Pho Gia Hoi offers up a Vietnamese menu that’s in a similar vein to Me Pho and Tan Viet. Funnily enough, the 3 competitors are also located along the same stretch of road in Eastwood. Upon inspection though, Pho Gia Hoi’s menu is more extensive than the other two’s.
We ordered the net rice paper spring rolls with crab and shrimp. You could taste little morsels of shrimp within the juicy filling of meat and mushroom, and the netting was light and crispy.
The combination flat rice noodle soup with raw beef, brisket, tendon, tripe and beef meat balls came with a generous amount of meat. The broth though, was not so clean and was quite cloudy in appearance, with a one-note beefy flavour. It didn’t have the depth of flavour or complexity of a good broth.
The raw beef and ox tail soup with rice noodles contained well-cooked ox tail, though flavour-side the meat was bland, perhaps a little over-boiled.
The special pork noodles came with pork sausage, pork leg, pork trotter, pork meat balls, gravy beef and blood jelly in a spicy broth. The noodles in this was a round noodle and the broth was a little but not overly spicy. The meat was plentiful, but once again the flavour had been boiled out of it.
The crispy skin chicken came with rice noodles in a clear chicken broth, which was a little bland. The crispy skin chicken is probably behind its competitors – even though the skin was paper thin, the meat was a little dry.
Pho Gia Hoi is probably the least favourite of mine out of the three pho restaurants that I’ve been to in Eastwood. It does come out on top in terms of variety though, so it’s not a bad choice if you’re looking to try something different.