South Yarra isn't an area you would consider to be devoid of 'good' places to eat, but when you've wined and dined at so many restaurants a change in offerings could be just what your stomach, and your tastebuds, are in dire need of. Cue Miss Chu, a cosy tuck shop serving some irresistible Vietnamese specialities.
We drop by for lunch on a Sunday. Take away is available but we've time to spare and venture further inward for a seat. While my companions pour over the menu, I take in the interesting decorations. Upturned bowls make for pretty lights, shuttlecocks frame the counter and there's a nice array of teapots on standby, hanging above the bar area.
Their website declares them to be the 'Queen of rice paper rolls' so we opt for the vegetarian omelette, balsamic caramelised onion & avocado option, and the satay chicken, plus a bowl of wagyu beef pho.
The rice paper rolls come in pairs, each one cut neatly in half for easy sharing. The accompanying sauce is predominantly sweet but carries a tinge of spiciness, just enough to give you the tiniest buzz.
Meanwhile the pho arrives in a massive bowl, though it's expected at an above average price of $14. The broth is quite clear and not too oily, suitable for those who avert from more heavily spiced soups.
The menu extends far beyond what we've had though. There are plenty of other fusion variants of rice paper rolls, tantalising salads, dumplings and desserts too.
If you find yourself in the CBD with a massive craving for Vietnamese food, you can also find the lass at 297 Exhibition street.
Alternatively if you find you absolutely cannot go a day without their food and recommend it to all your peers, there's a catering service which you can take advantage of.