I’m a big fan of puns and when I heard of Phonatic, I felt I just had to go there. Located on the western end of Hindley Street, Phonatic is the second Vietnamese eatery to open in the Adelaide CBD this week. They have a lunch menu that is available between 10am and 3pm daily and includes a selection of entrees, bread rolls, stir fries, noodle bowls, noodles soups, cold rolls and rice dishes. The dinner menu varies with the inclusion of sizzling hot plates, wok tossed noodles, salads and mains.
When you first walk into the place, you’ll be impressed by the decor. The low hanging light fittings, the exposed brickwork and timber beams, give this place a very casual rustic feel. The fit out really compliments the area being very close to arts district.
For lunch, I ordered the Pho Tai which is the Beef Noodle Soup with Raw Beef Slices. The dish came out 15 minutes after ordering and was piping hot. So hot, that I couldn’t even move the bowl. Having said that, the bowl did look a bit plain.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the key to a good bowl of Beef Noodle Soup is the broth. The broth was very good. It was nice and beefy without the fat globules on the surface. The flavours were just right and the broth was well balanced. The fresh noodles were firm and well cooked, while the beef slices were lean and tender.
My only criticism of this dish was that there was too much broth and not enough everything else. At the end of the meal, I wasn’t completely satisfied and a bit disappointed considering I ordered the large bowl.
The staff were very friendly and the service was good. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing was on par with other places. A small bowl of Rare Tender Beef Noodle Soup will set you back $11.50 while the larger bowl is $12.50.
This place is good considering they only just opened this week. As they iron out their teething problems, this Phonatic will have plenty of fanatics.
WHERE: 171 Hindley St, Adelaide