Fiery, creative and uncompromising, chef-founder Nhu has a reputation of being the "dragon lady" of the kitchen. These days she has taken a step back to focus on product and business development to much of the kitchen staff's relief. She is often seen roaming the backstreets of Asia in search of inspiration and good food.
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Step inside to find a mock Vietnamese-French villa, aged outdoor furniture and colourful tropical plants. The striking interior of Madame Nhu is the culmination of extensive field research in Vietnam by the chef-founders and is a tribute to the rapidly disappearing French villas of Saigon city. It's a slice of old Saigon right here in Sydney.
There's a reason why we've been around since 2007. We take pride in what we do. Often considered one of Sydney’s best, our legendary pho recipe is a jealously guarded secret. At Surry Hills you will also find original Asian-inspired cocktails and a well-stocked collection of Asian beers and hard-to-find Asian liquor.
Our History: Humble Beginnings
Madame Nhu had humble beginnings. In 2006, we set out to introduce to the market our unique take on Vietnamese summer rolls. These rolls were larger than traditional goi cuon rolls at the time and came in a range of flavours and choice of sauces. Opening in 2007 on Elizabeth St, Sydney CBD, our small Vietnamese takeaway, then known as SummerRolls®, was an immediate hit. Our eatery quickly attracted long queues during lunch. Such was the buzz, a local newspaper awarded us "best Vietnamese" three years running. It wasn't long before our version of summer rolls became a mainstream lunch staple. Our success lead to a series of venue openings.
However, by 2010 we noticed something unexpected: our pho noodle soup started to develop a cult following of its own and was outselling everything else. As a result, in 2011 we refined our pho offering and rebranded our business to Madame Nhu to better reflect our new direction. Through our food, brand and new restaurant interior design, we were heavily inspired by the political, cultural and culinary developments of post-colonial south Vietnam. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Keeping It Fresh
We use only premium Australian locally-sourced beef from the Hunter Valley. Our produce are sourced direct from Sydney markets and delivered daily by our fresh food providore
Old Fashion Comfort Food
Madame Nhu does things the old fashion way. Our soups are slow-simmered for 8 hours in two types of bones, fresh roots, allium, veggies, and 8 different spices to extract the most out of these ingredients
We Love a Good Drink!
Madame Nhu loves a good drink now and then! We've got a great unpretentious selection of wine, beer and cocktails that's well-matched with our food