Wat Da Pho

212 Clarendon Street South Melbourne, Victoria 3205

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Opening hours Mon-Fri noon-3.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm; Sat noon-9pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Licensed
Prices Cheap (mains under $20)
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9696 5605

Pop culture meets pho in a funked-up Vietnamese venue bringing bright takes on traditional dishes to South Melbourne’s hip advertising and retail crowd. Grab primary-coloured chopsticks, slide out a mismatched stool and sit down to rich beef broth-based pho zinging with citrus notes. ‘Pimp’ your bowl with chicken, tripe, tendon, beef brisket or beef balls. Lemongrass tofu rice-paper rolls are a snappy palate cleanser, so, too, bowls of rice or noodles topped with crunchy Vietnamese salad and dressed with your choice of ‘sticks’: caramelised pork is a dark, herby mouthful. Alcoholic ice blends will be a summertime hit.