For example, I know the three Vietnamese eateries in West End that I rank highest: Dakbla (for its food, surprising range of dishes, and smiling hosts), Quan Thanh (for its food, affordability, and absolute reliability), and Green Bamboo (for its food, affordability, and hole-in-the-wall charm).
I've also eaten at Huong's, Trang, the Kim Thanh and The Vietnamese Garden, all of which are either in West End or nearby South Brisbane. At South Bank, I quite like Viet de Lites (though its prices are higher than your average Vietnamese restaurant, reflecting its South Bank location).
The Quan Thanh, West End
In Fortitude Valley, I've eaten at The Vietnamese, and at Green Tea, which is my favourite there.
But what about further afield? There must be wonderful Vietnamese restaurants around Darra, or perhaps there's one on the northside -- for example, somebody recently suggested I try 'the one at Kelvin Grove, near La Boite Theatre' -- name unspecified.
Green Bamboo, West End
So I'm looking for your help to find the best Vietnamese restaurants across Brisbane. If they sound good enough, I might even leave my inner-city hangouts and head off on an adventure to try them out. Then I can write about them and spread the word.
So go to it -- just leave a comment below and tell me your best tips.
Trang in West End is amazing. One of those few restaurants where it's cheaper than eating at home (and a LOT nicer!). The crispy-skin chicken and egg noodle soup is a must...
By Laura Marshall - senior writer Tuesday, 27th of September @ 06:23 am
Trang Vietnamese in West End - amazing
By Sarac1 - reader Tuesday, 27th of September @ 03:05 am
Quan Thanh in West End
By dayja - reader Thursday, 29th of September @ 03:39 am
Tan Thanh in Inala is amazing. Authentic food and very reasonably priced. Always packed with locals so you know it's good!
By danie259 - reader Tuesday, 27th of September @ 02:08 am
Yum Yum Peking Duck and Cam Ranh at Darra, and Avachat Cafe at Mitchelton.
By Lynette - senior reviewer Friday, 8th of February @ 06:21 am
Thanks everybody for your comments -- especially the tip on the Tan Thanh. I think an excursion to Inala is on the cards! Keep those suggestions coming... :)
By West End Girl - senior reviewer Saturday, 1st of October @ 05:31 am
It depends on what I feel like eating however I believe these places do these dishes better than any others:
Que Huong at Darra for Salt & Pepper Sole Fish.
Tan Thanh at Inala for their Soups or Crispy Skin chicken.
Green Tea in China Town for Soft Shell Crab.
By kathl10 - reader Monday, 3rd of October @ 01:45 am
The best spicy beef noodle soup (Pho), in the CBD anyway, is at AJ's on Charlotte St
By geoff - reader Monday, 3rd of October @ 05:14 am
Tan Thanh is my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Brisbane. The pho and lemongrass dishes are always delicious! There is always a wait for a table but the food is definitely worth it.
Quan Thanh is good for broken rice and the Vietnamese ice coffee there is to die for.
Pho Hien Vuong at Market Sqaure at Sunnybank does the best spring rolls and a pretty good pho. Rumour has it that the best Vietnamese pork bread roll shop is at Darra Train Station. I haven't tried there yet but it is on the list! Happy eating.
By Anonymous Tuesday, 11th of October @ 05:03 am
By Zemky - reader Tuesday, 25th of October @ 03:44 am
Phuong Trinh in Inala - tucked around the back, but the food is sensational - try the lemongrass chilli chicken and the sweet & sour prawns (like nothing I have ever eated before). Their pho is also divine - so flavoursome and delicious. Always a table available (unlike Tan Thahn - which personally I don't really rate at all - and I eat a lot of viet food). Give it a go.
By Anonymous Friday, 6th of July @ 04:53 am
Dakbla is definitely the best. Excellent food, laidback atmosphere and good value for money.
By anges2 - reader Monday, 26th of September @ 11:34 pm
I'm from California currently living in the CBD. I have a quench for trying different restaurants for Asian food, I have tried the ones you mentioned on this page and I agree, they are good but you didn't mention Dakbla which is next to those in West End. This place is operated by the owners, the husband working at the front and does the shopping for neat and produce in Inala when the lunch rush is over and the wife is the cook. Together they deliver great service and fresh food originating from the small minority town of Dakbla in Vietnam
By mztes - reader Wednesday, 5th of October @ 05:51 am
I do agree that Dakbla is great -- it's actually the first one I've mentioned above, and I did a full review on it if you click the link. But I'm glad that you like it too. :)
By West End Girl - senior reviewer Wednesday, 5th of October @ 07:14 am
By Zemky - reader Tuesday, 25th of October @ 03:44 am
Mints @ Rosalie - great food, inexpensive, BYO friendly efficient service -what more could you ask for!
By j.kea - reader Thursday, 31st of May @ 12:08 pm
Have you tried 'The Rice Hut' it is a little stall at the Jan Power markets on weekend and Wednesday on top of Queen st mall. They serve delicious variety of rice paper rolls wrapped fresh in front of you to order. A must try!
By Anonymous Friday, 6th of July @ 07:42 am
The Vietnamese in the Valley wins hands down
By sherr - reader Tuesday, 4th of December @ 01:10 am
Trangs in West End, hands down. Have been a regular there for a decade. Book first or you will have to wait in line.
By Anonymous Tuesday, 19th of March @ 07:40 am
For the best Pho go to Pho Hien Vuong Pasteur in sunnybank.
By Anonymous Monday, 8th of April @ 10:59 pm
sago at qut as mentioned in the article
By gsloc - reader Monday, 3rd of February @ 02:41 am
The ”Rice Hut” at Kenmore has the most delightful food, at the best prices in Brisbane, it has a 5 Star Brisbane Council rating, cooked and prepared by Vietnamese, very homely, open lunchtimes every day only except Sundays
By cobbe - reader Wednesday, 9th of May @ 08:59 pm