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Tan Tan Vietnamese Restaurant

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by Cora Hodges (subscribe)
Freelance Law student in Melbourne.
Published August 14th 2011
The Tan Tan Vietnamese Restaurant in Box Hill, is a small, buzzing restaurant filled with satisfied diners of all nationalities. On any given night of the week, those of you who want a table at a particular time must book ahead, or else suffer the fate of other walk-ins off the street - sitting out in the cold (if there's room), getting takeaway, or simply going elsewhere.

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The menu itself is quite extensive, offering a wide variety for every type of diner. The food itself is quite appetizing, not dripping in oil or grease, although some of the food is a little bland. For the most enjoyable experience, I suggest the time honoured tradition my family does, which is to order a few dishes and share them. This avoids the constant problem of being unable to decide, as well as gives diners a good range of the menu. Importantly, the chefs are very flexible with the menu, and are willing to modify dishes to accommodate any food allergies. Just ensure that you notify the wait staff of any allergy, so they can discuss what can be done.

The drinks available also provide diners with much choice, from soft drinks to beers to wines and everything in between. With a full-ish range of drinks to choose from, every diner is easily satisfied. Otherwise, there's always the option of BYO (wine only) for those with a more finely honed wine palate that the restaurant cannot satisfy. There's even a Liquorland located in the shopping complex opposite the restaurant, for those who wish to duck out after perusing the restaurant's selection of drink.

The prices themselves are quite satisfactory, reflecting the quality of the food being served. Mains vary between $10 and $20, with most dishes being around the $15 mark.

The wait staff are polite, cheery and efficient.

All in all, this restaurant is one which satisfies almost every taste bud. Although not the best location for a formal celebration, it'll certainly satisfy the desire for a family dinner, or catch up with friends.
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Why? A small, buzzing restaurant filled with satisfied diners of all nationalities.
When: Open 7 days
Where: 9 Carrington Road, Box Hill
Cost: Moderate
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