Kaye Roberts-Palmer is a local culture enthusiast and garden designer who loves all things green and groovy and getting out and about. Discover more of her ponderings at: www.bluebeegardendesign.com.au
Published July 26th 2015
Sprouts, sauces and sizzling dishes
After 7pm there's not a lot open along Bourke Street in Docklands, but what remains is pretty good as my partner and I discovered when searching for somewhere to get out of the cold and fill our bellies.
Banoi looks like any other café from the outside, but once we were firmly seated behind one of its wide wooden tables and presented with the menu, we knew we were in for serious deliciousness. I texted my foodie friend and he was jealous, he'd been trying for ages but it was always packed out.
The seating is comfy and unusual with some of the bar stools made out of bicycle pedals for a bit of an industrial feel, the only downside was the loud dance music that made it hard to talk but we were there to eat.
My partner had their speciality, Vietnamese crispy pancake; it's a Vietnamese style fried savoury pancake that comes stuffed with wilted choy sum and a choice of beef, pork, prawn or chicken and served with a side of Asian herbs and fish sauce. I had slow cooked pork with crispy chicken. It was fresh and delicious.