Pud Thai v Pho is another winner in Docklands with a splash of authenticity and a location with fine views. The name of this place gets to the point - 2 fine Asian dishes that most of us consume bucketloads of. Vietnamese and Thai influences. I used to be a Pud Thai bloke but Pho has arrested me in recent times.
With quirky pieces throughout the restaurant (including an "On Air" sign) there is a sense of fun and character. The fit out is modern and its pleasant sitting outside as well as in.
City of Melbourne Hot Spots summed this place up well -
There are many places in Melbourne to snaffle great Thai and Vietnamese food, but few that mesh the two cultures so perfectly under the one teeny-tiny roof. Pud Thai vs Pho is a little Bangkok, a little Saigon and very, very Melbourne with its alleyway café ambience. It’s curious why they lyrics “You Are My Sunshine” have been stuck to the walls, but in terms of this place’s eclecticism, it works. And no one would bat an eyelid if Tony Jaa and Johnny Nguyen appeared a gravity-defying fight scene before sitting down for green curry, Vietnamese beef and a few laughs.
The fact is they offer a wide ranging menu and more than just Pud Thai and Pho. Crispy chicken, Massamun curry, Soft Shell Crab, Rice Paper Rolls, Thai Beef Salad, Twice Cooked Duck, Snapper and BBQ Pork to name a few of the dishes.
I ordered the Chicken Pud Thai and it came as a decent portion attractively presented. The chicken pieces were well cooked and it had all the elements of a fine Pud Thai with a delectable sauce. I like the nuts being on the side and lemon to accompany. There was a kick with chilli added.
This is a hidden gem across the bridge from South Wharf. But as it is often packed with city workers, those in the know can vouch for this place.