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Is There A Restaurant For The Best Pho In Melbourne?

The best pho in Melbourne is a highly debated topic. Whether you’re an experienced pho fanatic or trying out the Vietnamese dish for the first time, everyone has their favourite spots. 

This deceivingly simple broth of rice noodles and protein is the filling, soul-warming dish that those cold winter months are perfect for. Although we’ll leave it to you to decide who does it to your tastes, has to offer.

Few topics get a Melbournian riled up quicker than where to get Melbourne's best pho. Some people will swear it's Springvale or nothing. Others reckon you can't beat Victoria St on a Friday night

The best pho in Melbourne is like a metaphor for happiness: we're all searching for it, there's a lot of theories on how to get it, and the secret is pretty simple. The best pho in Melbourne is the pho that's in front of you right now.

So whether you’re a pho-king newbie who never strays beyond tender sliced beef or a hardcore purist on the hunt for tripe and tendons, here are the best places to get pho in Melbourne.

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Pho-Starters

A little bit of admin before we start. Firstly, who isn’t pronounced how it sounds. Instead, it’s pronounced as ‘f-ah’, like you’re going to the ‘f-ah’-mers market (Good for impressing the waiter). Traditionally, there are three types of pho: pho ga – chicken pho, pho bo – beef pho, and pho chay – vegetarian pho. 

There are, of course, modern twists and variations on pho these days, but those are your basics. And finally, if you’re planning on slurping down your pho noodles, remember to leave your nice white clothing at home, as it’s easy to get caught in the splash zone of a pho broth slurp.

Restaurants for the Best Pho in Melbourne

The World Loves Melbourne is hooked on pho. Here are our favourites in Melbourne.

I Love Pho

I Love Pho is a great starting off point if you’re new to the world of pho. The menu ranges from your standard affairs to variations for the more adventurous, like the option of adding chicken giblets, heart, and liver to your noodles. 

Striving for affordable pho, this family-owned business uses the freshest ingredients when creating its meals. As well as this, it is open all day every day, so there’s no excuse not to enjoy a warm beef pho broth before work, on your lunch break, and on the way home for dinner.

If you’re easing a newbie into the world of “our”, I Love Pho 264 on Victoria Street is the best pho spot to start. The menu is very friendly to newcomers, with classic sliced beef and super-safe shredded chicken. 

If you want to be more adventurous, you can enjoy your chicken giblets, heart and liver too. Heads up: these guys also have a store in the Emporium for all you inner-city dwellers—top floor in the big food court.

  • Recommended dish: The Tai with sliced beef, a nice entry point for those new in the pho game. For the more adventurous, we can recommend the Ngau Pin – Duo Bo with oxtail (seriously, check out the menu).
  • Address: 264 Victoria St, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30am-10:30pm

Sen Storm Noodle Bar & Grill

The Sen Storm Noodle Bar & Grill is a restaurant that wants you to enjoy your Melbourne pho experience. The chefs here create an authentic dish, refusing to use sugar to sweeten their broths. The chefs also favour expensive cuts of meat to increase the flavours of the dishes. And not to worry vegetarians, Sen Storm Noodle Bar & Grill have options for you too.

Beyond the pho, Sen Storm Noodle Bar & Grill boasts a long list of Australian made wines and beer to pair with your broth. This adds to the overall eat-in experience that the restaurant has to offer, taking your enjoyment above and beyond just the soup itself.

If you’re in the market for truly authentic Hanoi pho, look no further than Sen Storm Noodle Bar & Grill in Fitzroy. Unlike typical Southern-style pho, Chef Ryan Pham’s pho has no sugar and features expensive (read: delicious) cuts of meat. 

The stock of authentic Hanoi pho is also super clear and glassy, which gives it a very distinct look and flavour. If you're meat-free, there’s also a great vegan pho made in that same authentic Hanoi style. 

Besides the pho, Sen Storm also has an impressive beer selection and a nice, plant-laden bistro aesthetic that'll have you coming back for more.

  • Recommended dish: Thin Style Beef Pho (Pho Thin Ha Noi) make the most of the great, expensive meat. And for our inclined vegetable friends, we recommend the Tofu Pho (Pho Chay) for its mix of semi fried and fermented tofu mix.
  • Address: 293-295 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3:30pm 5:30pm-9:30pm Sun closed

GOODdays

From authentic to experimental, Melbourne pho restaurant GOODdays specialises in non-traditional Vietnamese foods, focusing on a fusion of Vietnamese and Western cuisine. With a largely vegan-friendly menu, the spot is welcoming to all sides of the meat-eating spectrum. 

To please their carnivorous clientele, you can order the Victorian Black Angus and brisket pho. For those on the herbivore side, the mushroom pho offers a barrage of aromatic vegetables and braised Asian mushrooms.

Whatever you order, you have to leave room for the always popular tofu and mushroom spring rolls. The flavour bombs will have you dreaming about your next order as you get home afterwards, and that’s no exaggeration.

  • Recommended dish: Mushroom pho, with a side of tofu & mushroom spring rolls. Yes, you are hungry enough and should treat yourself.
  • Address: 165 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm-9 pm

Typhoon

Again, for those who prefer the carrot over the cow, Typhoon has a menu that caters to everyone. 

With options for tofu, broccoli, mushroom and more, this Melbourne pho restaurant’s mains and share plates will satisfy the hunger of anyone with a big appetite. It’s also worth noting that the entire menu is gluten-free.

  • Recommended dish: Pho Ga, chicken pho with bean shoots, shiitake mushroom, lime leaves and slow-cooked chicken stock.
  • Address: 288-292 Highett Rd, Highett Vic 3190
  • Trading Hours: Wed-Sun 5 pm-8 pm Mon-Tues closed

Pho Hung Vuong

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From what we’ve found, Pho Hung Vuong in Springvale is the most popular pho restaurant in Melbourne, but don’t just take our word for it. Try for yourself! Pho Hung Vuong is the king of the classics, with many variations of the raw beef and chicken to please experts and newbies alike. For a pho you know will hit the spot consistently, Pho Hung Vuong is the stop for your next hit.

Not to be confused with the Richmond store of a similar name, Pho Hung Vuong only does pho. It's probably the most popular pho joint in Springvale—which is like being the most popular BBQ joint in Texas. There are two main varieties of pho on offer, but that doesn’t stop lines from snaking onto Balmoral Avenue come lunchtime. 

Choose your favourite form of beef (or grab The Lot if you’re pho-sure keen) and grab a classic Vietnamese drink. You know it's legit from the double mirrors on either wall—a staple in pho bar interior design for some reason. 

  • Recommended dish: Medium-sized rare beef (number 2), the ol’ reliable.
  • Address: 15 Balmoral Ave, Springvale VIC 3171
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 8 am-10:30 pm

Pho Hung Vuong 2

Pho Hung Vuong 2 is by no means named so because it’s second best, far from it. They say it’s impossible to improve upon perfection, but Pho Hung Vuong 2 sure are giving it a go. 

There isn’t too much variation between the menus of Pho Hung Vuong and Pho Hung Vuong 2, which means you’re getting the same great taste and flavours. If you’re looking for the best pho in Melbourne, drop into Pho Hung Vuong 2 and see what the hype is all about.

There’s no shortage of pho options on Victoria Street, but the experts know how to make a beeline for Pho Hung Vuong 2. This humble restaurant serves steaming bowls of classic pho (including tendon and brisket varieties), vermicelli bowls and crispy spring rolls.

Traditional three-colour and four-colour drinks make a perfect pre-pho starter. The service is fast, and the bowls are the size of a small bathtub. 

  • Recommended dish: Medium-sized sliced beef, brisket. Just as reliable as the number 2 mentioned above.
  • Address: 108-110 Victoria St, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am-9:30 pm

Pho Lau Kim Long

Pho Lau Kim Long (say that three times fast) is a great restaurant for the whole family. You can get the young ones involved in pho for the first time, thanks to their smaller serving sizes ranging from baby size to large. This sustainable variation to the usual sizing means that less is wasted. From free-range chicken to their mouth-watering thin beef slices, Pho Lau Kim Long is another great spot to add to your list.

  • Recommended dish: Rice noodle soup with chicken’s breast and wing, if you’re feeling clucky, punk.
  • Address: 221 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine VIC 3020
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am-9 pm

Hanoi Hannah New Quarter

Hanoi Hanna New Quarter is a Melbourne pho restaurant that focuses on your total eating experience, not just the food. With its snug, casual seating, please sit back and relax with a beer from their drink menu as you slurp down on a great variety of soup. 

This is another spot that can get busy around the peak hours of lunch and dinner, so if you’re looking to eat in, you’ll have to get there early. If you can’t manage to get a seat but are still craving some goodies, Hanoi Hanna New Quarter now offers partly cooked meals that you can finish off at home. 

No need to be an expert and start from scratch, as it’s all there, ready for you to prepare. Just another innovative way that pho is being shared amongst the masses in Melbourne.

  • Recommended dish: For something different, try the XO Pho with crispy pork and prawn.
  • Address: 79 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Trading Hours: Tues-Sat 5 pm-8:30 pm

Pho Kim Long

Pho Kim Long may not have the fanciest, high dining location or store design, but like any good book, it’s not about the cover – it’s about the sweet, brothy goodness you can slurp up on the inside. 

With bowls costing $12 max, you can get the best bang for your buck in Melbourne, and without compromising on quality either. Pho Kim Long does the classics justice, with a wide range of tripe, tendon and giblets that can be thrown in too. For a satisfying, simple taste of Vietnam, we recommend Pho Kim Long.

  • Recommended dish: Noodle soup with sliced chicken. And you can throw in some chicken giblets and liver if you’re up for it.
  • Address: 60 Alfrieda St, St Albans VIC 3021
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am-8 pm

Ginger & Chives

For something more modern, Ginger & Chives is the store for you. Fantastic presentation, with great quality food to match, you can tell Ginger & Chives is having fun with its restaurant. 

There are also plenty of sides to share (or not), from spring rolls to wontons, even savoury pancakes. If you’re looking for a fun meal out with friends or family, Ginger & Chives is the place for your Melbourne pho fix.

  • Recommended dish: Bon Bo Hue. It’s a spicy one, so come prepared.
  • Address: 338 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
  • Trading Hours: Tues-Fri 12pm-3:30pm 5:30pm-10pm Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm 5:30pm-10pm Mon closed

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Pho Hung

We don’t need to tell you where you can find Pho Hung because all you have to do is follow the lines. Notorious for its around-the-block queues, this Victorian institution certainly has its customers coming back for more. 

This should be all you have to hear to try it yourself, but if not, the menu is loaded with all kinds of options for all walks of life. Vegetarian? They’ve got you covered. Into your seafood? Of course, they’ve got seafood. Want the lot? Go for one of the combination dishes!

  • Recommended dish: Crispy chicken rice noodle soup. Enjoy some crunch with your slurp.
  • Address: 447 High St, Preston VIC 3072
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 11 am-9 pm

Pho Chu The

While we’ve talked about many restaurants that encourage you to sit in and enjoy their table service, Pho Chu The is not one of them. 

Purely an in and out job. Pho Chu wants you slurping down on its pho ASAP, so best not to hang around. Again, choosing to focus on the fundamentals of pho, chicken and beef are the two options here, with a myriad of briskets and tendons to add to the mix.

Another westside classic, Pho Chu The, has been dishing up A-Grade pho on Hopkins Street for ages (there's also one on Victoria Street). Don't expect flashy design or amazing service—the idea is to get in, eat your pho, then get out. 

But damn, the soup here is good. There's often a crowd at lunch, and most people head straight for the rare sliced beef. A snip at $12. Pro tip: don't forget the Vietnamese iced coffee. 

  • Recommended dish: The medium serving of Tai gan, rice noodle soup with sliced beef and tendon. The gelatinous tendon will mix in well with the soup and noodles.
  • Address: 92 Hopkins St, Footscray VIC 3011
  • Trading Hours: Wed-Sat 10 am-7 pm Sun-Tue 10 am-6 pm

Mopho Canteen

Now, we know, we know, that this list is for the best pho in Melbourne, but it would be criminal to pass up on a black sesame ice cream sandwich from Mopho Canteen. Its rich, nutty, and deliciously bitter taste will send your taste-buds spiralling. 

As for the pho, Mopho Canteen has your standard beef, chicken, and vegan dishes on the menu, as well as a cheaper Tuesday promotion making all broth $10. Along with the black sesame ice cream sandwich, this promotion is something you can’t afford to miss.

  • Recommended dish: Pho ga – chicken pho, with a black sesame ice cream sandwich for dessert. Seriously. Don’t pass this up.
  • Address: 197 Carlisle St, Balaclava VIC 3183
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sun 10:30am-10pm

Pho Hung Vuong Saigon

If you’re looking for generous servings, look no further than Pho Hung Vuong Saigon. Churning out consistently delicious dishes, the spot is known for its fast and friendly service. With this being said, you’ll want to get in early for your pho if you’re on break or don’t want to wait in line.

  • Recommended dish: Sliced chicken breast fillet, or the spicy beef and pork noodle soup, with extra big trotters for good measure (again, not making this up).
  • Address: 128 Hopkins St, Footscray Vic 3011
  • Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am-8:30 pm

Proud Peacock

Rounding out this list of the best pho in Melbourne is the Proud Peacock. Having reopened after the previous store was lost to a fire, the Proud Peacock is flourishing like never before. 

With an unwavering and regular flow of customers, the hotspot manages to keep everyone happy and wanting more, with a wide range of broth-based dishes and sides. If you can get in early for a table, we highly recommend experiencing their friendly service firsthand, but if not, the takeaway is just as fresh and enjoyable.

  • Recommended dish: Pho Bo Ga – beef and chicken pho. The best of both worlds.
  • Address: 28 Hamilton Pl, Mount Waverley VIC 3149
  • Trading Hours: Wed-Thur 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-3:30pm 5pm-9pm Sunday 11am-3:30pm Mon-Tues Closed

FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants

Like anything, pho is healthy in moderation. It can be high in protein but also high in sodium and calories.

Due to its nutritious ingredients and high protein content, it may offer several benefits, including reduced inflammation and improved joint health. Still, it can be high in sodium and calories, so portion size is important. Overall, pho can be a nutritious addition to a well-balanced diet.

There are many variations, although beef (Pho bo) and chicken (Pho ga) remain the most popular options. Pho bo: Normally, the beef used in pho bo is medium-rare and continues to cook in the steaming soup broth. Beef options can include flank steak, crunchy flank steak, tendons, beef meatballs and fatty brisket.

If you order pho with beef slices, it will be raw. Typically round and thinly sliced raw beef. Dine-in: thin beef slices will be added to the top of the bowl/pho, and as you separate your noodles and add in sauces, the beef cooks in the hot broth.

Traditional pho served with skimmed broth, a moderate serving of noodles, a tiny bit of sauce, and a generous helping of veggies is nutritious and possibly healthy. On the other hand, fast-food versions packed in sodium and saturated fat may not be the best choice for a daily meal.

Even if some strange restaurants put "blood" in the Pho bowl, then it's most probably not blood like normal blood you think about. Except for "tiết can ", which is made from raw blood and is extremely dangerous, in every other dish, only congealed boiled blood is used, and it just looks like a block of hard jelly.

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