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iPho. A lunch review

By johnboy 30 May 2012 25


iPho is a new player in Garema Place and while at $11.50 it’s not eligible for the $10 lunch review I thought I’d Give it a go.

Pho (pronounced “fur”) is a staple of Vietnamese cuisine. A rich noodle soup with all the taste fireworks you’d expect from Vietnam.

I first encountered it on a wet night in Hanoi after a day I nearly died twice crossing the border from China. As just about the only good thing to happen to me that day it will always occupy a warm place in my heart.

iPho is having some fun with the iconic Apple branding and when I went in the clientelle was exclusively asian.

For $11.50 I got a basic beef pho, which was ready in the time it took me to go to the ATM next door.

In the picture above you can see all the goodies.

A bowl full of beef broth (they basically boil a roast for days to make it), beef, and noodles. Accompanying it is a bag of mung beans, chilli, lemon, and a sprig of mint. There’s also a little pot of thick sauces, one of them chilli.

At your desk chuck them all in (strip the leaves off the mint sprig), mix, and you get this:


This one was a little on the sweet side for mine, but the beef was generous and I enjoyed it thoroughly. On a cold day this will most assuredly warm your cockles.

I’ll be adding it into my lunch rotation.

iPho on garema place

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Keijidosha 1:56 pm 01 Jun 12

poetix said :

That looks really nice and fresh and they assure me they do a vego one too.

It isn’t on the menu, but I enquired and was happily accomodated. Despite the broth lacking a bit of temperature it was deeeeelicious.

pibloktoq 3:27 pm 31 May 12

1. Squeeze in the lemon (should be lime; ain’t no lemons in Vietnam) to taste, don’t chuck in the whole piece.

2. Don’t mix in the sweet or chilli sauce into the soup. That’s a dipping sauce for the meat.

3. At most places, the bean sprouts : noodles ratio is way off. You don’t have to add in all the sprouts; it’s a hot noodle soup, not a semi-crunchy lukewarm soggy sprout salad.

4. It’s not meant to be a spicy soup base. Try a bun bo hue if you’re after something like that. Add fresh chilli only to add some piquancy, not to overwhelm the other flavours.

AinslieGarden 2:54 pm 31 May 12

Pho Viet is actually the second branch of Pho Phu Quoc in Dickson, which in my opinion houses the best in Canberra. The menus are the same. There is also Can Tho in Weedon Close in Belco, worth a mention for the large and tasty bowls’o’beef contained within.

Cantoangel 2:17 pm 31 May 12

I went with a bunch of workmates when it first opened. I found the soup a bit watery in taste and everyone with me agreed. That said, it’s probably one of the best in Canberra as the other places I’ve been to (and that is many!) has been either too sweet, or too oily. I’m always critical though with any viet food since I grew up in Footscray 😛

On a side note, the Noodle Cafe does a pretty good Banh Xeo (Mung bean pancake)!

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