An Phat Pho Restaurant, 65a Ashley Street, Braybrook. Phone: 9077 7984
Where do all the newly arrived residents of West Footscray’s Bunbury Village do their shopping?
Sims doesn’t seem to be all that much busier – and we visit there often.
Nor do they appear to be hitting Braybrook’s Central West Plaza shopping centre, which appears to have had the same moribund vibe for years.
As well, food-wise Central West has never kicked any goals for us.
So that makes the arrival of An Dat Pho well worth celebrating.
It’s situated on the other side of the car-park from Central West central, sharing a smaller business precinct with a fish and chippery, a charcoal chicken shop, a kebab/pizza place, a noodle shop, a TAB and a Subway.
I’ve tried them all except the latter two – nothing disastrous eventuated but nor did anything that inspired me to post on CTS.
So An Dat Pho is good news for locals – Vietnamese food in an area about midway between the riches of Footscray and Sunshine.
This is especially true as the very good Quan Viet, just up the road a bit on South Road, has closed, seemingly to be replaced in due course by some sort of noodle cafe.
On our visit, Bennie and I enjoy some good, solid if not spectacular Vietnamese food.
Grilled pork skewers (nem nuon, $7) are yummy wrapped in lettuce leaves with herbs and dunked in dipping sauce.
Com ga nuong (grilled chicken with tomato rice, $10) is a hit, with nicely flavoursome chook and fine chicken broth to accompany.
Combination stir-fried thick rice noodles ($12) lets the meal down somewhat.
It’s OK but almost swimmingly wet – in fact, you could just about call it soup!
No problem – we like An Dat Pho and where it’s at, and the service has been grand.
We suspect gravitating towards the vermicelli, pho and rice dishes is the go here.