241 Swanston St
Mekong would probably be the first restaurant I had Phở in Melbourne. From their card it seems their full name is "Phở Mekong Vietnam - Original Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soups". Apparently they are open 9am - 10pm every day, but I didn't manage to pick up the Phở for breakfast tradition, even after visiting Vietnam, so it’s a lunch or dinner spot for me. Certainly the "Phở Bò Gà Đặc Biệt" or Original Vietnamese Beef Chicken Rice Noodle Soups description accurately describes their staple dishes.
Being on one of the busiest streets in Melbourne, it always seems to be full, although there normally seem to be some seats they can squeeze you into. The crowd is mixed and fairly young, and there is a bit of a buzz about the place. The real reason we come back is the food, the Phở is reliably tasty, arrives quickly and is accompanied by fresh been sprouts and basil. The spring rolls with lettuce leaves and dipping sauce aren't bad either - crispy, tasty and not too greasy. At $8.50 for a regular bowl of soup, it’s great value. Don't come here expecting 5 star service, but as the card says “Tell your friends how much you love Mekong noodle soups”!