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Published July 21st 2015
A welcoming venue with great food and service
This restaurant is perfect for a either a quick meal or a leisurely dinner at anytime. It is located at a great spot on Jetty Road near the Brighton Road end, not far from the tram stop. If you are a visitor taking the tram, alight at the Brighton road stop.
To start I will say contacting this restaurant was easy, with an up to date website and contact details. They were prompt in my enquiry and making the booking was easy. Aside from the dinner hours the chef can prepare finger food party platters for functions. Very handy to know for family or business gatherings.
I went to this restaurant with a small group of friends and was warmly welcomed by the staff. The service was prompt and efficient throughout the evening, and the staff were helpful in describing the dishes and advising what to order. They came to the table often to check we were all doing well.
The friendly staff gave great servie at the restaurant
There is a wide selection on the menu from both Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine with all our Aussie favourites. Some of my party choose the banquet with four courses included. First up there was a strange soup as my friend described it. The soup had a large wedge of tomato and even pineapple in it, but she said it was very tasty and ate the lot.
A strange looking soup but mighty tasty said my companion. Image by the writer.
Next the banquet people had many plates brought to the table. Entree was a do your own cold rolls. The hot water was brought to the table to soak the rice noodle circle, and then you rolled up your meat and vegetable fillings into the roll. This was lots of fun to do. Lucky we had someone with us who knew how to roll them.
Do your own cold rolls were a surprise and lots of fun. Image by the writer.
What what an Aussie chinese restaurant be without a fritter? Image by the writer.
After some meat selection for a mains they were provided with sweets which was a banana fritter with ice-cream.
As I am gluten free I was worried they may not be much too choose from as most Chinese restaurants are out of bounds for me, However the manager answered my email with an assurance - they did cater for gluten free, and these items are marked on the menu. I decided on the lemongrass chicken dish which was a little dry, as it was coated in some sort of GF flour, but I did enjoy the meal with some rice on the side. I was looking at the fun my friends were having with their rolls - I was wished I had ordered those.
Gluten free lemongrass chicken and some other dishes from the banquet order we shared. Image by the writer.
All in all we group of ladies had a good night at the Thuy- Linh Restaurant. There was a steady stream of customers who were mostly couples. It would be an excellent venue for families or small groups of perhaps up to a dozen or so. I liked the way they spread all the customers on the night out across the restaurant, allowing our party to hear each other talk. The room has a lovely ambiance with lantern lights hanging in a corner and also has a well stocked bar and wine list. After dinner we enjoyed window shopping along Jetty Road and an even a coffee break and some more chatting at a coffee bar further down the street. It was a pleasant evening at a higher standard than your average suburban Chinese, and I would happily return to this restaurant again.