Sydney restaurants where people love to queue #53: Pho Toan Thang in West Homebush \ Flemington.
Homebush West has become a favourite lunch spot when we find ourselves hungry in the South-West. It's a small bunch of shops with a handful of great hole-in-the-wall restaurants. It's easy to find a park (or get the train) and you can justify your lavish lunch by getting some super cheap veggies at Flemington Markets across the road.
The most popular joint here seems to be Pho Toan Thang. We arrive for Sunday lunch and the queue is a doosy as always, but we try the old 'Far Queue Two' trick. Shawn gives the boss lady the V sign indicating we're a party of two, and we're ushered straight in, ahead of the other folks who are in groups of four or more and harder to squeeze in. We get some dirty looks, or at least we imagine we do. We give apologetic smiles in return. Far Queue Two.
The menu is a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese standards.
Bunh thit nuong - $8.50. The Vietnamese classic of grilled pork on cool rice noodles. The pork is extra tasty here.
Rare beef pho - $8.50. The broth has a little more oomph that some other places, tasting of more beef, less sweet. Thumbs up.
Pho Toan Thang is at Shop 9, 90-95 The Crescent, Flemington. Phone 9674 3687.
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