Monday, October 26, 2009

Huong Giang, Marrickville + Gelato!

How was it?
Food: 6.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: $

A couple of Mondays ago, K emailed me and suggested going for a 'quick pho' in Marrickville. Of course I said yes. Fast forward a few hours and we're seated in one of the newer Vietnamese restaurants on Marrickville Rd - Huong Giang. K was a little bit apprehensive of walking in, possibly due to the fact that there weren't many patrons and it was lit in bright green light (don't know what kind of theme they were going for, but it certainly was not working for me or my photos - so apologies in advance!).

Assorted veges and beansprout

Anyway, we walked in and took our seats and had the eager waiter bustling about us, fetching us tea and menus. We both wanted a 'quick pho', but then I saw on their cover that they specialise in Bun Bo Hue, so I had to try it!

Pho Dac Biet $10.00
Beef noodle soup with rare beef, brisket, tripe, tendon & beef balls

Pho Dac Biet $10.00
Beef noodle soup with rare beef, brisket, tripe, tendon & beef balls

K went with the Pho Dac Biet, although she asked to get it without the tripe or tendon, from memory. We both thought that it was considerably more expensive than the bowls of pho you can get in Cabramatta, but did it taste better? Unfortunately K was not impressed. She said it was ok but that it was nothing special. I managed to taste a bit of it, and I thought it was not too bad, but then I am much easier to please than K. Lol. I thought that the beef soup was quite flavoursome, the noodles were soft and there were definitely generous with the meat.

Bun Bo Hue Dac Biet $9.00
Special Beef Noodle Soup
Thick rice vermicelli with sliced pork, beef and blood jelly in hot & spicy lemongrass soup

Bun Bo Hue Dac Biet $9.00

Bun Bo Hue Dac Biet $9.00

The Bun Bo Hue, like the pho, was ok but nothing special. I thought that the soup was a tad too oily and it didn't have that spicy kick that I'm used to having at Gia Hoi. I thought that the noodles here were nicer though (not as slippery!) and I quite enjoyed the sliced pork and blood jelly. Hehe.

Despite the pretty average meals, we both managed to polish off our bowls! I also ordered some takeaway for my brother. I ordered the crispy fried noodles for him, and he said that it was ok, but it was a little bit bland. I didn't try it, so you can take that as one very picky boys' opinion!

I think that Huong Giang definitely has potential. I'll be interested to go back in a few months to see if they've improved or made any changes. It's definitely not a bad choice if you're looking for a quick pho or meal in Marrickville.

So, what's after dinner you ask? Gelato, of course!

Two Scoops $5.40

Upon K's request, we decided to head up to Newtown to Ice+Slice for some gelato. I hadn't been there in so long, I had almost forgotten how much I loved them! K had the chocolate gelato and lemon sorbet - the chocolate was lovely and sweet, I'm not a huge lemon or sorbet fan, but K thoroughly enjoyed it.

Two Scoops $5.40

I chose the pistachio which was delicious and had that beautifully rich and real taste of pistachios. The other flavour I chose was called 'innocence' - it was white chocolate, coffee and hazelnut - three of the best flavours in one! Absolute perfection. I was so content with my gelato :)


Huong Giang
287 Marrickville Rd,
Marrickville NSw 2204
Tel: (02) 9569 3698
Huong Giang on Urbanspoon
Ice + Slice
135 King St,
Newtown NSW 2042
Tel: (02) 9516 4595
Open 7 days


  1. The pho LOOKED nice....I'd probably be the same as you, give it another chance....vietnamese restaurants are very competitive now because there are so many of them to choose from

  2. Gosh, I haven't been to Ice+Slice in ages! I think the last time I was there was for my 22nd birthday (hmm!) The Innocence sounds like a treat - I'll have to stick it in my little book for when I'm feeling like a cold treat this summer :)

  3. How 'innocent'!! I love the gelato combo!

  4. What a shame about the Pho. There's another really good Pho place in Marrickville called Pho Bac Hai Duong-their Pho is fabulous! :)

  5. Hmm, not so sure about the green light, doesn't seem very appetising! There was, or possibly still is, a pizzeria in Perth that puts on a UV light during dinner. Yuck! (and terrible for showing up lint on dark clothing)

    Love the empty gelato bowl shot :)

  6. I like my pho, definitely need to take a day and venture to cabramatta!

  7. Hi Brenda: Yeah, I think we're spoilt for choice in Sydney!

    Hi Shez: I hadn't been there in ages too! And hey, I went there for my birthday aswell - I think it was my 20th though! You must try the innocence, it was amazing!

    Hi Ellie: It was delicious :)

    Hi Lorraine: Oh yes, I remember going there ages ago when I was little and I remember seeing your post about it. AND the SMH just said yesterday that they had the best pho, so I'm definitely going to test it soon!

    Hi Conor: The green light was really strange! Ah that's the worse, when it shows the lint, like in cycle classes at the gym. Haha. Thanks!

    Hi A Table For Two: It's worth it, in my opinion!


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