Whether you’re looking for what Vietnamese food does best - cheap and cheerful sambos on the run - or something more refined and experimental, this list has you covered. Check out our go-to destinations for the best Vietnamese restaurants in Brisbane.
The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide crowned New Farm restaurant The Foraging Quail Queensland’s Best New Restaurant 2014-15 and awarded it one Chefs Hat. The fine diner offers a contemporary menu and the dishes are infused with Vietnamese Chef Minh Le’s heritage, which is what makes them so special. The Foraging Quail’s luxurious decor is unlike any other Vietnamese restaurant in the city and the same is to be said about its unique culinary offerings.
O my! It’s a refreshingly modern Vietnamese dining room that’s cheering up a grey corner in Annerley. We like that you can sit down for brekkie to both sweet corn and zucchini fritters as well as a bowl of pho. If you thought the crispy baguette half of a bahn mi was the only thing the French left to Vietnamese dining, you’re in for a treat. They also left coffee behind, so the Vietnamese gave the nectar of the caffeine gods their own sweet twist, and you can try a traditional version at Cafe O-Mai - condensed milk on the bottom, coffee in a drop filter on top and ice ready to stir through.
This is a CBD restaurant where the quality of the pho is directly inverse to the appearance of the joint. Don’t be fooled by the cramped, utilitarian dining room or the huddles of poor students out the front. AJ Vietnamese Noodle House dishes up some of the best pho in the city. The house special is the beef noodle soup, which is brimming with tender sliced beef, tripe, tendons, beef balls and slippery noodles in a multi-layered meaty broth.
It’s kind of a mouthful to say, but Sunnybank’s go-to dining destination for pho and for watching the walking traffic that bustles through Market Square is Pho Hien Vuong Pasteur. Besides, pretty soon you’ll be savouring mouthfuls of slurpy, soupy goodness and you won’t care where the hell it came from. The flavours are big, the servings are generous and the ingredients are fresh, fresh, fresh. The best bit? A meal leaves you with change from 10 bucks.
This Nundah establishment is a cafe by day, French-Vietnamese restaurant by night and serves up flavoursome classics that offer diners a true taste of Hanoi. The mung bean vermicelli chicken soup is a must-try. Rice paper rolls, often dry, limp and uninspiring, go off with a bang at Simply Duo.
Tan Thanh is located on the outer edge of Inala shopping centre, but don’t let that deter you, it’s always tossed around in the battle for the title of “best pho in Brisbane”. It’s fitting that the dining room is never quiet - staff buzz efficiently around packed tables in the most gracious way possible. Of course, the beef pho with braised brisket is at the top of everyone’s list but the fresh rice noodle soup with sticky pork hoc and the breakfast congee are worth writing home about, too. Note: The DIY pork rice paper rolls are a bit of fun for the family.
You know the “three little piggies” (triple pork banh mi) is good when it’s sold out almost every day by the time two o’clock hits. Mrs Luu’s is geared towards Milton’s lunchtime office crowd, its stripped-back menu offering banh mi, ripper rice paper rolls and vermicelli salads. Sure, the queue snakes out the door, but it’s fast moving and the reward is worth the wait.
This freshly-opened takeaway stall is located just outside hip French-Vietnamese restaurant, Libertine, and is already cultivating a reputation for the mother of all meals on the run; banh mi. Wham Bam takes a detour from the traditional fillings, weaving its way into our hearts with Bang! Bang! Chicken, pork done three ways and black pepper tofu with marinated sweet potato. Plus, if you eat on the charming al fresco terrace you get a free iced tea. Sold!
A tiny, unimpressive shopping village in Canon Hill is home to a Coles, a liquor store and not much else, except some of the best Vietnamese in the city. The spicy beef soup delivers exactly what it says on the label; the right amount of heat alongside loads of soft beef, veggies and noodles.
Little Saigon’s shift to its Adelaide Street location has delivered a fresh new look, but the kitchen’s still serving the same wholesome lunches we know and love. There’s a bustling banh mi station down one end of the restaurant (hello, house-made chicken liver pate) and an a la carte order counter at the other. Alongside the pho, there are steamed rice buns, vermicelli noodle salads and a Vietnamese take on Pad Thai. We love that the takeaway packaging is eco friendly and the serving ware is sourced through Oxfam.