I randomly stumbled across this place when I ventured across to the other side of the city looking for food. It’s one of the few casual sit down eateries near the corner of Little Collins and Elizabeth Street, that was still open for dinner. I was surprised to find it there amongst the cheap retail stores, fast food outlets and convenience stores.
The customers are a mix of passing pedestrians, nearby workers and a handful of loyal customers judging by their familiarity with the menu.
Pho Flinders has another location, *drumroll*, on Flinders Street. However the Elizabeth store must be a franchisee store or the business has been recently sold, because the man behind the counter had no idea what he was doing, although he was trying very hard.
I got two rice dishes, a few rice paper rolls and a snack to take away. The food isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. The sauces were flavourful, and the dishes were tasty enough however my grilled chicken steak wasn’t crispy at all and the tofu and vegie stir fry didn’t contain the freshest ingredients. Such things are perhaps slightly easier to overlook since the prices are more Springvale than Melbourne CBD. However, I don’t have many strong reasons to revisit.