If you’d ever taken tram 109 from the city towards Box Hill, you’d notice that there is an area full of Vietnamese restaurants and shops on both sides of the street in Richmond. One of the restaurants here that I’ve been to is Pho Dzung Tan Dinh, which serves both cheap yet delicious Vietnamese food. The closest train station is the North Richmond Station, and you’ll have to walk a few blocks along Victoria Street to get here, or take the 109 tram and alight at the Lennox Street or Victoria St/Church St stop. The restaurant is also within walking distance of the IKEA in Richmond, and is opened every day with long operating hours. If you’re ever confused about choosing from the array of restaurants to eat at, this might be a place to start.
– General Review –
- Service: 7.3/10
Accepts cash only, so make sure you have enough with you. Staff were typically friendly and helpful.
- Servicescape: 6.5/10
The restaurant gave off a simple and fuss-free Asian kind of atmosphere, and was a little dark on the inside. It’s not fancy at all, and might feel a little ‘cheap’, from cues such as old Chinese songs playing from the TV in the corner. There were plenty of seats inside, but there wasn’t much empty surface on the table as the variety of sauce bottles took up almost half of the space, which made eating a little difficult.
- Non-smoking area: Seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes, some vegetarian dishes available but very limited.
- Price range: $ (AU$8 – $12 for most dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8/10
– Food Experience –
1) Rice Paper Roll (Pork + Prawn):
The dish came with four rice paper rolls, and overall, I thought the taste was just mediocre. However, the rice paper was chewy and tangy, and I liked the peanut sauce. Though I didn’t really like the pork and prawn stuffing since it tasted a little bland, the basil leaves add to the fragrance.
2) Special Beef & Chicken Combination Pho – Regular:
Apparently, pho is one of the popular dishes to try when you’re in this restaurant. Although the portion seemed small initially, it really wasn’t, so don’t be fooled. The noodles were great and the broth was delicious without being too sweet or salty, and there was a generous amount of meat served as well. There were plenty of different options for pho, and three different portion sizes customers can choose from!
3) Special Broken Rice:
I was quite fond of the Special Broken Rice as well, especially the grilled pork chop since it was so tender. The dish looked so varied too, from fried eggs to rice paper roll, to pork chops and veggies. I liked the sweet and sour sauce so I pretty much drizzled it all over… everything. I thought it was excellent value for money too, since it’s relatively cheap yet the food was delicious and portion was enough to make you full.
Contact number: +61 3 9427 0292
Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 8am – 9pm
Posted by: V