It was a surprise to find a new Vietnamese joint on Toorak Rd, amidst the hip cafes and funky shops, but there it was. What especially caught our eye was the cute bread display as you walk past, with baguettes in bamboo hats.
We weren't hungry enough for a Vietnamese pork roll, but as we walked in we discovered much more on the menu. Everything from rice paper rolls to pho (beef noodle soup) and broken rice dishes - it was truly a lot more than your usual Vietnamese bread roll shop.
We ordered traditional Vietnamese iced coffees. It took a bit longer than expected but as we peered over the counter, we saw they were doing it the true Vietnamese way - waiting for it to go through a drip filter into a cup with condensed milk.
The result was strong and addictive, providing a refreshing wake-up call for a lazy weekend afternoon.
To snack on, we also ordered the crab and prawn spring rolls ($5). They were nice and fat, so it didn't feel like any filling was cut back on. They were also very hot and went excellently with the fish sauce on the side.
This place pleasantly surprised us, and unexpectedly, as it's not your usual shop on this side of the town. You might contest this and say Miss Chu is down the road, but they are a little more modern and I've never been a great fan.
I'd say, if you're in the area, to drop by here instead if you want some truly authentic Vietnamese food.