It was time to have an Asian dining experience to quench the spice-thirst. So I went with a few friends to Tho Tho in the buzzing Asian corner of town. Really, at night time the whole of Victoria St becomes an exciting destination for all seekers of fine Asian food in Melbourne. It's is the Lygon St for Asian food.
Tho Tho was recommended by other reviews on the web and was also featured in The Age some years ago. It's at the corner of a building and the restaurant is surely oozing a lot of glam with its modern furnishings and lighting and interesting decor. For instance, the two massive framed photos of a toddler on the walls kept us guessing who that child might be. It was noisy, as the night progressed the noise increased as the busy place got even busier.
Our waiter was a cheeky young Vietnamese man. He kept asking us to decide on our selection of food every two minutes.And then when I asked him for water he said 'no way' and returned with a jar of water and smiled. Later I asked for some fresh chilli and he again said 'no way' and came back with a small bowl of chillies and winked at me.
The service was super prompt. I would say wait time was 4-6 minutes. We ordered rice paper rolls - vegetarian and prawn. I must say those were probably the biggest rolls I have ever eaten, each were about 5 inches long. No regrets as they were delicious. For mains we sampled the famous Vietnamese soup pho, and everyone loved it. The steamed rice with fried salmon fillets was my favourite. We didn't try and dessert but other tables had the banana fritter, including customers celebrating birthdays; the fritters were served with a birthday song played loudly in the background.
Overall it was a great restaurant, very spacious which means you probably can turn up without booking, services is good and attentive and you and have a quick meal if you're in a rush. And before we left we concluded the toddler in the photo is probably the owner's son!