Window Cafe, 25 Borrack Square, Altona North. Phone: 9399 2442
Fresh red chilli slices.
There are none.
What kind of pho joint doesn’t have fresh red chilli slices?
Ahhh, the kind that does have raisin toast and ham and cheese croissants and does coffee.
But, heck, I don’t mind – because the pho I am served is very good.
Pho can be had in Altona-by-the-bay.
But Altona is a big suburb, so if you live away from the bay, for pho Footscray, Sunshine or St Albans beckon.
So if we lived hereabouts and had Window Cafe nearby, we’d still go often to Footscray, Sunshine or St Albans – naturally – but maybe a little less often.
This is a simple, small place serving a tight range of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.
As well as pho you can get the expected rice dishes, mee goreng and char kway teow (see menu below).
As far as pho goes, there’s only one size – big! – as is usual in non-pho specialist places away from the main Viet precincts.
I go straight sliced beef – and am delighted with said meat’s quality and quantity.
Most of it is nicely lean and rare but there is also some good brisket of a slightly more fatty variety.
The broth is mildly flavoured but fine.
That’s our feelings about this place too.
It’s perfectly fine, and having it less than 5 minutes from home means perfect impromptu meals. But when we crave ‘the good stuff’ – we will head to Hampshire Rd.