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Kim Khanh Vietnamese Restaurant in Darra

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by Niki Franks (subscribe)
I love living in Brisbane and finding fun, new activities to enjoy with my family.
Published June 12th 2013
Terrible Decor But Great Food
If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful dinner out in the Western suburbs look no further than Kim Khanh Vietnamese restaurant in Darra. The decor is a little on the strange and tacky side but the food is amazing and at a very good price. This restaurant was a favourite for my partner and his family when he was growing up and after returning to Brisbane we have rediscovered it, the owners have changed but little else has.

Kim Khan, Vietnamese Restaurant, Darra
Don't let the decor put you off, the food is great

At first entering the restaurant you may feel like you have made a bit of a mistake. There are some very unusual decorations here including a plastic crocodile, fake plants and a very cloudy fish tank. Don't let that put you off though, the food is worth it.

Kim Khan, Vietnamese Restaurant, Darra
Yeah, that's a crocodile. I don't get it either.

Like many Asian restaurants the menu runs for several pages and it can be a battle to decide what to have. We always stay with the same dinner, starting with the roll your own cold rolls with stir fried beef. A plate comes to the table overflowing with fried beef, bamboo shoots, lettuce, carrot and cucumber. A separate plate has rice paper that you dip into hot water. This can require a bit of practice to get the timing right so luckily you are provided with a lot of paper sheets as many end up as a gooey ball. Once you have the paper sorted, load it up, roll and dunk into the dipping sauce, yum.

Kim Khan, Vietnamese Restaurant, Darra
The rice paper rolls are great fun to make and taste fantastic

The main for us is the steam bowl, we find that the medium is more than enough for four people. A gas burner is brought to the table with a big bowl of soup stock, once it is boiling you add beef, chicken, squid, prawns and vegetables and let it cook. Then serve it over noodles and chilli sauce. The taste is amazing and it is a great fun and social meal.

Kim Khan, Vietnamese Restaurant, Darra
The steam bowl is ready to go

If after you are still hungry there are the typical desserts like fried ice cream to finish. They do not serve alcohol but you can BYO beer and wine. It may not look like much but you can get a great meal for around $15 a head and it is certainly never dull at Kim Khanh.
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Your Comment
Making up your own rolls sounds fun. It's almost like a cooking workshop.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2861 days ago
We used to eat there many years ago but on recent visit was appalled to see very bad hygiene habits by the staff. I would not recommend this place anymore. The food was not as good as it used to be either.
by julli (score: 0|5) 2858 days ago
My family ate here for years when we lived closely. The food is absolutely delicious, but yes don't look too closely at the decor. We now live in the very northern suburbs but often think about making a trip back for the rice paper rolls and the salt and pepper calamari.
by sheri (score: 0|4) 2858 days ago
This little run down looking place has been our favourite weekend hide out for about 15 yrs now. And you are right, the food is incredible.. Compliments to the chefs. Parking has always been a problem as it is so popular, but once you've got a spot, you know your in for a good treat inside.. Great prices also..
by aussi (score: 0|4) 2858 days ago
Very average actually. Noodle broth ordinary. Much better restaurants near the railway station with amazingly delicious food. Don't waste your money at this place!
by Sassy Lassie (score: 0|6) 2858 days ago
This is our go to restaurant - fast service, friendly service and fantastic food
by gerta (score: 0|2) 2857 days ago
This place is okay, we don't mind it - but there is better viet eating out at Inala.
by m.lew (score: 1|66) 2822 days ago
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