This small Vietnamese eatery is located away from all the cool areas in the city but it’s worth making a detour (which can be justified by having gelato at Ciccone and Sons for dessert).
Every time we’ve come on Monday night for a pre-meditation bowl of soup it’s been packed, which is always a good sign. The food is BBB (bueno, bonito y barato), generous in size, and consistently good. The tables are always stocked with the mandatory sauces, fresh chilli, tissues and a flask of hot tea that gets promptly replaced when needed.
Noodle soups are a must-have here, the broths are flavoursome and don’t rely on heaps of sugar and MSG. The menu has tons of options to customise your soup, for example, my go-to is chicken broth with seafood and carb-free (yes, that’s exactly how it’s phrased in the menu – it comes with vegetables and no noodles). The base broth can be beef, chicken or vegetable – both the beef and chicken are excellent (haven’t tried the vegetable one). There are several protein and extras options so you won’t get bored ordering the same soup every time.
Beef & chicken pho ($15 + $3 for extra beef)
Beef pho with crispy skin chicken ($14)
This time I had the cabbage salad with chicken and prawns which was, as you can see in the photo, a massive serve, and very tasty.
Cabbage salad with chicken and prawns ($15)
The stir-fried noodles are also highly customisable, with different noodle, sauce and protein options and a good amount of veggies.
Stir-fried nooodles with chicken & vegetables ($13)
The Bottom Line
Drinks: 4.5/5, free hot tea.
Food: 4.5/5, fresh, tasty and lots of options.
Service: 4.5/5, warm, efficient and friendly.
29 Botany Rd
Waterloo NSW 2017
(02) 8399 0598