It appears that some restaurants in Sydney (and elsewhere too, I guess) come and go as often as people do in our lives. And just like people – some restaurants also relocate, go through name changes and revamp their old look to keep up with the times. Change is inevitably a wonderful thing and I embrace it – I love seeing new things happening/popping up, and as I’ve discovered, the food scene in Sydney is full of surprises.
From my online research, “Thuy Huong” was formerly called Thuy Houng Coffee Lounge and was located at 252 Illawarra Road, Marrickville. Today, it is named “Thuy Huong Vietnamese Restaurant”, and has moved a little further up the road to become part of “Photown”, with its new address being 304 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, NSW (the same address of the former Pho James). Thuy Huong also has a new phone number – (02) 9558 4022 – the same as Pho James’s old number. 1
I don’t know why Thuy Houng changed their name and relocated up the road, but I do know that the new place looks great and makes excellent Vietnamese food, including a delicious and generous bowl of special beef rice noodle soup (phở đặc biệt) and a totally flavourful seafood hotpot. We never went to Thuy Huong at its previous location, so I can’t make a comparison between its old and the new incarnations, but I can say that the food is super delicious and the service is fast, friendly and helpful too.
Judging from some of the recent posts that I’ve seen online/social media by fellow Oz food bloggers, it seems that I’m not the only one who’s naturally responding to the current cool weather with a comforting/satiating bowl of hot noodle soup. Pho, laksa, ramen, udon, etc – you name it – it’s being munched, slurped, burped and snapped, and satisfying the grumpy hungry tummies of many foodies alike.
For me, I love all sorts of noodle soups – but having been brought up on a diet of Lao-style pho and laksa, it’s only natural that I gravitate towards pho as one of my favourite noodle soup dishes, although, don’t worry laksa, ramen, udon and friends – I haven’t forgotten about you guys either and will catch up soon.
We already know a couple of awesome pho places in Marrickville/Photown (PHD being one of them), but restaurants often have their special recipes/twist for classic dishes so it’s always great to try new renditions. Also, after starting this food blog, I’ve made it a goal of ours to try and taste/eat at different places/restaurants and different cuisines too – simply to explore and appreciate new flavours/food, and share our experiences with you – all in the name of research and love/understanding, of course.
We recently visited Thuy Huong Vietnamese Restaurant for a late lunch on Anzac day. We browsed past the Photown strip and chose Thuy Huong from the other restaurants, based on the number of joyful customers they already had inside, and also the comfortable looking, modern interior/setting as well. We soon realised that our decision was a wise one, for after entering, we were quickly presented with friendly, smiling waitstaff, a pot of complimentary soothing hot tea, and a lovely meal. Thanks Thuy Huong for a great afternoon – we’ll be back for more, wherever you’re located.
Thuy Huong Vietnamese Restaurant
Address: 304 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, NSW, 2204
Phone: (02) 9558 4022
Open Hours: Open 7 days (8am – 10pm)
- By the way, if you’re wondering and if my memory serves me correctly – I asked the waitress and she informed us that the name “Thuy Houng” translates to “flavour of the ocean”. Please let me know if this is incorrect. ↩