Pho Flinders Melbourne Review is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.
If at first you don’t succeed…blame the terrible pho chefs in Darwin. After that horrendous pho experience, I was beginning to wonder if I knew what pho was. Like a golf swing gone awry, I began to question if I ever had it. Maybe that Philharmonic sound of a Ping hitting a Precept (clowns use Titleists when they are not pros) and the ball launching effortlessly in the air was a fiction of my imagination. Maybe this bowl of broth isn’t the cave of wonders like my ancestor Aladdin imagined. Maybe this is just soup.
And then TPOL slurps a bowl of proper pho and everything comes back to life.
Welcome to Pho Flinders, the best name for a street or lane (see Supernormal: Where to Eat in Melbourne) since Dequindre or Livernois.
There’s no talk of ‘have you had pho in Australia?’ here. There’s just damn good pho in a damn big bowl for the damn right price of $12.50AUD. I will briefly mention that the summer rolls (2 for $5AUD) are also good, but I would rather focus on the bowl of wonders.
It’s a wonder why they can’t make it like this in Darwin. It’s a wonder why anyone who can’t make pho still tries. It’s a wonder why people don’t eat pho every day!