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Madame Nhu, Surry Hills

Author: Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

If you’re in need of sustenance after indulging in a few drinks at the Wild Rover, Madame Nhu in Surry Hills hits the right spot.

Located a mere stumble from the bar at the corner of Campbell and Foster Street, the tiny eatery with indoor and outdoor seating knows how to pack a crowd.

Madame Nhu, Surry Hills
Madame Nhu 

The décor evokes an era of French colonial Vietnam in the 1950s-60s, the period when Madame Nhu, the President’s sister in law, assumed the role of Vietnam’s first lady. A mural of the lady pointing a gun is difficult to miss among the weathered furniture, bird cages, blue and yellow light fittings hanging from the ceiling, and blue painted shutters.

Once seated, you’ll be seduced by the aroma of pho coming from the kitchen.

Madame Nhu, Surry Hills
Tiger prawn summer rolls with nước chấm

The tiger prawn summer rolls with nước chấm dipping sauce ($9.50) are a good option to start with while waiting for the main courses.

Madame Nhu, Surry Hills
Bún bò grilled beef

The bún bò grilled beef with vermicelli salad and chilli lime vinaigrette ($16.90) is big on flavour with tender pieces of beef with hints of spice.

Madame Nhu, Surry Hills
Signature đặc biệt phở, grass-fed beef prepared three ways

The signature đặc biệt phở with grass-fed beef prepared three ways ($15.90) is fragrant,with silky, smooth noodles and generous pieces of tender beef in a delicious broth. Should you find yourself unable to finish the meal, for 50 cents for a take-home container and the leftover pho still tastes good the following day.

Madame Nhu is a charming eatery. Casual and affordable, the dishes are generous in size and flavour and service is friendly and efficient. For a good place to eat in Surry Hills that doesn’t stretch the budget, Madame Nhu not only ticks all the right boxes, it will bring you back for more. And that has nothing to do with the lady’s pointed gun.

Madame Nhu
82 Campbell St, Surry Hills (corner of Foster St)
Lunch Mon-Sat: 11am-3pm.
Dinner 7 nights: 5pm-10pm

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Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.

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Madame Nhu, Surry Hills was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Corinne

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