If the flashing neon signs outside the Nhi Nuong 2 Sisters Vietnamese Café Restaurant in Sunshine won't draw you in then the warm welcome of the owner dressed in a traditional Áo Dài inviting you to view the menu hopefully will.
Nhi Nuong 2 Sisters Vietnamese Cafe Restaurant - Shop front
Once inside you'll feel you've entered a tropical nightclub with walls clad in thick bamboo and three wide-screened TVs placed at intervals for your viewing pleasure.
The menu is extensive and pho is a speciality but my companion and I decided on some rice paper rolls with duck as a starter which came with a small dish of XO sauce, chilli and sesame seeds. The rolls tasted as good as they looked and were freshly made and satisfying.
Nhi Nuong 2 Sisters Vietnamese Cafe Restaurant - Rice paper rolls with duck
I noticed cassava vermicelli on the menu, which I was unfamiliar with so opted for the seafood version for the main course. The vermicelli were long, transparent noodles the size of spaghetti with no obvious taste and were served in a mild broth with vegetables. Perhaps I was meant to add some condiments provided at the table to enhance the flavours - soy, sweet chilli sauce or sliced raw onions but I was happy with the subtle taste.
As the restaurant steadily filled up, the owners, the eponymous two sisters of the restaurant - Elizabeth, a singer and Yen on guitar - serenaded us in Vietnamese. You can see them here in a You Tube video:
The gentle melodies of this talented duo were interrupted on two occasions by a brazen patron with zero singing skills who commandeered the microphone from Elizabeth and proceeded to mumble a song while Yen politely strummed along on the guitar. Full marks for being perfect hosts, 2 Sisters.