Back to the homeland with this invite… PHO! Brand new Pho in Camberwell of all places. Before you make your assumptions on this place because it’s not in your standard Footscray, Springvale or Richmond…this place is as traditional as you get on its food without flying to Vietnam itself.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in will be the extremely classy interior in comparison to any other pho spot you will ever walk into. There are high ceilings and chandeliers for days. It definitely bucks the trend of pho places being known for dirty and quick service, offering a high level of cleanliness and high level of service. Also good to note that it is quite family friendly as there were a lot of families in the restaurant when I was in there for lunch which is supported with a low price point considering its location in Camberwell.
Spring Rolls were mindblowingly delicious! Crunchy on the outside and soft on the side with a nice mix of prawn and pork. Remind me of my mum’s spring rolls which are my personal faves which is great. The fresh lettuce really added a crunch and freshness with an acidity coming from the nuoc mam sauce on the side. I legitimately could’ve eaten the whole plate on my own - made the trip worth while just for it.
I was lucky enough to share a Chicken and Beef Pho with a friend. They both had great flavours that rivalled those of the Vietnamese hotspots of Melbourne so definitely a great alternative if you live close to Camberwell and need a pho fix. The big difference though is there is no choice in size here. Its a straight up huge portion for $14. I’m normally up for a small size for this was a struggle for me. Great for those who normally go for large other…come with a friend and share to avoid wasting a lot of food like I did.
The Three Colour Drink was the one big downside of my visit to Pho Anh. It really wasn’t sweet enough and just didn’t have enough coconut cream. Balance of flavours really needs to be worked on.
Overall, if you’re in the area I highly recommend a visit to Pho Anh if you’re in the area. Generous portions, great area, great service and clean! If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the other pho areas but want the authentic experience you should get here for the simple, well executed food.
Taste (5): 4
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 5