When it comes to late-night or early-morning dining, options are slim and rarely healthy. From late November, a fresh and fragrant alternative will be available at Twenty-Pho Seven, the city’s first 24-hour pho restaurant where punters can slurp their way around the clock.
The restaurant is the latest venture from the boys behind Hochi Mama – Thai Ho, Midawell Phal and their new partner George Do – and will deliver a simple menu that focuses on tasty, authentic pho.
The long-time friends have taken inspiration from their grandparents – it’s a secret recipe they believe will set them apart.
“It’s the same traditional pho, but every restaurant you go to has their own family recipes. Ours is quite unique and we believe that it’s going to be a standout. We want it to be the best in Melbourne,” Thai Ho tells Broadsheet.
All the typical meat options will be available, from chicken and beef to hearty servings of offal for the adventurous, as well as vegan and vegetarian alternatives. There’ll also be rice paper and spring rolls, and banh mi if you don’t froth the broth. The latter will be slightly different to your typical sandwich, with a longer, thinner roll and just two or three topping choices.
To accompany your pho, a full cocktail bar will be serving up Asian-inspired drinks in bubble cups. “There’ll be a sit-down bar where you can mingle with the bartenders while you’re having your pho and cocktails. It’s going to be very Melbourne,” says Ho.
The layout will be similar to that of Hochi Mama – a typically Melbourne style fused with Vietnamese elements: neon lights and graffiti artwork with exposed brick and rustic concrete finishes. The build is care of Twig and Co., from a design by Alexander Tang.
Twenty-Pho Seven will be open in late November in the CBD.
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