Shop 15, 545-551 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9268 0084
Marty and I really wanted to see Ted one Sunday afternoon in Sydney so we bought tickets to a lunchtime session, making sure we had enough time to watch it before we were to fly back home to our respective cities. Due to our lack of planning, we ended up not going to this Argentinian place in Surry Hills for lunch (the name of the place escapes me and we only saw it the previous day while window-shopping) and besides, we only had 30 minutes to kill before the movie was to start.
After wandering around aimlessly in the city, we found ourselves at a random arcade just off George Street and lo and behold, a Vietnamese restaurant that was open. We figured that a bowl of phở would not only do us some good, it wouldn’t even take long to prepare (and eat). And so we plonked ourselves down at a table at Pho LV and ordered a bowl of phở each (aside: I do not know why it says ‘Just Pho’ on the signage, the menus all say ‘Pho LV’ as does the signage on the other side of the restaurant).
Despite Pho LV being pretty quiet on a Sunday afternoon (only three tables were full, and one of them was occupied by a single diner who only ordered rice paper rolls), the food took us at least 10 minutes to get to us. Given that we were seasoned phở eaters, this was considered a long wait time. Finally, my brisket and rare beef phở ($10.50) and Marty’s phở dac biet (the lot, $11.50) arrived.
Unfortunately, we’ve had better phở elsewhere. The noodles were a little bit dry (they probably used dry rice noodles) and the soup was bland and lacked any real depth. That said, they gave us heaps of noodles (+1 for me) and the portions were on the generous side (then again, if you’re paying more than $10 for a bowl of phở, you’d want them to be generous).
We ended up not finishing our bowls, not just because we were running late for the movie but because the phở at LV just didn’t do it for us. While I can certainly see this place being a popular lunchtime spot for office workers (for lack of better places to have Vietnamese food around the city), I can’t see myself coming back.
On that note, if any Sydney-siders know where we can find good phở in the city then please leave a comment below, thanks!