In my ongoing search for some of the city’s best pho, this rainy winters day took us to this little hole in the wall place in the hustle and bustle of James Place, Mr Viet. Since this somewhat accidental ‘quest’ started, this had been mentioned by more than a few people, so I was quite interested to see how it stacked up.
A quick walk to James place and we found an already bustling and busy Mr Viet. We pulled up some stools at the bar, placed our orders (pho and a pint of beer) and grabbed our herbs, fresh chilli, cucumber and lemon wedge.
Incidentally….. Sitting at a bar is always a great thing to do. You get to see whats going on around the place, you feel somehow more conected with the staff at the venue, and you always have a much better vantage point to just scan around the place. Of course, this is quite small, so you can pretty much see everywhere from wherever you are, but lets not get stuck on specifics here. And – crucially – you just seem to get better service. Truly – where you can, if you are in the mood, then sit at the bar.
Small segway aside you want to know about the pho. In my humble opinion, it is excellent. The meat was particularly impressive, being clearly raw when placed into the steaming broth, meaning it poached through beautifully. The abundance of spring onion in there was a nice touch for me, and the mushrooms, noodles and other ingredients all hit the spot.
The broth is that key thing though, and this was also excellent. Great depth, perhaps a bit more lifted flavour in there and a little less salt than some, this was absolutely delicious, warming and moorish. One of the best around.
Other than pho, Mr Viet do have other things. Feel free to check that out, but it really is hard to go past their staple. Served with a beer – which comes from a tap with their own name on the top (but I cant see them making it themselves) – its $13.00. Yep, that’s all. Sensational value in anyone’s language.
With the rain teeming down and cold winter well and truly here, Mr Viet and some pho does look like a wonderful lunch option.
Mr Viet are open Monday to Thursday 10:30 till 5pm, and Friday 10:30 till 8pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.