You buy rice paper rolls for lunch every day. You can’t go a week without a bao or two. Pho basically runs through your bloodstream this point. But can you tick off every spot on our list of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Melbourne? Put yourself to the test!
1. Hanoi Hannah
What started as a Windsor hotspot has spawned two more locations and the upcoming relaunch of its flagship High Street restaurant. So, why are Melburnians so wild for Hannah? Affordable, flavoursome, authentic hawker-style eats, that’s why. Think Hanoi-style spring rolls, lemongrass chicken rice paper rolls, sticky pork, and tender beef pho. Mmm…
2. Jardin Tan
Take Vietnamese faves, add a French colonial twist, the lush backdrop of the Royal Botanic Gardens and that Shannon Bennett golden touch and you’ve got Jardin Tan, the beautiful oasis in the heart of the CBD. In addition to the innovative flavours on offer, you can also rest assured that you’re eating as fresh as it gets – after all, many of the ingredients come from their onsite garden!
Keen to give it a go? Sample some of Jardin Tan’s best bites with an afternoon tea complete with a bottle of bubbly for just $99 for two thanks to Scoopon. Hurry, this offer won’t last long!
3. Rice Paper Scissors
Widely regarded as not only one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Melbourne but one of the city’s best restaurants full stop, Rice Paper Scissors is a total icon. Yes, you’ll have to wait to get in, but trust us, the sticky pork belly alone is worth the line. They’ve also got a ripper vegan menu if that’s your thing, with dishes like crispy tofu bao and BBQ mushroom mini banh mi.
4. Hochi Mama
The folks at Hochi Mama are all about bringing people together over mouthwatering share plates and delicious signature cocktails. You’ll salivate over dishes like vegan-friendly Peking duck, Hochi chicken banh bao, spicy seafood stir-fry and pork ribs, all of which are fresh, contemporary and oozing with flavour. P.S. The Duck Duck Goose cocktail is an absolute must.
5. Mama’s Buoi
Bao Hoang (the mind behind Roll’d) is a self-confessed mama’s boy, and he’s turned that love of his mother’s home cooking into Mama’s Buoi, one of the most beloved Vietnamese restaurants in Melbourne. From light bites like crispy coconut tiger prawns and fresh rice paper rolls to bigger plates like special crab fried rice, Mama’s fragrant vegetarian pho and slow-cooked caramelised pork belly, Mama is guaranteed to give you a good feed.
For a Vietnamese fix on the go, you really can’t get much better than Roll’d. With eight locations in Melbourne (and 66 around the country) offering fresh rice paper Soldiers®, pho, banh mi, bao and Vietnamese salad, it’s some of the healthiest and tastiest fast food you could possibly ask for. They’ve even got low-carb options for those watching their waistlines
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