A few months back I was critical of the repeated rebranding of a Vietnamese restaurant on Brunswick St, and I was skeptical of whether the latest incarnation, Basil Leaf Pho La Que, could succeed. Readers gave it positive reviews and encouraged me to try it, and I’m glad I did because I was impressed by the food.
My dining companion and sought a light dinner after a busy day and a generous lunch, so we shared prawn rice paper rolls and each had a bowl of beef pho. The broth was full of flavour with no trace of MSG burn, the meat was tender and the basil and beanshoots fresh. They delivered everything you could want from pho.
I think it’s better than Mr Juice and Coconut Palms, particularly in the quality of the meat, and, at $9 for a quite large ‘medium’ bowl that I could barely finish, excellent value. Basil Leaf Pho La Que has improved on its predecessors and is definitely worth trying. Do they serve the best pho in Fitzroy?