From the phreshest pho to bangin’ banh mi, here are nine 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
True story: I have a friend who loves Yellow Pancake so much she publicly thanked them during her wedding. I might not be at that level just yet, but by god, I’m pretty close. Their signature dish is bánh xèo, or yellow pancakes: crispy, rice pancakes filled with your choice of chicken, beef or prawns and pork. It’s worth the trip just for that, but you’ll find yourself returning again and again, for the bo kho, for a lunch time banh mi, for the thit bo xao…
38A Grantham Street, Wembley
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
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
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
Ben Thanh (temporarily closed)
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