MELBOURNE | Twenty Pho Seven is the answer to the question you never knew needed asking – why isn’t there a 24 hour pho restaurant in Melbourne? It’s owned by Midawell Phal and his friends Thai Ho and George Do (who also Hochi Mama). After always wondering why there wasn’t somewhere that they could get a decent bowl of pho early in the morning after clubbing, they decided to rectify the situation themselves.
The atmosphere at Twenty Pho Seven is casual, with exposed brick and concrete walls, minimal decor, bench, table, and bar seating, all to the tune of old school hip-hop and R&B. The focus is on, as the name suggests, pho, along with an assortment of traditional Vietnamese dishes like banh mi, skewers, rice paper rolls and spring rolls.
The pho broth is boiled for 10 hours so soaks in all of those delicious meat and spice flavours. Sliced beef is the most popular option, but you can also go for things like brisket, tendon, tripe, and chicken. All of the pho is gluten free, and there’s also a vegan option. The broth isn’t as complex as some of the others that we’ve enjoyed in Melbourne, but it’s still very tasty and will leave you satisfied. The same goes for the Bun Bo Hue, a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli and beef.
For drinks its a few largers and local wines, along with cocktails, spirits, frappucinos, and alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) bubble cups.
While there are better places for authentic Vietnamese food in Melbourne, Twenty Pho Seven hits enough high notes that it’s definitely worth you while, especially when you consider what else is available at some of the less lively hours of the day. To be able to get food like this in Melbourne at all kinds of crazy hours is reason enough to be thankful.
Twenty Pho Seven
138 Russell Street
Telephone: (03) 9654 2024
Mon – Sun: 24 hours a day