With fresh, healthy ingredients, Vietnamese food is all the rage at the moment and it comes as no surprise that a second Vietnamese eatery has opened up along the popular King William Road cafe precinct. Keen to check out new places, I ventured into Hyde Park Vietnamese Kitchen to see what it was all about. Unlike their nearby competitor, this place has a straight forward but more extensive menu filled with classics such as cold rolls, beef noodle soups, noodle dishes and classic mains separated by your proteins.
For lunch, I ordered the Rare Sirloin Beef Pho (Beef Noodle Soup). The dish came after a 15 minute wait and was nicely presented with all the trimmings. The bowl only comes in one size and is equivalent a large size at other places. The key to a good bowl of Pho is the broth. What I had in front of me was the healthier version as there were no fat globules floating on the top surface. The dish arrived at my table piping hot which is essential for cooking the beef, and the flavours were just right, although I did think it lacked some beefiness. The meat was of a decent quality and it was tender and succulent with a perfect shade of pink. The noodles were fresh and the Spanish onion added a lovely natural sweetness. The ratio of ingredients to broth was a little on the conservative side but satisfactory. They also need to change their chopsticks. Grabbing hold of the slippery noodles with a pair of smooth round chopsticks is a difficult task!
The staff were friendly and the service was good, although it did feel like a long time before our food arrived. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing was average. The Beef Noodle Soup set me back $13.80 which is on par with their nearby competitor. Mains start at $12.80 and go up to $26.80 for the more expensive seafood options.
This is probably the best Beef Noodle Soup you’ll get on this side of town.
WHERE: 116A King William Rd, Hyde Park