Review: Pho 88 (Newtown)

Every time I see a new restaurant I want to try it straight away. Sadly, I almost never get to do it when it’s still “new”. On the bright side, in most cases my delay gives the business a chance to settle down and deliver more consistent meals. Today’s case is the “new” Vietnamese in the ‘hood: Pho 88. The name didn’t sound too creative, and the place didn’t look too fancy, but the expectations were met and surpassed.

Gladys, Al and I shared three mains as usual. We ordered duck “for a change”. The Vietnamese duck salad was delicious, if we didn’t have two more dishes to go, I’d have ordered a second one.

Duck salad

Vietnamese duck salad ($18.80)

Our second dish was another Asian classic: chilli lemongrass beef, which not only had a great flavour, but super tender meat, a thing that is sometimes hard to find in that kind of dish.

Chilli lemongrass beef

Chilli lemongrass beef ($11.50)

The third dish was completely new for us, and clearly the winner of the night. The tamarind Pacific dory was well cooked and the sauce was totally addictive.

Tamarind dory

Tamarind Pacific dory ($18)

Service was excellent, very attentive and efficient. As we missed out on the Pho, I know we will be back.

Pho 88
343 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9519 4972

Pho 88 on Urbanspoon


5 comments

  1. I am like you, I always want to jump in and try a newly opened restaurant but never do. The dory looks really good, not something I would normally order, but after seeing the pic and your comments, is on the ‘to try’ list.


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