Pho S.A.

From the previous owners of Thanh Thanh and Adelaide Pho, comes a new project in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. Replacing the former Banana Leaf is the new Pho S.A. restaurant. As their name suggests, Beef Noodle Soup is one of their specialties with 9 types to choose from with bowls available in two sizes. Of course this isn’t just about Pho, they also have an extensive selection of entrees, DIY cold roll wraps, mixed platters, chicken broth noodles, vermicelli bowls, rice dishes and stir fried dishes.

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The fit out is modern and elegant, and a lot better than what you would find at a similar place in the Western suburbs.

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Today, I ordered the Pho Tai Nam Vo Vien which is Beef Noodle Soup with fresh sliced beef, brisket and meatballs. To my surprise, the dish came out within 5 minutes of ordering, although the broth wasn’t piping hot. The key to a good Beef Noodle Soup is the broth which I thought was a little on the plain side. The fat globules that you normally see on the top surface wasn’t there. Perhaps this was the healthier version?

The noodles were fresh and the beef slices were lean with suitable pinkish centres. The meatballs were thinly sliced and I didn’t come across any gristle. The brisket on the other hand was a little fatty, but that’s the same at most Vietnamese restaurants.

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The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing was reasonable. A small Beef Noodle Soup of this type was $11.50, but for an extra dollar, you can get a larger bowl.

With so many Vietnamese eateries opening up all over Adelaide, it makes comparing Beef Noodle Soups quite easy. Theirs was slightly above average but they do tick all the boxes in other areas.

WHERE: 42 Currie St, Adelaide

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