FOOD, Food reviews, Uncategorized PHO XIC LO @ CHATSWOOD 24 September 2006


Pho Xic Lo
17 Spring Street
Chatswood, NSW 2067
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Was at Chatswood today and realised we hadn’t had any Vietnamese food in yonks. Walked past Pho Xic Lo and decided we’d have lunch there. All the tables were full, which was a good sign. Service was pleasant and quick, which made a great quick lunch. Only downside was that the only table available was dirty when we arrived, which was a bit of a turn off. Still, the free-for-all serviettes and big jug of complimentary hot tea there made up for it.

I decided on Crispy Skin Chicken with Rice Noodles. I’d actually requested that it be “beef soup”, but it came in plain unflavoured soup – disappointing 🙁 That said, the noodles were just perfect. Smooth, slippery little suckers and the broth wasn’t too salty. Yummilicious. The crispy skin chicken… hrmm.. well.. I’ve had better at Pre-Pho @ Eastwood. Whilst the skin was tasty and super-crisp, the meat itself wasn’t as juicy and plump as it coudl have been. It was a tiny bit on the dry side.

Chris opted for Tomato Rice with Chargrilled Pork and Soup. The pork was FANTASTIC – all juicy and the smell of the charcoal really came through. The tomato rice wasn’t as flavourful as the Eastwood version, however.

We also got a Vietnamese Milk Coffee since the other table had ordered 4, which piqued our interest 😉 Unfortunately it was a rip-off!! At $3.50, it came in a teeny glass that was 80% ice. The coffee simply tasted like instant Nescafe. Utterly ridiculous and we grouched the whole meal over that 😉

All in all, it’s decent Vietnamese food.. but really doesn’t beat Eastwood. Still good though, because of location, as it’s right near me!


Pho Xic Lo

Crispy Skin Chicken

Rice Noodle Soup

Tomato Rice with Chargrilled Pork and Soup

Vietnamese Milk Coffee

16 Comments

  • thefragrantelf posted on September 24, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Mmm, sounds tasty (we had crispy skin chicken with special salt and lemon sauce on the side last night, yum!), bit of a bummer about the coffee though, I hate it when things like that happen.

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 12:30 pm

      Ooo I know that chicken, it’s yum that way too!

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  • angelnotes posted on September 24, 2006 at 10:57 am

    Yikes, I dislike paying for over-priced drinks! :O

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 12:33 pm

      I wasn’t happy ;( But ah well, couldn’t quite tell them “your coffee sucks and is too expensive” so we had to just gulp it down. I know never to order it again!

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  • starbucksweetie posted on September 24, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    Yum! The only time I’ve ever had Vietnamese food are those long sandwiches.

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 9:39 pm

      Oooo vietnamese food is so good, their noodles are always my fave!

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  • thefragrantelf posted on September 24, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Mmm, sounds tasty (we had crispy skin chicken with special salt and lemon sauce on the side last night, yum!), bit of a bummer about the coffee though, I hate it when things like that happen.

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 12:30 pm

      Ooo I know that chicken, it’s yum that way too!

      Reply
  • angelnotes posted on September 24, 2006 at 10:57 am

    Yikes, I dislike paying for over-priced drinks! :O

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 12:33 pm

      I wasn’t happy ;( But ah well, couldn’t quite tell them “your coffee sucks and is too expensive” so we had to just gulp it down. I know never to order it again!

      Reply
  • jinho2651 posted on September 24, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    If only there was pho in Pensacola…This place is truly not Asian-friendly.

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 9:40 pm

      It’s a pain when places don’t have food from all cultures! I think that’s my favourite part about Sydney

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  • starbucksweetie posted on September 24, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    Yum! The only time I’ve ever had Vietnamese food are those long sandwiches.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 9:39 pm

      Oooo vietnamese food is so good, their noodles are always my fave!

      Reply
  • jinho2651 posted on September 24, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    If only there was pho in Pensacola…This place is truly not Asian-friendly.

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    • beverly posted on September 24, 2006 at 9:40 pm

      It’s a pain when places don’t have food from all cultures! I think that’s my favourite part about Sydney

      Reply

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