Having a morning out at the Rag Trade & Recycle Market on Gleadell street in Richmond was a great plan. Read about it on Weekend Notes of course. It's still my 'go to' place for events, things to do and more with a constant flow of articles on my 'to-do' list to explore. Met some lovely stall holders at the market and picked up a few bargains and treasures as you do. Gleadell street is also home to the fresh food market that runs every Saturday from 7am to 1pm.
However this is not about the market, but going there, I stumbled across the new Pho N Roll Vietnamese Restaurant at 276 Bridge Road, Richmond which has only been open a couple of months. I haven't actually been to or eaten at their other branch in the CBD, however my Richmond experience has definitely prompted me to search it out some time soon.
After some time spent at the market in the morning sun, a little hot and hungry for some lunch, I sniffed out the lovely Pho N Roll which happened to be near where I had actually parked. Stumbling into the cool, I was surprised by its ambience. Loved the artwork on the wall and the simple polished MDF tables and black bench seat I sat on was functionally perfect. Being greeted by someone with a very English accent threw me a little, but rest assured, it's all very authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
I ordered the chilli tiger prawns 'n' green apple freshly made rice paper rolls ($6 - 2 per serve). I have never had green apples in a rice paper roll but it was perfect along with Vietnamese mint in the roll, it added that crunch and freshness. The light fish sauce accompaniment was more than perfectly matched. The prawns 'n' chives handmade steamed dumplings ($6 - 3 per serve) were to die for. Again the more soy sauce based accompanying sauce was perfect, light and did not overpower the 'star' in the steamer. The dumpling skin was so light, fresh and paper-thin, I could have easily had a few more serves. I did my best to order as much variety as I could fit in my tummy, but looks like I'll just have to go back for more to sample.
My 'no fat' Pho in traditional Vietnamese beef broth with thick rice noodles and an assortment of garnishes was the vegetable with mushroom and tofu choice that had no MSG and was gluten free. At $11 it didn't disappoint. Check out their menu for other undoubtedly delicious offerings. While I was there a fair few people came in, ordering take-away. They also deliver to selected suburbs for a fee. I noted online that delivery to Prahran was $7; well worth it if you wanted to order for an in-house party with friends.
At the restaurant they also serve wine, spirits and cocktails aside from the usual beverages and cool drinks. There's no such thing as dessert which is probably a good thing after such a fresh, light and healthy 'fresh greens' filled meal. I'll definitely be going back, perhaps over and over again. I do note that their opening hours on the website differs from the opening hours printed on the menu. The website states that they're open every day of the week with weekday hours of 11.30am to 3.30pm and again from 4.15pm to 9.45pm. Weekend opening hours are 11.30am to 9.45pm.
However, on the menu (which I'd take as gospel) the opening hours stated are Monday to Sunday (bar Tuesday) 12.00pm to 3pm and again from 5pm to 10pm, and they're closed on Tuesdays. They're definitely worth a visit so check them out.