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How Many Vietnamese Restaurants In Melbourne?

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures that have made this city a gastronomic delight for locals and visitors. As more Australians travel to South East Asia, their taste for Asian food has resulted in some of the best Asian restaurants in Melbourne popping up. In recent times, some Vietnamese restaurants are making their mark in the Melbourne food scene. 

With rice being the base ingredient for many of the dishes, it meets the needs of those with dietary requirements well. With just over 80,000 Vietnamese people in Victoria, Vietnamese cuisine remains traditional, with the younger chefs adding their modern twist to some favourites.

With a significant Vietnamese population, there’s no shortage in Melbourne of restaurants that harken back to Saigon. Lucky us! From hawker-style to high-end eateries, you can satisfy your cravings for pho, banh mi and rice paper rolls at these Vietnamese restaurants.

Top Vietnamese Restaurants In Melbourne You Must Try

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; 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).

Here’s our pick for the best Vietnamese restaurants in Melbourne.

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Hanoi Hannah

Windsor, Elsternwick & Richmond

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

CBD

In the heart of the city is another Vietnamese favourite. Paperboy Kitchen not only lives up to authentic Southeast Asian standards, but it goes above and beyond the traditional Melbourne standard for cultural dining. Inconspicuously tucked away on Little Lonsdale Street, this little food haven is decked out in industrial furniture, leafy plants and mouth watering Bánh mì and rice-noodle bowls. 

We also can’t talk about this Vietnamese institution without making mention of its fried chicken and Sriracha mayo. Amazing.

Coda

CBD

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. 

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.

Annam

CBD

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 insanely 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.

Uncle

CBD

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.

Dining at Uncle is a unique experience where a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary results in flavours that work. Though not always traditional Vietnamese, the dishes pack a punch and welcome a welcome change to the traditional. 

On the menu, you’ll find limed cured hapuka, crispy pig ears banh mi and master stock crispy pork hock. With its first restaurant situated in St Kilda, Uncle has recently opened its Collins Street venue, just a free tram ride away from us.

Rice Paper Scissors

CBD & Fitzroy

Speaking of modern grazing hotspots, Rice Paper Scissors is another name that should be nearing the top of your must-eat list. Boasting a modern Vietnamese street food menu with a Thai twist, this joint is perfect for big eaters and big vegans, thanks to its plethora of vegan-friendly options. Dishes of note include the fried chicken, Banh bao, tempura prawn buns and the Vietnamese espresso martini (of course).

Miss Chu

South Yarra & CBD

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.

For bite-size goodness, Miss Chu has three locations around the city that offer hawker-style Vietnamese food. Known as the ‘Queen of Rice Paper Rolls, founder Nahji Chu brings her heritage to tiger prawn and green mango or roast duck rice paper rolls, steamed dumplings, vermicelli noodle salads and spring rolls that are quick and easy to eat or for takeaway. The food is contemporary but at an affordable price with an atmosphere that is lively and fun if dining on their premises.

Good Nights

Windsor

We know that this lineup of restaurants is all about authentic Vietnamese dining, but this one is all about creating a wholesome dining experience with authentic food. The beautifully curated wine & drink list at Good Nights is what puts this place on a whole new level of Vietnamese dining.

Being able to accompany a great drink with some delicious food is a must, and GN’s do it the best. Coinciding with fresh produce on deck and ethically friendly proteins in every dish, you know you are getting the best of the best whilst having a good night (bad pun, we know, sorry about that).

Hem 27

Flemington

In terms of Vietnamese authenticity, it doesn’t get much better than quaint little Hem 27 near the Flemington Racecourse. This local setup boasts hawker-style alley cuisines, including noodle soups, steamed rice, spring rolls, rice pancakes, butter sauteed quail, Vietnamese salad and the staple rice paper rolls.

There’s also a long list of desserts, fruit drinks and authentic Vietnamese drip filter coffee. While it’s not nearly as expensive as anything you’d find on Brunswick Street, it’s cheap, cheerful and loaded with fresh ingredients.

Kin

Prahran

How does six classic Vietnamese spring rolls for $8.90 sound? Or $5 miniature pho cups? Or two soft shell crab baos for $13? Yeah, we bloody thought so. Located on the delicious end of Chapel Street, Kin has taken Vietnamese cuisine back to its roots with tasty fare that won’t break the bank or your diet.

They offer all of the classics, including fresh pho, melt-in-your-mouth rice dishes and good old-fashioned green tea ice cream, and all at prices that won’t have you eating Cruskits and Vegemite for a fortnight.

Pho Hung Vuong Saigon

For a steamy bowl of pho (beef soup), chopsticks down a short train ride to Footscray (Sunbury line from Flinders Station) will find you slurping the fragrant broth. The line out the door is a good sign the pho is worth the 5-10 minute wait for a table. 

Please choose from the traditional rare beef or chicken pho, with our favourite being the rare beef and beef balls for the more adventurous, the combination pho with offal. If you don’t want to venture outside of the city, Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam on Swanston Street happily boasts on its restaurant front window that former President Bill Clinton slurped his way through two bowls of their Pho!

Jadin Tan

If you happen to be strolling through the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne and feeling peckish, the Observatory Café has been transformed into Jadin Tan of hatted Vue de Monde fame. 

With the focus on farm to table, which is the essence of Vietnamese cuisine, Shannon and his team have infused their interpretations into their French Vietnamese dishes. Open for breakfast and lunch. Diners can feast on Vietnamese congee, Banh Cuon (rice flour minced pork rolls) and Banh Xeo (crispy Vietnamese pancake).

Banh Mi (baguette)

The on the roll is no longer ham cheese tomato. Think crackling roast pork, fried chicken, pork meatballs (nem nuong) or even the traditional pork roll with bursts of flavour goodness. 

The banh mi is a tasty option if you’re after a quick lunch that leaves you satisfied and spare change for more shopping. Located within walking distance from our hotel is N.Lee Bakery and Little Brother, both a lunchtime favourite with workers.

Richmond

Although this isn’t a restaurant, boarding tram 109 from Collins Street will lead you to Victoria Street, Richmond or ‘Little Saigon’. 

A wide selection of traditional Vietnamese restaurants are in abundance and alongside them are grocery markets and butchers selling fresh produce for the Vietnamese community. 

Dishes to try include Com Tam (broken rice), bun thit nuong (Vermicelli with grilled pork) and Bun Bo Hue (Spicy beef soup) are some of our favourites.

FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants

It's probably the most prominent and popular signifier of Vietnamese cuisine in Australia (Luke Nguyen has sold over 1 million bowls of pho at his Sydney restaurant, Fat Noodle, so clearly, there's a market for it).

Although the first Japanese restaurant in Australia opened as early as 1953, it wasn't until the mid-'80s that Japanese food became mainstream. Following the collapse of the South Vietnam regime and the end of the war in 1975, Vietnamese refugees began to arrive in Australia.

The harmonious combination of Eastern and Western features, the nutritional balance and low price, have made Vietnamese sandwiches become an excellent choice for many Australian people. The restaurants use many kinds of cooked meat: roasted, crispy roasted, and grilled pork, fried beef, and grilled chicken.

Vietnamese Australians have contributed creatively to many areas of Australian life, such as politics, cuisine, arts, and research. Early impressions of Sydney include how to spread out, and lonely Sydney seemed after the constant bustle of Vietnamese cities.

The items include survival biscuits, shortbread biscuits, tubes, butter, jam, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, spearmint chewing gum, cereal biscuits, cheese in a tin, a box of matches, tea bags, sugar, potato with onion powder, instant coffee, chicken soup, peach jam, and instructions for the soldiers to have.

The vast majority of refugees from Vietnam, however, arrived in Australia by plane after selection by Australian officials in refugee camps established throughout South-East Asia. Since 1976 Australia has become home to a thriving Vietnamese community.

Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Melbourne for kids

Housing a great collection of unique restaurants and small eateries, Melbourne plays host to an immense range of fresh Vietnamese cuisine for the whole family. Whether you’re seeking a dining-out experience to break out of your routine or a quick, on the go Vietnamese meal, Melbourne can deliver.

Not to mention, with traditional items such as spring rolls, rice paper rolls, vermicelli, skewers, pho, Vietnamese desserts, and much more on offer, there’s something for every member of the family to sink their teeth into.

Eager to uncover the delicious best Vietnamese Melbourne has to offer? I will give you a list of Vietnamese restaurants in Melbourne for kids and the surrounding suburbs.

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Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam

Pho Bo Ga Mekong delivers a collection of traditional Vietnamese dishes to try for yourself. The menu consists of many noodle soups, including beef, chicken, pork, fish, vegetables, and more. 

Otherwise, guests can opt for the vermicelli rice noodle salad, rice paper rolls, or spring rolls. Those in the mood for a refreshing beverage have the choice between smoothies, juice, tea, and soft drinks. To get in touch with the restaurant, head over to Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam.

  • Hours: Monday to Thursday (9 am to 10 pm) Friday and Saturday (9 am to 11 pm) Sunday (10 am to 10 pm)
  • Address: 241 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Hanoi Mee Kitchen And Bar

Hanoi Mee is dishing up an array of mouthwatering Vietnamese treats for families to try. For those eager to taste a bit of everything, the Chef’s Menu can be purchased for $65 per person, including prawn dumplings, salmon, calamari, pork belly, kingfish salad, dark chocolate mousse, and more. 

Otherwise, dumplings, spring rolls, pho, salad, roasted duck, stir fry, and much more can be ordered separately.

Before leaving, don’t forget dessert, with coconut sago, lemongrass meringue, chocolate pudding, ice cream, and peanut butter parfait on offer. A takeaway menu is also available, as well as delivery through UberEats. Head over to the website to make a reservation.

  • Hours: Monday to Saturday (5 pm to 10 pm) Sunday (11:30 am to 10 pm)
  • Address: 140 Rouse St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Hawker Boys

Offering a blend of Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines, Hawker boys has a wide variety of dishes to choose from. The lunch menu is dominated by vermicelli salad bowls, banh mi, rice paper rolls, steamed dumplings, steamed Banh bars, and other types of street food. Iced tea and soft drinks are also on offer.

On the Vietnamese menu, Pho soups are a standout, as well as rice bowl dishes, share plates, and noodle bowls. For the full menu, head over to the Hawker Boys website.

  • Hours: Monday to Thursday (11 am to 9 pm) Friday and Saturday (11 am to 10 pm)
  • Address: 85 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Pho N Roll Vietnamese Kitchen

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pho N Roll Vietnamese offers a healthy, lighter approach to their dishes. 

The menu features treats such as rice paper rolls, spring rolls, Peking duck pancakes, satay skewers, steamed dumplings, banh mi, pho, curry, noodle soups, vermicelli salad, and rice pudding. 

Pho N Roll Vietnamese also offers home delivery. For a full menu list or to order online, head over to the restaurant’s website.

  • Hours: Monday to Friday (11:30 am to 9 pm) Saturday (5 pm to 9 pm)
  • Address: 585 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Little Brother

Located in the heart of Melbourne, Little Brother offers visitors a collection of tasty Vietnamese street food dishes. The menu includes banh mi, rice paper rolls, spring rolls, noodle bowls, pho, vermicelli noodles, cabbage slaw, and more. 

Little Brother is open for lunch and dinner. Home delivery and takeaway options are also available. Head over to the Facebook page for more information or to get in touch.

  • Hours: Monday to Wednesday (11 am to 3 pm) Thursday and Friday (11 am to 3 pm; 5 pm to 11 pm) Saturday (5 pm to 11 pm)
  • Address: 429 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Straight Outta Saigon

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Straight Outta Saigon is effortless to incorporate into a busy family schedule. Not to mention, with an array of traditional Vietnamese dishes on offer, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. 

The menu features spring rolls, rice paper rolls, Vietnamese salad, pork belly, banh mi, skewers, stir fry, curry, fried chicken, lamb ribs, and more.

Otherwise, those eager to taste a few dishes can opt for the ‘A Bit Of Everything’ package, with two small items, two large dishes, and one side for $55 – conditions apply. See the website for the whole menu or to make a reservation.

  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday (11:30 am to 3 pm; 5:30 pm to 11 pm) Friday and Saturday (11:30 am to 3 pm; 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm)
  • Address: 138 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Ba’get

The Ba’get Vietnamese eatery is known for its new range of on-the-go banh mi. Choose between crispy pork, classic meat, grilled pork, grilled meatball, chicken, pulled chicken, tofu, salad, or a breakfast option. 

Those in the mood for something different can lean towards the handful of broken rice dishes available. To order online or to contact the venue, see the Ba’get website.

  • Hours: Monday to Friday (10:30 am to 6:30 pm) Saturday and Sunday (10:30 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Address: 132 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Pho Nom

Pho Nom is home to an abundance of Vietnamese street food items for families to taste. The menu comprises many traditional dishes, including pho, rice paper rolls, vermicelli salad, banh mi, ice tea, and more. 

The restaurant is known for using free-range and grass-fed practices. Home delivery and pick-up are available at Pho Nom. Visit the website to see the full menu.

  • Hours: Saturday to Wednesday (10 am to 7 pm) Thursday and Friday (10 am to 9 pm)
  • Address: 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Resources:

Top 5 Vietnamese Restaurants In Melbourne You Must Try

10 Of The Best Vietnamese Restaurants In Melbourne

The 6 Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Melbourne

Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Melbourne for kids

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