Pho Phong takes you straight to the streets of Vietnam, even if you’ve never been.

Girrawheen is Perth’s hub for some of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Perth. While Pho Phong is relatively new on the block, taking over the spot occupied by Pho Huynh last March, it’s made an impact right from the get-go with classics that hit the right notes.

A grilled pork chop is fragrant and scented with lemongrass for com tam doused with spring onion oil. An aromatic bun bo hue is layered with the flavour of shrimp paste. While bun cha Hanoi is fragrant with the smoky scent of grilled pork meatballs and belly that bathe in sweet, tangy dipping sauce. Served with a platter of noodles and herbs, it conjures feelings of street stalls in Vietnam.

Bun cha Hanoi is fragrant with the smoky scent of grilled pork meatballs and belly that bathe in sweet, tangy dipping sauce. Served with a platter of noodles and herbs, it conjures feelings of street stalls in Vietnam.

The pho tai – where a dark beef broth humming with star anise and cinnamon is topped with noodles, trimmings and abundant slices of raw beef – also excels. There’s a cafeteria feel, but the marks are hit where they need to be: loaded condiment trays grace tables, pandan tea comes complimentary, and service is amiable.

If anything, Pho Phong is a fair survey of Perth’s expanding Vietnamese scene. Keen to jump in? There’s no better place to start.