A new Vietnamese restaurant opened in Darwin while we were there and after dubbing Saigon Star as the provider of the best pho, we realised we had a new contender to sample. We set our expectations fairly low and walked down to the Waterfront for a feed.
We arrived just as they opened and chose a table inside next to the window. The décor was clean and attractive with a pretty feature wall and fabric lighting fixtures around a central bar. We ordered some beer while we perused the menu. While the laksa, Vietnamese savoury crepes and Lemongrass chicken caught our eye, Juz went with a beef pho and Dave selected the wonton and BBQ pork egg noodle soup.
Our lunch came out fast, and was presented beautifully in designer crockery. At first, Juz was a little disappointed that the ritual of adding fresh herbs to the soup herself was taken away, but after tasting the soup with the herbs already included, she realised there was a new winner. The broth was clear and fresh and was beautiful balanced with cinnamon and star anise. The noodles were soft, silky and fresh while the beef was tender and extra delicious when dipped in the provided plum sauce.
Dave’s soup was colourful but didn’t have as much appeal as Juz’s pho. The dumplings were a little bland and the noodles needed more time to cook, but the broth was tasty.
Overall, we really liked Chow! and look forward to our next visit. They have a great selection of beer, their cocktails have funny names and the pho was absolutely delicious – quite possibly the best pho Juz has had since we left Melbourne.