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TOP10Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Sydney

There’s no need to mess with the classics when they’re done well and that’s the best thing about Local Burger Co. There’s no false advertising when you order an Old School Cheese Burger or a Classic Beef Burger. Grab your burger, you sweet potato fries, maybe a salted caramel shake, and picnic like you did as a kid, in the park across the road.
Elizabeth Fenech - July 2015
The best Vietnamese is usually enjoyed in the western suburbs, in a tiny shop whose ode to decorating involves white laminex tables. That’s partly the reason Ms. G’s has charmed our pants off; it shows that you can get awesome, authentic Vietnamese flavours in a sexy, very Merivale setting. Ok, the menu’s not bound by Vietnamese borders, but you’d be crazy not to love Dan Hong’s take on banh mi, crispy fried chicken and bubble tea.
Another upmarket affair, Red Lantern comes to Darlinghurst by way of Saigon and its dishes are as classical as its interior. Vietnamese pancakes wrapped around finely sliced master stock pork belly, tiger prawns and bean sprouts go down easily and the brave will appreciate the collision of cultures as kangaroo tails are braised with an Asian touch.
There are a cluster of restaurants around Flemington Station, but you’ll spot Pho Toan Than by the queue out the front. Make like a local and share your table with other hungry diners for a fast track to a seat. Aside from the pho dac biet (beef noodle soup) that is the kitchen’s specialty, there’s succulent deep fried pork chop, served on a bed of tomato rice and crispy-skinned chicken that’s spectacularly crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside.
Surry Hills’ signature Vietnamese canteen lays claim on being the first to introduce salad summer rolls to Sydney and, whether that’s true or not, they’re a pretty damn tasty starter and a cheap light snack. Drop in for a Vietnamese slider (or baby banh mi) of barbecued duck or try a seriously spicy pho of Tasmanian beef with chilli, pickles and peanut.
If you like your restaurants to come with personality and a side of motivational pick-me-ups, Nourishing Quarter should be your first stop. The adorable Redfern dining room is crammed with bits and bobs, from portraits of the Queen to mismatched floral tablecloths and higgledy-piggledy china dishes. The Vietnamese menu is completely vegetarian, but they don’t miss a trick when it comes to big flavour.
If you like your restaurants to come with personality and a side of motivational pick-me-ups, Nourishing Quarter should be your first stop. The adorable Redfern dining room is crammed with bits and bobs, from portraits of the Queen to mismatched floral tablecloths and higgledy-piggledy china dishes. The Vietnamese menu is completely vegetarian, but they don’t miss a trick when it comes to big flavour.
Another of Sydney’s oldest Vietnamese restaurants has worked its way into our affections with 20 years’ worth of steaming hot pho. The rice paper rolls here are a steal but your best bet for a meal is a bowl of the kitchen’s famous beef noodle soup.
The owners of Bau Troung are currently seeing the fourth generation of its family working in its highly successful restaurants in Cabramatta, Canley Heights and Marrickville. Visit the Cabramatta dining room for a fuss-free meal and rustic dishes like bamboo shoot noodle soup with duck salad or go for something slightly more refined at Marrickville, with its trendy turquoise dining room and upmarket dishes to match (think smoked duck with seasonal fruit salad and golden fried soft shell crab in a fruit tamarind glaze).
Another family-run restaurant and another contender for the title of Sydney’s best pho. If you’ve arrived at peak hour, hop on the line. At the end of it you’ll find a bowl of liquid gold - a clear beefy broth loaded with noodles that will pick you right up.
How fitting that Dan Hong tops and tails this list. Thanh Binh is where he learned his craft - the restaurants belong to his mother, Angie and, while they’re more traditional than Ms. G’s, you can see where Hong’s desire to play with food came from. The menu offers a “roll your own” rice paper roll kit that’s fresh and plenty of fun, as is the “beef cooked seven ways”, which is like a seven-course banquet for meat lovers.
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