Vietnamese cuisine, in my opinion, has slowly been coming to the fore in recent times, as many people these days are a lot more open to different cultural food.
Whether it is a simple Vietnamese bread roll for lunch, or a more exotic bowl of Pho (a beef noodle soup) for dinner, there is plenty of Vietnamese food options to delight our tastebuds. There are plenty of mixed Asian restaurants that serve a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai food, but for traditional Vietnamese-only food, to my knowledge, there are few quality restaurants.
Where then is Adelaide's best Vietnamese restaurant?
Number one on my list would have to be the famous Vietnam Restaurant on Addison Road in Pennington. This restaurant has toiled very hard over the past couple of decades to establish itself into a very fine dining venue. Famous for their quails and pork balls, it is a popular choice for not only Vietnamese people, but for Western people, including politicians and noteworthy people from council.
If you make it there, you will find a wall of past photos, awards, and newspaper clippings that they have accumulated over the years.
Another restaurant is Vietnam Sunrise at the corner of Holbrooks Road and Henley Beach Road in Brooklyn Park. It is reasonably new, and thus I have yet to give them a go. I have heard mixed reviews about this restaurant, but for traditional Vietnamese food, it should be worth trying.
As some people may know, down Hanson Road, around Woodville Gardens and nearby suburbs, there are plenty of local Vietnamese eateries. Be warned, they are not fine dining establishments, but if you are after good food and friendly service, they are all worth a go. There are too many to name, but popular ones include Nghi Ngan Quan and Tan Nhu Y, which is on Hanson Road, Athol Park. The latter is one I also highly recommend and have been there myself several times. Their menu is huge, and not only that, their servings are pretty big as well. If you order a few dishes to share, you will leave feeling full and most likely require take away for all the unfinished food.
Being Vietnamese myself, I am always on the lookout for tasty traditional Vietnamese food. Is there anywhere else that you can recommend?
I love Vietnam Restaurant on Addison Rd for dinner, as do all my Asian and Aussie friends (some of whom usually do not venture much from a chicken schnitzel whenever we go out!) Only thing is, they are always super crowded and super busy so make sure you book and arrive on time - especially on the weekends, where they have 2 or 3 seatings a night.
For lunch, my brother and his friends favours Khangs Noodles (around the side of Arndale Shopping Centre- can't remember the street name), just for the huge serving sizes you can get. I think the broken rice combination at Hoang Gia on Hanson Rd is the best and its one I return to quite frequently as they are always open whenever I happen to be down that way. They also have one of the best drinks menus. Be warned though, they only accept cash.
Tucked away on kensington rd is a little known place called pho minh. The food is cooked by a highly talented vietnamese chef. But the food depends on his mood. So if your willing to take your chances, it could possibly be the best vietnamese food if you've ever tasted. Make sure to ask if he has any specials which he tends to cook for regulars.
In the North the best by far is Pho Linh on Bagsters Road, Salisbury North. Great staff who will often make something special for you if you give them notice. The price is right and the food is to die for.
Vietnam Village Restaurant 2 Smith Street Thebarton is by far (in my opinion) has the best Vietnamese food in Adelaide. I have been going there for thirty years and have never been dissatisfied with the food - always great and the staff are always excellent
Pho Minh is a favourite of ours for Pho....My Parents have just tried a new Vietnamese place on the Parade at Norwood (closer to Fullarton Rd end) called Cafe Saba and their Pho was apparently nice. A little bit more on the expensive side because of location which is a given, i think Pho was $12.50 (quite a large serving) and their Com Tam (Broken rice) is $16+. But a good option for those on the Eastern side of town.
Saigon Gate on Prospect Road, Kilburn, has beautiful food. It's not open after 7 but is often packed with people in the daytime. My favourite is their tofu vermicilli dish, and of course, their beef noodle soup! So fresh!