Fortune Pho

Fortune Pho

Cheap noodle soup hit

More on Phnom Penh

A little bit away from the crowds, but more than worth the minor excursion, Fortune Pho has built up a solid reputation over many years for reliably serving up the same delicious pho, day after day, year after year.

Travelfish says:
You pronounce it

You pronounce it “fuuh”, which always makes us feel slightly ridiculous.

The neat little restaurant, which will seat just over 30 at a push, is set in an attractive white-walled and sheltered yard right on the corner of Street 51 and Street 242. The simple set-up, with solid, low black wooden tables and stools is elevated by thoughtful touches, such as dark blue table cloths and (new, as of late 2015) matching T-shirts sported by the staff. It’s also spotlessly clean. But, to be quite frank, even if this place looked like the pits of hell, you’d still come for the pho anyway.

Comfy, cosy, clean and charming.

Comfy, cosy, clean and charming.

With beef, chicken, fish and pork balls, and “special” at $2.50 a bowl, it’s not the cheapest in town — though it’s not far off — but the rich, flavourful broth, abundance of noodles and great pile of fresh green herbs, onions and bean sprouts easily settle the question of why. $2.50 is ridiculously cheap for food this filling and this good. Also, a note for the squeamish, they’ve taken out the bones and gristle that you’ll find in cheaper, theoretically more authentic, versions.

It’s hard to choose beyond the pho, but they also serve a selection of regional specials like spring rolls, which are always good too. And their iced coffee with sweet milk is one of the better we’ve had in Phnom Penh to boot.

Fortune Pho a2550x

One of the city’s cleaner, and more delicious, kitchens.

The staff are very friendly and helpful, in our years of going there, they’ve never once had a bad day, or a bad soup. They don’t all speak English, but the menu does. Let your fingers do the talking.

About five years ago, the restaurant moved from a very busy spot on Street 178, just behind the FCC, to its current quieter location on Street 51. Some online information still identifies Fortune Pho by its old address, where there is now a new pho restaurant. They are not the same.

Contact details for Fortune Pho

Address: 128 St 51 (corner of St 242), Phnom Penh

T: (092) 767 432 

Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'31.98" E, 11º33'30.1" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps

Reviewed by

Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.

Browse hotels on Agoda


Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda. Prefer Booking? Click here.



Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/create99/public_html/eatandmeet_profile on line 1401

Our top 10 places to eat and drink around Phnom Penh

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
ARTillery Cafe

Honest to goodness goodness

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Backyard Cafe

Healthy and delicious

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Bassac Lane

Brilliant bar hopping

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Chez Gaston

Classic French

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Chiang Mai Riverside

Tasty Thai

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Divine dumplings, niiiice noodles

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Farm to Table

Rustic in the burbs

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
FCC Phnom Penh

An institution

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Feel Good Cafe II Coffee Roasters

Best coffee in town

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Friends Creative Cuisine

Great spot, great cause

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Garage

Where everyone will soon know your name

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Irina's Russian Restaurant

Traditional Russian food

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Java Creative Cafe

Popular and long running

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Kabbas

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Kravanh

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
La Marmite

Unpretentious French cooking

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Lot 369

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Mama Wong's Dumpling Noodle House

Divine dumplings and more

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Oscar

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Red Bar

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Rising Sun

Great roasts

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Romdeng

Delicious food, great cause

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Sophath

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
The Shop

A touch of healthy decadence

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Tini Cafe and Bar

Cute and chilled

 

No pic at the moment — Sorry!
Warung Bali

Good for those stretching a budget