Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Pho 54, Cabramatta
If there is any restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember, this one is up there as I am sure it was there at the same spot when I was just a toddler. Like many restaurants in Cabramatta, this restaurant shows off its old school, retro atmosphere with the layout and almost never-changing menu. Considering how many restaurants lately have closed after less than 1-2 years, it is amazing that Pho 54 has been around for at least a couple of decades with its main aim to serve true, tried and honest Vietnamese cuisine to the Cabramatta locals.
When you enter into the restaurant, don't expect a menu to be there as soon as you sit down. In fact, don't be surprised if they ask for your order even when you don't have the menu at all. It is best to pay attention to the menu written on the wall near the front door and get a good idea on what you want as soon as you sit down.
It was a pretty late lunch so I went for a small bowl of Pho Tai which is a rare beef rice noodle soup ('Saigon Style' according to the menu board). Less than 5 minutes after ordering, the bowl has already arrived at the table. The beef pho is neatly presented with silky noodles along with decent, thick slices of beef that you push down into the broth in order for it to cook. I loved the beef here as it is soft and easy to chew which is how I usually prefer. While I made good use of the Vietnamese mint, bean sprouts and lemon, it is delicious and aromatic enough for me to clean up the entire soup broth by the end.
Satisfying food, quick service and cheap price at $9 - pretty much what we want at any restaurant. The service isn't like what you would expect in a hatted restaurant but as long as the food is great, that's all that really matters here. And it's a great place to gather with the family on a weekend.
54 Park Road, Cabramatta, 2166
(02) 9726 1992