After twenty years we finally get around to blogging Pho Pasteur Vietnamese on George Street.
Pho Pasteur is a princely saint amongst the evils of southern George Street: pawn shops, porn shops and Pie Face.
A sign on the front window says Pasteur opened twenty years ago, which is kind of auspicious to us. Twenty years ago was the last time Shawn was considered remotely fashionable (flans were briefly hip in the 1990's), and it was also twenty years ago when Alison first moved from the outer-west to the inner-west, as did Shawn's hair.
Bar the odd lick of paint, Pho Pasteur's decor seems to have barely changed in twenty years and that's the way we like it. This place is special, and judging by the constant crowd, other folks agree.
The menu is pretty much your standard Viet-hole-in-the wall stuff. We give our favourites a whirl: combination broke rice (awesome rissole/pork slice & pork chop is grilled, not fried, yay!) and special beef pho (special = beef + cow innards). A new favourite here is the grilled pork rice noodle soup, with the pork sausages served on the side and pho broth in the soup, a nice change to the usual plain Chinese style broth that usually comes with this style of dish.
We've dropped into Pasteur three times in the last couple of months, and many more times over the years, and we're always taken aback by how dang nice the staff are here. Recently Shawn dropped in for a quick late arvo pho and the waiter dude stopped for a chat, even offered to take Shawn's photo when he pulled his camera out, assuming he was a tourist (yes, he's that daggy). We were equally gobsmacked when we looked up this Pho Pasteur on Whingeability (Eatability) and folks complained about the rude service (what the?) and the lack of ambience (this place is so dang old skool cool!) Oh well, let these idiots eat at Wagamama, and leave the good stuff for the rest of us :-)
Pho Pasteur is at 709 George Street - Haymarket/Chinatown.
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