Saturday, 6 April 2013

Photown - Hurstville - Sydney, Australia


A relatively new Vietnamese restaurant that just opened in Hurstville, further down towards the quieter end of Forest Road.

The internal decor is minimal but nice, clean and airy.

The food is authentic Vietnamese and cooked and served by Vietnamese people. There is a nice selection of different items on its menu from the popular 'Pho' to the more rare items you usually don't see in other restaurants like the 'Bo La Lot (Grilled Beef in Betal Leaf)'.

The 'Pho Bo Dac Biet (Special Beef Noodle Soup) ($12.00)' is a decent serving size and contains various cuts of meat like tendons, beef balls, beef slices, ox tail and tripe. The soup is not overly seasoned and just right in flavour. Ingredients are fresh so that's a positive.

'Pho Duoi Bo (Oxtail Noodle Soup) ($11.50)' is not a Pho I have seen before with the oxtail bones sitting on top of the noodles and soup. It has nice flavour and cooked well with the meat falling off the bone but it's missing beef slices? The Pho from Fat Noodle uses this type of bone to cook their Pho stock as well but with their version, there is beef slices on top. I find that the soup becomes gelatinous after sitting there for a while so it would have been better if the bones weren't added.

Decent authentic Vietnamese food in the south of Sydney but prices are a bit steep.

281-283 Forest Rd
Hurstville NSW 2220

Phone no: 02 8034 1573

Opening Hours
11am - 9pm
7 Days a Week



  1. If you want meat added to your oxtail pho (pho duoi bo) you have to tell the waiter. Otherwise, as the name suggested it (only oxtail and nothing else).

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Thanks for your tip. First time having this so wasn't too sure.

      Will order with the meat next time :)