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“Great Pho Options”
Review of Pho 888

Pho 888
Ranked #21 of 138 Restaurants in Box Hill
Price range: USD 5 - USD 10
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

When it's cold and wet what better for lunch than a bowl of pho. We haven't tried Vietnamese in Box Hill so we looked for somewhere crowded. My wife picked the beef and i went for the roast chicken - small medium and large bowls are offered and we chose the medium after seeing the large. When they arrived it was obvious we could have chosen the small. Plenty of Thai Basil, bean shoots and fresh chilli so were were very happy with our tasty meals. Fast and efficient service with cheap prices.

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Thank Llewellyn53
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Birthday lunch on a cold rainy Friday afternoon just had to be Pho. Having returned to Melbourne from Sydney after 14 years meant that this was possibly going to be a hit or miss event. A quick search online pointed at Box Hill. There was a great choice but Pho 888 kept coming to the top of the list in a beckoning way. All was revealed when I sat down in the restaurant and faced the mural on the window. A chicken head facing a cow head. That was the mural of our original “beef or chicken” café, from over 20 years ago, this felt like the same location. Back then it was manned by very patient staff who appeared to know 3 words in English. Beef or chicken! They always delivered great beef or chicken noodle soup and sides of great spring rolls. A meal for a family of 5 for around $20 in those days.
We learnt at the end of the meal that the renovations had just been completed a couple of weeks ago. So the cooling brilliant green rural seen of Vietnam on one wall reflected by the mirror on the other wall had us eating in a beautiful very soothing country setting in the middle of Box hill. Missing were the menu items in Vietnamese taped to the walls that when you asked always translated as beef or chicken. Replaced by a great menu with pictures and as always great prices. And a great crowd for lunch.
Lunch was a special chicken Pho, the pork chops and a side of spring rolls. In no order of special, fantastic or delightful. The dipping sauce for the spring rolls was drinkable. Its balance of sugar salt and chilli one of those special Vietnamese moments, punctuated by the crunchy fine strands of carrot that looked like saffron fronds delivering an unexpected crunch level for such fine slices. That’s only the dipping sauce. The prawn rolls delivered the sensation of just that. A crunchy wrapper around a juicy prawn filling that delivered the flavour complexity of a fresh grilled prawn. When wrapped in the fresh iceberg lettuce leaf and dipped in the sauce… that’s a great flavour delivery hard to put into words. We did hesitate to question one another about the filling, was it a prawn or minced prawn? But too late! That was the last one. Yum.
The glaze on the pork made then look sensational. The flavour divine and the salad simple but complementary to the pork. It was ordered as a low carb meal choice and delivered great depth of flavour and tenderness in the meat complemented by a well-dressed salad with an exciting punchy coriander zing to it. Overall a great dish.
And for the birthday boy Chicken Pho. You have no idea how hard it is to find a Chicken Pho in Sydney. Its easier to find a souvlakia (usually deconstructed.) up there than this gastronomical wonder. I had impatiently torn the leaves off my mint and squeezed the lemon over the chilli in anticipation as I waited for the soup. It arrived (best part of 5 minutes wait, but it has been a long time!) The large bowl was placed in front of me. The courtesies over, on went the bean sprouts and mint followed by the chilli and lemon juice. The chopsticks gently pushed then down into the delicious broth chicken, giblets and noodles and livers. Then the rest of the necessary ritual. A half 50mm circle of red then brown sauce in the middle, then gently whisk the sauces through the broth. Then taste and drift off into delicious memories. This tasted a lot better than the memories. The broth had enormous depth, the sauces just acted to frame the work of wonder. The slices of chicken Brest so fresh and juicy they squeaked on your teeth as you bit into them. It doesn’t get much better that that or does it. The giblets had been cooked until tender then sliced, turning them into flavour punched soft morsels of sheer delight. Mmmmm the livers, usually quite dry in soup, prone to over cooking. Not in this soup, delicious just right. The thin sliced noodles were in abundance but not dominant. They lasted to the bottom of the delicious broth and still maintained good texture. The choice of birds eye chillies, a good but not overpowering I would estimate a burn of around 4 on a scale of 1 to 10. That’s using the whole serve in one bowl of soup. I like chilli. Reset the bar and the memories, this Pho is my new number 1. Great food, great service lovely space to eat in. We’ll be regulars.

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Thank Anddyh
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Visit here often. Great food every time. Quick service in and out which is great for a quick lunch. Always busy but always serve you quickly.

Thank Tammy C
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

We have very bad experience. The egg noodles was not properly cooked, the pork slices were very tough and the soup was salted.
Shall we come back - no
Value for money - no

Thank OtCay
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Been going to this place for many years. I usually stick to the Pho Tai (sliced rare beef in broth with noodles, chilli, beanshoots and vietnamese mint ). Very tasty and fresh. Served within a few minutes of ordering. Restaurant always busy with locals at lunch and in the evening which is always a good sign! Great value for money.

Thank David M
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