Pho Chu The, Richmond

Pho Chu The Victoria Street is one of many places that you can go to if you want a bowl of Pho in this part of town.

Victoria Street in Richmond used to be to go-to spot for quality Vietnamese food in Melbourne, however in recent years the focus has shifted to Footscray.  While Victoria Street does still have many Vietnamese restaurants, there are several duds aimed at locals with a not so adventurous pallet. As with streets that become popular over time, there are many claims on the windows of the Vietnamese restaurants of being the “best Vietnamese restaurant on Victoria Street”.

I was in the area with my fiancée on Friday and with an empty fridge, and relatively empty wallets, the option of an affordable Vietnamese meal on Victoria Street was an obvious one.  We are both big fans of a proper big bowl of pho.  Pho is such a simple dish, yet there are so many flavours and complexities going on in that bowl.

A quick search on one of my favourite food blogs, Mel: Hot Or Not, revealed Pho Chu The to be a good sounding option.  A long standing favourite since 1989, frequented by Vietnamese diners, positive reviews from many trusted sources etc.

Pho Chu The Victoria Street Richmond Melbourne

The menu at Pho Chu The is very small and focused.  Spring rolls, rice paper rolls and pho in small, medium or large is what’s on offer.  This is generally a good sign – when a restaurant does this it’s because they know what they do well and stick to it, and are confident that they will get enough business to keep going despite having a restricted menu.

The first call of order was to get a cold drink, to help provide relief from the extremely humid and hot weather outside.  I went for the “3 Colours Sweet” which is an icy coconut cream drink. There’s no rule as to what the 3 ingredients should be, as long as they are different colours.  The version served here contained red (azuki) beans, and two types of thin jelly strands.  It was very tasty and refreshing.

Pho Chu The Victoria Street Richmond Melbourne

We wanted to order rice paper rolls, but accidentally ordered prawn spring rolls instead (the mistake was ours).  Luckily, they were really good.  The inside was simply prawn, and the pastry was very light and not at all oily.

Pho Chu The Victoria Street Richmond Melbourne

At $9 for a medium bowl of Pho, Pho Chu The is a great option for an affordable meal.  The servings were huge and neither I nor my fiancée could finish our dishes.

I ordered the sliced beef and tendon.  It came out with the usual bowl of thai basil, sprouts and lime, and on the table was the usual selection of condiments – a sweet sauce, soy sauce, pickled onions and 3 types of chilli.

The pho was amazing.  The noodles were just the right texture, and not too chewy or dougy as can sometimes be the case.  The broth was tasty and not overly salted, the beef was tender, and tendon was very gelatinous and soft.  Supposedly the broth is left for 12 hours, and I’d be inclined to believe it given the results.

Pho Chu The Victoria Street Richmond Melbourne

My fiancée had the shredded chicken pho.

Pho Chu The Victoria Street Richmond Melbourne

Overall, I couldn’t fault Pho Chu The.  The staff were friendly, the meals came out quickly, and the food was of top quality.  I’m now more excited than ever for my trip to Vietnam in 2 months time.

In addition to the Richmond Branch, there are also branches in Footscray and Box Hill.

Pho Chu The

270 Victoria Street
Victoria 3121

Telephone:   (03) 9428 7797
Email:            n/a

Mon – Sun: 9am – 10pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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