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“Straight up pho!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Xic Lo Vietnamese Restaurant Chatswood

Xic Lo Vietnamese Restaurant Chatswood
17 Spring St, Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales 2067, Australia
(02) 9412 4919
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Ranked #64 of 127 restaurants in Chatswood
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Penang
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Straight up pho!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Delicious. We had the beef noodle pho at lunch. There wasn't a queue but the place wasn't deserted either. All in all value for money.

Just one gripe, soup was not piping hot.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great spring rolls!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My husband and I often have lunch here, and the spring rolls are great value, and very tasty! Te staff are friendly and the service efficient and prompt!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Really toned down Vietnamese food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

If you go expecting reasonably authentic Vietnamese flavours you will be very disappointed.

Beef Salad - You get a huge bowl of raw beansprouts, topped with a few slices of beef, with only or two Thai basil leaves torn on top. That's it...... You don't even get fish sauce, lime juice or vinegar in the dish or available on the table. Basically a tasteless bowl of beansprouts.

Sugar cane prawns - Were better. However again, the dipping sauce was basically water with a tiny hint of vinegar. You get one lettuce leaf, so its not possible to wrap the noodles, prawns carrots and herbs in anything. You have to eat it individually off the plate.

Cabramatta is a long long way from the Vietnamese food at xic lo. It's worth the drive....

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Lismore, Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good food on the run”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Great little place to pop in for Pho or Bun Bo Xao. Pretty cheap and fast service. Not a spot for a romantic dinner, but great for lunch while shopping or a quick meal with friends.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Just ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Busy little joint for lunch, extensive menu and quick service. Although boisterous I wouldn't give it full marks for authentic Vietnamese cuisine. I somehow lacked the slight edge I was looking for.

Would I go back? Maybe, as I like to believe I was probably the chef having a bad day! But would I go out of my way! No.

Visited August 2012
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