamese Pho, but also a wide range of other speciality noodle soups, small snacks, and drinks and desserts. It’s always a little scary choosing off a great menu for the first time, but Got Pho? definitely deserves repeat visits. Their vermicelli salad is packed with crispy lemongrass chicken, their pork and spring roll taro salad is divine, and for beef lovers, their combination beef noodle Pho with rare beef, beef brisket, beef tripe, beef meatballs and beef tendon is a ripper. They also do great Vietnamese-inspired Longan drinks, perfect for a hot day, but if you’re a die-hard durian fan absolutely do not miss their Trái cây dầm – that’s mixed fruit with shaved ice, condensed milk and durian. In fact, Got Pho? Have some of the yummiest and brightest drinks and sweets around – their three-colour-drink gets ten points for fun!
827 Pennant Hills Road Carlingford 2118; (02) 8628 0687; Visit the Got Pho? website.
My Hao Cuisine
Like some of the best finds, they appear where you least expect. Tucked away in Winston Hills is one of the suburbs best-kept secrets. A favourite among locals, My Hao offers a small but tasty authentic Vietnamese menu. Think of it like "Vietnamese - The Greatest Hits" if you will! Marinated pork chop with broken rice, rice paper rolls, house-made pho and lemongrass chicken are some of the hits you can expect to see. They also do a mean pork 'banh mi' lunch special starting from $6.00. If cheap and cheerful is part of your eating out criteria, My Hao won't disappoint!
Shop 4, Caroline Chisholm Drive Winston Hills 2150; (02) 9688 7631; Visit My Hao Facebook page.