Thursday, October 11, 2012

PHD - Marrickville

I've heard a lot about PHD from loads and loads of people - some even swearing that it's like the best Pho in Sydney. But funnily enough, it's taken me until now to check out the place.

We started with some spring rolls to share. Us and our friends (also first-timers to PHD) agreed that this was not the best viet spring rolls we've had. They weren't the super tasty, nicely mincy, and thinly pastry crispy spring rolls we were after. It was also quite stingy on the lettuce, giving us only 2 measly pieces for the 6 spring rolls.
Spring Rolls
We all decided to order pho. One friend had the rare beef, another had the rare beef with beef brisket noodles. Hubby had the special beef whereas I chose the beef ball with beef tripe. The bowls of noodles were large and filled to the brim in soup. My beef balls and beef tripe was really tasty, but hubby's beef brisket seemed a little tough (cut thin instead of bit chunks of tender meat). The soup in these noodles was really sweet and not as herby compared to other places. I can see why people would love this soup - it reaches some sweet spot. But personally, I think I'd want it to have a good balance between sweetness and herbiness.
beef ball and tripe noodles
rare beef noodles
Special beef noodles
At the end of the day, pho is always a comforting food to have on a cold rainy day so I wouldn't say no to eating pho here even if it's a bit sweeter than what I'd like.

Food - 7.5/10
Service - 6/10
Ambiance - 6.5/10
Value for money - 7/10
Overall - 27/40

PHD Vietnamese Restaurant
308 Illawarra Rd
Marrickville NSW 2204
Tel: (02) 9559 5078


Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

I, too, found their pho stock a little too sweet. It's fascinating to watching all the pho noodle houses spruce up along Illawarra Road though.

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