Madame Nhu
Madame Nhu

Recent Reviews

Tip: We list below only reviews from the major media and non-anonymous, trust-worthy sources.

Critic reviews / Features

Madame Nhu featured in City Hub, 2/4/2020

City Hub feature Madame NhuSpecial Surry Hills edition featuring Madame Nhu, City Hub, issue 2/4/20. See JPG here. Source: City Hub

Madame Nhu featured in Big 7 Travel, 3/2020

Big 7 Travel interview Madame NhuHow Restaurateurs Are Surviving Social Distancing, Big 7 Travel, 3/2020

Hornsby cheap eats - FEature

Daily Telegraph review restaurant HornsbyThe Daily Telegraph, June 2019 - "The pretty space in the Level 3 food court is a great place to sit down... Grab three summer rolls for under 10 bucks and enjoy a healthy lunch without breaking the bank."

"Some of the best pho in Sydney"

Good Food Guide under 30 2014"[Madame Nhu] serves some of the best pho in Sydney – no easy feat considering the vast number of contenders." - Broadsheet

Sydney's Best 25 lunches

Good Food Guide under 30 2014Sydney's Best 25 lunches for $25 & under - "Madame Nhu: Hot, quick and delicious — pho ticks all the boxes when it comes to lunch" Daily Telegraph 14/10/14

20 Of Sydney's Best Healthy Dinners

Good Food Guide under 30 2014"Legendary phở, with toppings like tiger prawn, Maryland chicken, grass-fed brisket or roasted duck, will nourish your insides." Urban List, Nov 2014

Good Food Guide Under 30, 2014

Good Food Guide under 30 2014"Suave, sophisticated, seductive... Surry Hills' best-kept secret (for now anyway)" (Surry Hills) - 2014 edition

The 10 Best Sydney CBD Lunches

Concrete Playground review"For a cheap, fast lunch that doesn't compromise on flavour or style... The signature dac biet pho features three styles of beef and mountains of deliciously slipperly rice noodles in a flavoursome beef broth." - Concrete Playground (Nov 2013)

SMH's Top 10 lunches for $10 or less

SMH top 10 lunches - Madame Nhu"Restaurant-quality Vietnamese at food court prices: An eatery by the team behind top-notch Surry Hills restaurant Xage, the small, licensed seating area makes a sweet escape from the rest of the food court. A tenner can buy a range of tasty dishes..." - Sydney Morning Herald Read more: SMH

Kylie Kwong's Guide to Asian food halls

Sydney Morning HeraldMadame Nhu listed among Kylie Kwong's guide to Asian food halls in Sydney - Sydney Morning Herald Read more: SMH

Daily Telegraph review

Daily Telegraph Critic Review Nov 2011"I've yet to see a busier kitchen than Madame Nhu's where, on a wet Tuesday, seven chefs in a tiny space accommodated an onslaught of lunchtime diners... Verdict: Friendly staff dishing up cheap, tasty and authentic street food." - Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2011 - Read Full Review (PDF)

TimeOut magazine review

TimeOut Critic Review Nov 2011"Definitely a contender for the crown of best inner-city lunchtime pho... Madame Nhu is a blessing for city workers and just the ticket for fresh summer snacking." - Time Out Sydney, December 2011 - Read Full Review (PDF)

Sydney's greatest gluten-free lunches

Serving up simple, delicious Vietnamese street food, If you fancy a drink, they also stock one of Sydney’s largest collections of Asian beers. Read more: Urban List

A-List of CBD Cheap Eats Under $10

For Vietnamese lovers, look no further than Madame Nhu. For just $8.90 you can choose from a delicious selection of fresh summer rolls, such as honey tofu, marinated beef, and pulled pork. Read more: Urban List

'The most super duper pho I've had'

Two Thousand review Madame Nhu"The food and booze ... is cheaper and far more delicious than most of the modern Vietnamese tuckshop empires that have opened recently... The menu includes summer goi cuon summer rolls, baby banh mi, salads and then the most super duper pho I've had in ages." (Surry Hills review) - Marissa Shirbin Read more: Two Thousand

5 of the best

"We recently wrote about the new Madame Nhu and now there's another reason to revisit this temptress..." Source: Urban Society (19/4/13)

'Sit in and drink up!'

"Opening across from Bar H on a corner in Surry Hills, Nhu has a permanent pop-up bar look, the Viet version of El Loco. Sit in and drink up seems to be the message." Read more: Concrete Playground

'We're just a little obsessed'

"We’re having a love affair with Madame Nhu’s indoor/outdoor design, which transports you to 1950s and 1960s Saigon. ... These guys are known for their Pho Noodle Soup and, of course, their Summer Rolls (rice paper rolls). Both are offered at lunchtime, and we’re just a little obsessed." Urban Society


Blog reviews

"This place is a gem"

"Dependably delicious Vietnamese food ... The service is friendly, the atmosphere lovely and the food tasty. This place is a gem." Andy Quan, Andyville, 7/1/20

"Delicious Vietnamese food"

"Madame Nhu Bar and Eatery, located in Surry Hills, has some delicious Vietnamese food. Delicious... At an affordable price, this is seriously somewhere you should run off to for lunch or dinner." Yaminn: Sydney Eats

Surprisingly good find (Chatswood)

"The presentation of the dish was exquisite for a casual, takeaway eatery... The vegetables were fresh, crunchy and full of flavour."  Sydney Tum Tum

Street food brilliance

"Madame Nhu offers the best food court lunches I have ever had and their flagship restaurant in Surry Hills brings Vietnamese street food brilliance into a wonderful modernised venue." - Jason King (reviewed 2016) Spooning Australia

Got my vote!

"Don't let the plain exterior decor fool you. This is not a plain-jane, eat-and-forget Vietnamese eatery. From the moment you stepped in, you will be stunned..." Got My Vote!

Spooncubed review

"Madame Nhu is in a small split-level space in Surry Hills which chef/owner Nhu Nguyen designed herself and calls 'a work of love'." SpoonCubed

20 Great Noodle Bars in Sydney

"Eating at Madame Nhu would tell you much about the colonial history of Vietnam..." SydneyCafes

'Authentic street food'

"The (pho) broth was addictive and had a well defined flavour. ... Madame Nhu brings an authentic Vietnamese Street food experience with a classy modern touch to the heart Sydney." DTF (6/8/14)

'Best salt & pepper squid'

"All the main courses were delicious: crispy yet tender squid - this was probably the nicest salt & pepper squid I have had in a VERY long time ...." Out of the Office

'Perfect for a rainy Week'

What is also a nice touch is the fact that they use 100% Darling Downs and Tasmanian beef!" Food Fable (6/6/14)

'All amazing! I love it!'

If you follow me on instagram, you have probably realised I’ve been to Madame Nhu quite a few times… I LOVE IT THERE!! What the Fork Should I Eat (19/3/14)

'Great vibe, delicious salad'

 "The bun bo grilled beef salad was absolutely delicious. It was fresh, light, flavoursome, the meat was amazingly seasoned, the noodles perfectly cooked and cooled and (once again) the serving portions were just right." HulloHelen (7/2/14)

'Charming, affordable & friendly'

"This tiny eatery with indoor and outdoor seating knows how to pack a crowd. ... Madame Nhu is a charming eatery. Casual and affordable, the dishes are generous in size and flavour, and service is friendly and efficient." Read more: Gourmantic (22/5/13)

'Generous and tasty'

"Apart from their delicious pho, Madame Nhu also serves up other popular Vietnamese street food... we were impressed ... it is pretty rare to see restaurant standard dishes being replicated in the fast service environment..." Read more: Excuse me Waiter (27/4/13)

It's all about 'portion, flavour and quality'

I’ve been to Vietnam and it’s great to travel throughout the country and try truly authentic Vietnamese food but believe me it’s better in Australia. The portion sizes, flavour and the quality of the beef Phở here trumps, but be sure to eat it at ‘authentic’ Phở restaurants, like here at Madame Nhu Surry Hills. Read more: Ms Brulee

'Service is lovely and fast'

The service is lovely and fast… But from this large image on the wall (of who I assume is Madame Nhu), I imagine she was a badass in the “eat-my-Pho-or-die-motherf*cker” kind of way." Read more: Eat & Sleep 101

'Unbelievably generous!'

This was the first time I’ve ever had real Vietnamese food, and suffice to say, I was loving it. I was so delighted by my new experience that I went back the next day for more. Read more: Confessions of a Glutton

When the World Stops Spinning

"It’s very rare that I have three ♥’s but it is well deserving! The [pho] rice noodles are silky and lots of fun to slurp, the soup base is flavoursome ... but that’s not where my ♥’s are going. The real winner of this dish is the beef! ... the tenderest most delicious spice-infused Tasmanian grass-fed beef brisket ♥♥♥" When the World Stop Spinning

Random Foodie

"This is one of the better restaurants I have tasted in the Sydney CBD. ...The service was good and quick and the prices are affordable especially since the servings are big." The Random Foodie


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