From the phreshest pho to bangin’ banh mi, here are 10 of our favourite Vietnamese joints to hit up.
Bánh Mì Vũng Tàu
We’re no sticklers for authenticity, but if you want legit Vietnamese, it does seem like Girrawheen is the neighbourhood. Warm crusty bread, heaps of fillings available that don’t stray too far from the traditional, and a price that’s just as tasty as the roll: you’d be a fool to pass up Bánh Mì Vũng Tàu.
Newpark Shopping Centre, Shop 1/64 Marangaroo Drive, Girrawheen
Trang’s Cafe and Noodle House
Bowls of noodle soup you could almost dive straight into? Check. Warm tea and peanuts upon entry? Check. Succulent pork chops? Check. Crispy chicken? Check. This place really ticks all the boxes. Our tip? It’s all good, but get the spicy seafood noodle soup.
Marangaroo Shopping Centre, 11/70 Marangaroo Drive, Girrawheen
Pho 447 Asian Kitchen
After relocating from Dao Vien in Northbridge, Floreat’s teeny-tiny Pho 447 still packs a punch. We’re fans of all of their noodle soups, including (controversially?) their laksa, but we also have it on good authority that their pork chop rice is legit.
1/447 Cambridge Street, Floreat
Thanh Dat Vietnamese Noodle House
It’s hard to resist the magnetic pull of the many amazing Vietnamese restaurants along William Street, but if you can stay strong, you will be richly rewarded with a visit to Thanh Dat. One of the newer spots, these guys specialise in beef short rib pho – but they’ve also just come out with a “Pho the Lot” that is having us dream of beef… And while their bone broth is practically medicinal, we’ve got to start the night right with some crispy, moreish chả giò rế.
425 William St, Northbridge
When it comes to the absolute best bánh mì in Perth, it’s hard to look past Le Vietnam’s two locations in the CBD. Owners Lee and Emily are absolute masters of the craft; the bread is light and fluffy (without being dry), the ingredients are always super fresh and their attention to detail is second to none. They’re always messing around with different creations, and they’ve got some delicious healthy options to try if bread ain’t your thing and just want something light and good for ya.
80 Barrack St + Yagan Square, Perth
Bibra Lake Lunch Bar
We kept seeing these tantalising, enticing banh mi showing up on our stories, and had to investigate. The source? Bibra Lake Lunch Bar. As well as some A+ banh mi, these guys are grilling up a storm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, serving Vietnamese street food cooked over the coals – let your nose guide you.
1/40 Port Pirie St, Bibra Lake
Family favourite of a foodie friend, Ben Thanh is another banh mi spot with loyal devotees. I know we’ve talked about bargains already, but Ben Thanh certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front either. For less than a fiver you can pick up a traditional roll with a choice of pork, chicken or sardine. You won’t find any experimental flavour combinations here, but sometimes the authentic, simple things are really what you need.
Mirrabooka Village Shopping Centre, 4/73 Honeywell Boulevard, Mirrabooka
Roll Vs Bowl
One of our favourite cheap eats, Roll Vs Bowl’s banh mi are a bargain hunter’s dream. With banh mi and rice paper rolls, they’ve definitely got the roll part covered. The bowl? Just as good, with delicately flavoured pho, and delicious rice and noodle bowls.
Shop 138, Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
Another Coventry treasure, supermarket MCQ is chock-a-block with bargain groceries. From their adjoining stall, they’re also serving up some amazing value banh mi. For just five bucks, you can get your choice of pork, chicken or tofu roll, with a refreshing sugar cane juice on the side for a few bucks more.
Shop 350, Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
One of the newest spots on the list, but make sure you don’t mistake youth for inexperience. A family operation helmed by a former Masterchef contestant, Bunn Mee is dishing up fresh and flavourful Vietnamese street food. They manage to maintain amazing service in spite of their hectic rushes – it’s super popular amongst the lunch crowd. It might be a little more expensive than some of the other suburban grab and go places, but for Leederville it’s one of the best value lunches, particularly when you realise just how tasty it is.
112 Oxford Street, Leederville
This low-key Mount Lawley lunch bar has been a pho and banh mi favourite of locals for years. Tucked away on Beaufort Street in between Walcott Street and Queens Crescent, and with no online presence to speak of, Sunshine is about as unassuming as it comes – but their flavourful menu has meant a loyal following of devotees. Generous sizes at reasonable prices make it an all round hit.
683A Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Vietnomese Cafe & Kitchen
A relatively new addition to the North Perth set, Vietnomese will have you nom nomming on their delicious array of Vietnamese meals. Think banh mi, spring rolls and pho, street food style and served with a smile. It’s a popular lunch and dinner spot, but the breakfast banh mi will tempt you in much earlier…
Shop 1/299 Charles St, North Perth