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Where Can I Find Vietnamese Food In Melbourne?

There are plenty of Vietnamese dining options in Melbourne; hopefully, we'll be able to provide a list of the best ones here.

Important Vietnamese dishes include noodle soups like Ph, rice dishes like Cm tm and Sticky rice dishes like Bánh chng, and pancakes, wraps, and rolls like Bánh xèo, Bánh cun, and Ch gi. Chè and crème caramel are two of the most well-liked desserts in the region.

There are probably more than a hundred Vietnamese restaurants operating in and around Melbourne at the moment, making it difficult to compile a list of the best fifteen. Since it's unlikely that we'll be able to include everyone's favourite, you'll have the opportunity to add to this collection as well.

Melbourne's large Vietnamese community has resulted in a proliferation of Saigon-style eateries. Happy us! At any of these six Vietnamese restaurants, from casual hawker stalls to upscale fine dining, you can get your fill of pho, banh mi, and rice paper rolls.

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Vietnamese Food In Melbourne

If the thought of a bowl of piping hot pho makes your mouth water, you may already be in love with Vietnamese cuisine.

You may find it difficult to look beyond the silky rice noodles doused in an alluring blend of herbs and broth, but Vietnamese cuisine actually offers a wide variety of options. It offers a lighter, often milder alternative to other Asian cuisines, and is home to some of the world's freshest and most fragrant dishes.

Melburnian chefs are constantly inspired to recreate traditional Vietnamese dishes using a mix of traditional techniques, signature flavour combinations, and a helping of Western influence.

Our top six recommendations for Vietnamese restaurants in Melbourne will not disappoint, whether you're looking for a traditional bowl of pho or a creative take on Vietnamese cuisine.

MaiTai Bar & Restaurant 

They are located in the CBD. The menu is wide and varied, featuring both Thai and Vietnamese dishes. The set menus are quite popular here, given the prices start from $36. Main menu highlights include Vietnamese salad and various stir fry noodles and noodle soup dishes. 

Unfortunately, the dessert menu is limited to a few ice cream dishes and one sticky rice dish. Nevertheless, this is a great place to start your Vietnamese cuisine journey.

Hochi Mama 3000

From Saigon to Melbourne, Hochi Mama on Little Bourke Street brings good times, vibes and bites to those seeking a fun and funky night out. Named after the Godmother of aspiring street artists and rappers in the early 90s, Mama sets the tone for a night of eating and drinking with stunning surrounds of a huge vibrant mural, a stylish central bar and glowing neon lights. 

Sip a cheeky Tokyo Drift cocktail and toe-tap to hip hop beats while perusing an extensive menu plating up tempters such as Massaman lamb shank curry, pineapple, pumpkin, roasted cashews and coconut. Mama’s dining experience trademark is the ‘Feed Me Now’ offering - basking in all the zingy and fiery flavours in the Chef’s repertoire – indulging in a selection of drool-worthy smaller, larger and larger side dishes.

POW Kitchen

For a more relaxed feel, pull up a chair at POW Kitchen in Prince Bandroom, where Southern Asia meets St Kilda's music scene. It's over 20 Asian-inspired dishes include Kung Pao chicken, sticky short ribs, and crispy school prawns, plus there are 24 beers from around the globe. Save room for dessert because you can't pass on their Sichuan pepper deep-fried ice cream with brown sugar candy caramel.

Uncle

Pig’s ear may bind them, but Uncle’s Carlisle Street and Collins Street restaurants are more like siblings than twins. The menus between each venue differ slightly, however. Nevertheless, both offer delicious, unpretentious Vietnamese dishes, including lime-cured hapuka with pomegranate heaped on betel leaf, Tofu banh mi and Pho Bo. Uncle also boasts an impressive cocktail menu, and takeaway is available from both restaurants.

Hem 27

Vietnamese for "alleyway" (Hem), these hidden passages are where you'll find some of the city's best cuisine. Indeed, Hem 27 lives up to its billing as Melbourne's Best Cheap Eat, appearing on the 2017 edition of The Age Good Food Guide.

Chef and owner Michael Nguyen's mother has passed down many of the recipes featured on the restaurant's extensive menu, including the thick soft-shell noodle soup and the aromatic Vietnamese style beef stew.

Indochine

Located in Box Hill, it is another popular spot for Vietnamese cuisine. The Vietnamese noodle soups are a highlight here, as are the various rice vermicelli dishes. You can view the menu here. Most mains are priced under $20. This restaurant has been around since 1982.

Straight Outta Saigon

Born out of the wok-tossed flames of Vietnam and introduced to the bustling heart of urban Melbourne, Straight Outta Saigon on Russell Street serves up Eastern flavours to the hungry CBD crew. 

Immerse yourself in 90s hip-hop mixtapes, swim in the offerings of tropical elixirs and bask in the taste of street-side fare without the frills in moody surrounds of pink neon signage, booth seating and a mural of a Vietnamese woman. 

Start with scallops baked in the shell, topped with creamy bechamel and cheese, served with a spring onion roll, before delving into a rich Vietnamese chicken coconut curry, vegetables and jasmine rice. Next, perhaps irresistible crispy pork belly tempts, with green apple, tomato, onion, coriander, red capsicum and nuoc mam sauce; washed down with a Rising Sun cocktail.

Tom Phat

It is another great Vietnamese Melbourne establishment. The breakfast and lunch menus feature a range of tempting dishes such as black sticky rice with mango and coconut, Viet fried eggs with chilli soy, and roti omelette with wok tossed eggs. The prices of the breakfast/lunch dishes are around the $15 mark.

Rice Paper Scissors

The 2013 opening of Rice Paper Scissors was inspired by the hawker dining bars of Southeast Asia, and it has since spawned a swankier offshoot, Rice Paper Sister, in Hardware Lane. The idea was to make a place where people could pass plates around and eat communally.

Banh Mi crispy soft shell crab, Thai fried chicken, and Mekong whisky marinated lamb ribs are just a few of the enticing dishes available. Additionally, your favourite recipes from Rice Paper Scissors will soon be available in a cookbook.

If we're talking about cutting-edge dining destinations, we can't forget to mention Rice Paper Scissors.

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In a surprising turn of events, this restaurant caters to both meat eaters and vegans with its extensive menu. Some of the best dishes here are the Vietnamese espresso martini and the fried chicken, Banh bao, tempura prawn buns, and other delectables (of course).

Red Spice Road

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Excellent Vietnamese cuisine can be found at a restaurant in the heart of the business district. Lunch banquets start at a very reasonable $25. Chicken with black pepper and lamb, sweet potato, and cauliflower yellow curry are among the dishes available.

Red Spice Road offers a taste of Southeast Asian culture alongside some of Melbourne's finest dishes. By eating together in the traditional East-Asian style, you can feel a part of the family and community that is so important in this region.

You won't just have to eat and talk with total strangers; you'll be sitting with them. The only way to properly enjoy East Asian cuisine with friends and family is through a communal meal like this one. One of the lunch specials is Vietnamese chicken ragout, which you must get. There's a reason why it's one of their best-selling menu items.

Hanoi Hannah

Named after a Vietnamese radio personality best known for her broadcasts during the Vietnam War, Hanoi Hannah is a hawker-style restaurant in Windsor. Opened in 2012 by Simon Blacher and Paul Nguyen and Nick Coulter of Sarti, Hanoi Hannah is known for its pork belly sliders, yellowfin tuna rice paper rolls and seven steaming hot types of pho with the option to ‘pimk your PO.’

Adored for its Hawker-style food, Hanoi Hannah has been feeding hungry patrons on High Street for years. Their delicious menu includes piping hot pho, Peking duck, curry chicken, rice paper rolls and a long list of delicious beers, wines and cocktails to help you ease it all down your gullet. Plus, there’s an off-the-menu hack you should know, too: you can order half-phos, which leaves more room in your tum for fresh spring rolls.

Paperboy Kitchen

Paperboy Kitchen, which is conveniently located for many downtown workers on Little Lonsdale Street, is typically swarmed with people looking for cheap, authentic Vietnamese fare during lunchtime.

Paperboy Kitchen serves a variety of delicious, hearty meals, including rice noodle bowls and bread rolls stuffed to the gills with Asian slaws like the ever-popular red curry cauliflower. The best part is that no dish costs more than $16 and most of them come with a stuffed animal toy and a spicy popcorn side.

Another fan-favorite Vietnamese spot can be found right in the middle of town. When it comes to cultural dining, Paperboy Kitchen not only exceeds the standard set by other restaurants in Melbourne, but also the standards set by Southeast Asia itself.

Tucked away on Little Lonsdale Street, this hidden gem serves up delicious Bánh m and rice-noodle bowls amidst a decor of repurposed industrial furniture and lush plants. Yet, it would be remiss of us to not highlight the fried chicken and Sriracha mayo that make this Vietnamese staple so well-known. Amazing.

Thien Nam Restaurant

The genuine flavours of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine can be found at Thien Nam Restaurant, located on Glenferrie Road in Melbourne.

You can dine outside on the sidewalk and people-watch, or you can head inside where the walls are lined with a made-up library, the ceilings are painted a deep red, and large globe lights cast a cosy glow over the space.

Entrees like fresh pork and prawn rice paper rolls, chicken and sweetcorn soup, and satay beef skewers are just a few of the many options available from the extensive menu, which also includes traditional Vietnamese fare like beef pho soup, deep-fried crispy quail, stir-fries, and rice dishes.

Mixed seafood with black bean sauce served over steamed rice makes a memorable main dish, as does caramelised braised pork served in a hot pot with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables on the side.

Thuan An Restaurant

Make a reservation at Thuan An for a truly memorable Vietnamese meal. Thuan An is proud to support Australian farmers by using only the freshest ingredients sourced both domestically and internationally to create authentic flavours.

The Vietnamese flavours and Australian meat in their signature dishes like Crispy Skin Chicken and Goat Curry are a match made in heaven. They have some of the best pho in Melbourne, which is perfect for beating the winter blues.

Kin

Translated from the Vietnamese word gia meaning a person’s relative or descendant, Kin is a wholesome restaurant that centres on the concept ‘that a family that cooks and eats together … stay together.’ 

From the $5 pho cups to the soft-shell crab, tofu papaya salad and spring rolls, Kin prides itself on authenticity. Located on Chapel Street, no visit to Kin is complete without trying its refreshing coconut juice.

Peddler Tuckshop Cbd

For something fresh amongst the concrete jungle of Melbourne’s CBD, make your way along Lonsdale Street to Peddler Tuckshop. Find a modern and tidy fit out with stacked crisp white tiling, polished concrete flooring, high ceilings, glass counter cabinets and timber front window bays, creating a relaxed space ideal for catching up with friends over a coffee or for a quick and easy midweek work lunch option. 

Tuck into a signature housemade baguette filled to order with fresh ingredients, while the banh mi bowls are a good choice for those after a lighter dish, offering tasty options like the honey pork. Be sure to try the rice paper rolls, filled to the brim with green herbs, noodles, cucumber, carrot, cabbage and a protein of either sliced beef, teriyaki chicken or lemongrass tofu.

Street Wrap

Those seeking fresh and bold comfort meal flavours from abroad can rejoice when finding Street Wrap perched along Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Wander along the tree-lined street to be greeted by floor to ceiling windows exposing a welcoming and stylish interior of red brick with mural and art installations adorning the ceiling and walls and neon lighting highlighting the countertops. 

Take a seat and peruse a menu filled with tasty delights from baguettes to rice paper rolls and heartier noodle and soup dishes suitable for cool Winter evenings. Begin with the popular rice paper rolls, filled with options like soft shell crab or avocado before slurping on a bowl of hot chicken or beef pho. Those who can’t go past a noodle dish may opt for the stir fry lemongrass vermicelli.

Asian Kitchen Phillip Island

Located on Phillip Island, Asian Kitchen offers a wide range of dishes from Vietnam, alongside Thai, Malay, and Chinese, so there's something to please every set of taste buds. With classic dishes including Vietnamese pho and Vietnamese prawn salad, they also have a long list of their own creations. 

Thịt heo cốtlết is our go-to Vietnamese-style dish on their menu, with pork rib-eye steak served on bok-choy and vegetables and a refreshing lemongrass and lime sauce, it is sure to be the envy of everyone on your table.

Annam

We didn't think we could love anything of Jerry Mai's more than the crispy chicken banh mi at Pho Nom...but then she went and created Annam. 

You'll find this one past Chinatown, up the Spring at the end of Little Bourke (a highly underrated strip, in our humble opinion—Punch Lane and Liverpool Place are excellent). The menu here picks up influences from all over: Delicate pork & prawn siu mai from China.

An insane spicy Wagyu tartare served with roasted marrow and Chinese doughnuts. Little sprinkles of Laos, Cambodia, even Japan. Want our advice? Skip straight to dessert. The fried ice cream at Annam is one of the best dishes we ate in 2017.

Botherambo

For an urban take on Vietnamese cuisine, visit Botherambo in Richmond. Not only has the décor been inspired by the urban jungle that is Richmond, but the Vietnamese dishes and cocktails also have a distinct Richmond flair to them. 

Try 'Mother and the Son in Law', which features Thai fried egg, minced chicken, sweet tamarind, herbs, and chilli jam; not your average name and certainly not your average dish!

Load up a bus-full of your friends to enjoy a banquet here. Not only are there so many dishes to try that you'll physically need a dozen people to finish them all, but their cocktail banquet is a must. With seven signature cocktails inspired by Vietnamese ingredients, you'll want to taste them all.

Coda Bar and Restaurant

For a truly special dining experience, dine at Coda Bar and Restaurant. Its Award-winning sommelier is just one of the reasons it has maintained One Hat since 2009. 

The menu is inspired by Vietnamese and European cuisine, offering exemplary dishes for everyone to enjoy. So to wine and dine in style while sampling some of Coda's Vietnamese-style dishes, be sure to book in advance.

Coda has tucked down Flinders Lane, and it's hard to tell exactly what it does. Modern Asian fusion? French-Vietnamese? Proto-deliciousness? You know what, it doesn't matter. 

It's god damn delicious. So settle down for a fancy date night with Hà Nội-style fried rice paper rolls, stuffed with pork, truffle and nước chấm, or O’Connor’s Black Angus strip loin, served with gribiche and spicy green peppercorn sauce.

If you’re not being rolled out of there already, don’t skip past the desserts—rum-roasted pineapple, Thai basil sorbet, whipped mascarpone cream, and sable Breton are the standouts.

Uncle

Uncle has a lengthy and delicious menu ripe for the tasting. While it’s a little less traditional than other eateries on this list, it doesn’t make it any less delicious. 

You can opt for a mix of dishes from the a la carte menu, or you can place your trust in the venue and put your hand up for the ‘feed me’ option. Particular menu items to wrap your lips around include the soft shell crab Bánh mì, pho ga and wok tossed zucchini and steamed rice rolls.

Miss Chu

South Yarra staple Miss Chu in true hawker form is always bursting at the seams of patrons patiently waiting to enjoy the delicious Vietnamese. With its relaxed style of food, funky interiors and approachable attitude towards dining, Misschu is undoubtedly the perfect spot for a casual catch up with mates.

Good Nights

We are aware that the theme of this collection of eateries is traditional Vietnamese fare, but the focus here is on providing a healthy and satisfying meal. Good Nights elevates traditional Vietnamese cuisine to a new level with its carefully curated wine and drink list.

It is essential to be able to enjoy a great drink with some delicious food, and GNs excel at this. At the same time, all of the proteins used in the dishes are sourced in an ethical manner, so you can rest assured that you are getting the best possible meal while also having a good time (bad pun, we know, sorry about that).

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Conclusion

Recently craving for that authentic Southeast Asian feed? Our city’s got you covered. Melbourne’s streets are crawling with the delicious flavours of Vietnam, and the trick is knowing exactly where to lay your chopsticks. 

And we’ve meticulously searched the city to find exactly which tables are worth sitting at. (If you're after Melbourne's best banh mi or pho, we've got you covered there too).

FAQs About Vietnamese Food In Melbourne

Melbourne is home to several Vietnamese Restaurants, and It would estimate at least 150 establishments are currently open in and around the city, so creating a listing of the top 15 or so is not an easy task. However, given that we probably won't mention everyone's favourite, you will also have a chance to contribute to this listing.

With about 37% of the Vietnamese-born population living in Melbourne, Victoria is home to the second-highest Vietnamese people in the country after New South Wales. Before 1975, there were only about 700 Vietnamese-born in Australia.

Key Vietnamese dishes include noodle soups such as Phở, rice dishes such as Cơm tấm, Sticky rice dishes such as Bánh chưng, pancakes, wraps and rolls such as Bánh xèo, Bánh cuốn and Chả giò. Popular desserts and sweets include Chè and crème caramel.

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