Vietnamese restaurant 'New Wind' is onto it. They've taken their fresh and authentic Vietnamese dishes, added cheap beer and chunky outdoor benches, and suddenly you'll be lucky to get a seat in between the ear-stretched hipsters and indie 'fashionistas' of Windsor.
Walk inside and it's a throng of perfect contradictions; a group of twenty-somethings sit down to pho (it's so 'in' right now) next to the family of the owners; old Italian-style décor clashes with gaudy green chopsticks and gold waving cats; and a newly added 'I Love Pho' poster featuring an ironically grinning cow sits next to a list of traditional dishes the young noodle soup fans are likely to struggle to pronounce.
On my first visit I ordered chicken pho with bok choy only (instead of mixed vegetables). Despite a little translation hiccup resulting in me being served the beef broth with chicken and BROCCOLI only, I was not phased as the dish was steaming and delicious accompanied by piles of fresh bean shoots, chilli and Vietnamese mint. My second and third visits and beyond had me try the uber fresh pork and prawn rice paper rolls, the steamed dumplings, pad thai and delicious sweet and spicy laksa noodle soup. All were steaming hot and extremely fresh, served in generous portions at very reasonable prices.
Staff are friendly, attentive and appreciative of your patronage
Forget chef's hats and Michelin stars, take a pass on pomp, ceremony and overpriced rabbit food, fill your stomach and soul at the friendly and lively (and adorably oddly named) 'New Wind' in Windsor.