OH and I got invited to join a couple of friends at the Queen Victoria Night Market held Wednesday nights during the summer months. On the allotted Wednesday Melbourne decided to send us torrential rain and thunder storms – it was a pretty unanimous decision to take a rain check (pardon the pun) on our marketing adventures. Instead we decided to meet up for a casual cheap and cheerful meal at Wat Da Pho in South Melbourne. I had seen it a few times when I’d been to pick up OH from his work in Albert Park and it looked like a fairly busy place – always good sign.
I rang ahead to check if they took bookings or were a walk in kind of place. The helpful staff advised me that they did both and advised me to book as they get pretty busy at certain times. I booked, but unfortunately when Feisty Sidekick arrived they didn’t have a booking under my name. It wasn’t an issue and the staff sorted a table for us. We suspect that they misheard over the phone and that our booking was in fact under a different name. No issues.
The menu is small but quite tempting. To start we tried the Crunch Spring Rolls a serving of six mini spring rolls – we opted for three Pork and three Vegetable and the Rice Paper Rolls. OH and I preferred the Vegetable Spring Rolls and we each tried a different Rice Paper Roll. I had the Lemongrass Beef, OH had Chicken and Avo and Feisty Sidekick had the Prawn. We were later joined by Sport Mad Chick who had both the Beef and the Prawn – she had a bit of catching up to do (navigating Melbourne’s tram network in the rain can be very time consuming).
We all opted for the Pho over other dishes on the menu. Pho is a Vietnamese soup usually made with thinly sliced beef (Pho Bo) or Chicken (Pho Ga). The beef is cooked in the fragrant stock to which the diner can add Vietnamese mint, bean sprouts and lime etc. I had the Chicken with rice noodles, while OH and Feisty Sidekick both had Beef with rice noodles and Sport Mad Chick had Beef with egg noodles. OH and I liked the flavour of the Pho but felt the noodles were a little overdone might try the egg noodles next time.
Overall we thought it was a good meal for a rainy Wednesday night in Melbourne. I think we all agreed that there were other items on the small menu that would warrant a return visit to sample.