Vietnamese pho is, without a doubt, one of the tastiest of all the soupy dishes, and since the weather is cold, we are craving some steamy, warming-from-the-inside-out goodness.
And fellow Asian slurpy soup, Japanese ramen is one of those straight from heaven dishes that, makes your tastebuds want to do backflips too.
Luckily, there are a few spots on the Gold Coast you can grab yourself some of the very best pho and ramen there is. Strap in and prepare yourselves.
i like ramen
Being Australia’s very first plant-based ramen shop, you’d expect this to be one solely for the vegans. But hold that thought, as we think i like ramen is for anybody out there who admires big flavours and genuine cuisine — everyone, right? Hop along to their weekly Wednesday specials night and treat yourself to overflowing bao buns.
Where: 2251 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Ra Ra Ramen
Relatively new to the Gold Coast dining-out scene and already a firm favourite when it comes to bowed heads and a slurping good time. With handmade noodles, broths and some serious know-how on the art of ramen, this Burleigh Heads hot pot spot is the place to taste some authentic Japanese flavours this side of Tokyo.
Where: 21a/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads
Hidden in plain sight, if you haven’t heard of this venue, we hate to say it, but you have passed it a million times. The crew here are well versed in dishing up some mighty fine ramen, all with the best service and whilst wearing their signature red baseball caps. You’ll also find a plethora of Japanese beers and sakes too: great for washing down all that Japanese deliciousness.
Where: 3/1837 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
With three venues to choose from, Muso is your perfect excuse to escape the house midweek and kick back whilst you indulge your ramen addiction. They also stock a good selection of hard-to-find Japanese craft beers and knock out some of the crispiest and moreish gyozas you’ve ever had — the perfect combo whilst you wait for your main!
Where: Shop1/58 Brooke Avenue, Southport or 2b/2484 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach or Shop 4248c “The Kitchens” Robina Town Centre
What these guys find puzzling about ramen isn’t worth solving, as they take elite levels of authenticity and combine it with only the freshest ingredients, all served up in an honest-style ramen shop in Southport, no less. Go for their Classic Ramen with rich broth and a tall glass of Suntory Malts from the tap, and you’re onto a winner.
Where: Shop 24, Mercato on Ferry, 59-73 Meron Street, Southport
O-Me-Ly Vietnamese Restaurant
Broadbeach certainly doesn’t lack some top-notch places to eat, yet this humble Vietnamese restaurant should be firmly on your radar if you want the very best Pho — no exception. You have the choice between Chicken, Beef, and a Special Beef, all with carefully balanced flavours of salt, sweetness, spice and citrus!
Where: 15-24 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach
My Saigon Tuckshop
Finding covert eateries that dish up incredible food at awesome prices and always with a smile is like finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My Saigon Tuckshop serves up the best-tasting Pho at a fraction of the cost you might expect. Leaving you room to sample some other delectable things they serve up, like handmade prawn rice paper rolls and one of the best Banh Mi‘s you’ll likely ever try.
Where: 1/45 Taree Street, Burleigh Heads
Pho Vietnamese Kitchen
When you find yourself at Pacific Fair and amid some much-needed retail therapy, then you need to consider fuelling yourself on the very best food. Pho Vietnamese Kitchen not only offers you the opportunity to let your credit card cool down, but it has fantastic selection of Pho to choose from and salads like their grilled pork vermicelli noodles salad.
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters
Phở Việt (8 Street Harbour Town)
Another one for the shoppers out there, or people who simply adore great Vietnamese food! You’ll find Pho Viet part of the bustling 8 Street Food precinct in Harbour Town Eats; an ode to Asian hawkers street food with accurate flavours from across the orient. Grab a seat (if you can) and choose from a wide selection of handcrafted Phos such as beef brisket and fish ball Pho. Trust us; your shopping can wait!
Where: 147-189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters
Can Tho Kitchen
This Runaway Bay eatery can go toe-to-toe with some of the more luxurious Asian restaurants when it comes to flavour, but as far as cost, it’s nearly half the price. It’s a pretty cool spot and fills up, so you may wanna make a reservation to get your Pho on ASAP.
Where: 5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay
Words by Alex Mitcheson.