Pho Hung Vuong Saigon & Long Story Short Cafe
REVIEWS by the Cultured Kings
Pho Hung Vuong Saigon
For fans of Vietnamese cuisine, Footscray would have to be the ultimate destination for all things Banh Mi and Pho and one place takes the crown for providing some of the most delicious hot, steamy pho in Melbourne, and that’s Pho Hung Vuong Saigon. Open seven days a week for breakfast right through to dinner, this venue is an institution in the heart of Footscray at 128 Hopkins Street. The energy in the restaurant is intense, with lively staff busily delivering food and taking orders, and patrons eagerly devouring the food in front of them.
My personal favourite is the standard sliced beef pho which comes with a great salty broth, filled to the brim with noodles and rare beef. Fresh basil, bean sprouts and chilli oil complement the dish and add an extra kick to the tastebuds. Other great dishes include rice or vermicelli offerings served with grilled pork, chicken, prawn or with vegetarian spring rolls.
The only downside to the restaurant is that at face value, the service can seem a little abrupt, with waiters barking out orders to each order from across the restaurant and sometimes not so much as a smile or even acknowledgement when your order is being taken. However, the staff at Pho Hung Vuong Saigon make up for this by providing the most efficient service I have ever received in a restaurant. Without fail, I can walk in the door, be directed to a table, place an order and be devouring a bowl of pho in less than 4 minutes, no matter how busy the place is.
Overall, I would highly recommend this place for pho enthusiasts and rate it 5 out of 5 egg noodles.
Find it at: 128 Hopkins Street, Footscray
Long Story Short Café
To cut a long story short, this café is a gem sitting on an unassuming intersection in Port Melbourne. It’s clean, bright and minimalistic interior is refreshing and is an ode to the nearby Port Melbourne beaches. Sit inside, digging into a Matcha Smoothie Bowl, and you’ll expect to feel a sea breeze wafting in.
Compared to other trendy Melbourne brunch cafes, the prices at Long Story Short are expected and the dishes are worth it. The options are colourful and (I like to believe) healthy, and the theatricality is not lost in the acclaimed list of sweet treats. The café’s most internet-famous dish would be the Fairy Floss Dessert Burger; who’s title alone will leave you impressed.
Being only a short bus trip from Flinders Street Station; there’s no reason not to visit!
Find the café at: 40 Crockford St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207