When you think Newtown, you think...Thai... right? Of course you do, but hidden amongst all the lovely aromas of Pad Thais and Laksas is Tre Viet, is a lovely Vietnamese restaurant bringing you yet another version of Vietnam's special cuisine, Pho.
Located next to Max Brenner, along Newtown's restaurant and retail strip, Tre Viet has been standing amongst the local's long enough now to call itself a local star. The restaurant has undergone an awesome job of renovations as the restaurant brings customers into an out of this world experience - quiet and serene... completely different to the atmosphere of the streets they just left behind. Upon entry, you will see a bar with someone behind it making sure guests are greeted and welcomed and seated as soon as they come in.
Depending on which meal you are there for, the setting itself will have you feeling calm and never rushed. Having been there most often for dinner, I always love the romantic and calm feeling that the dim (but not too dim) light gives me. All the while I can't help but notice the hangings from the ceiling that almost resembles bed slats.
Donned with a floor to ceiling window that allows passers by to peek into the restaurant, you can see that from the moment it opens to the moment it closes, the shop is never really without business. Having been very cleverly designed, the shop is actually divided up into three sections. The front caters for couples/two people diners, the middle caters for tables of four - eight and the back is reserved for group bookings. However, you will not notice this as any noise will be blocked out by a floor to ceiling double-layered glass door.
The food is served fairly quickly whilst still hot. The menu is fairly easy to read and I did not need any explanations from the waiters as the sets are self-explanatory. Staff are fairly quick to greet guests and are very welcoming. Upon entry, you are taken to your seat, given a bottle of water to refresh yourself while you ponder on what to have for the night.
The dinner menu consists of typical items such as Pho with various types of meats (chicken, beef, tripe, beef brisket), Fried Rice, Spring Rolls and Vermicelli dishes. But it also has more customised items such as Roll Your Own dishes that come with rice paper, steamed vermicelli, fresh vegetables, your choice of meats and of course, some hot water for your rice papers. But if you are in the mood for a more home-cooked meal, you can always go for fried fish or salt and pepper squid and other similar dishes. Personally, I highly recommend the roll-your-own dishes.
The restaurant also caters for large party groups who require privacy, but prior booking is required. Overall, it is always a positive experience to come to Tre Viet for a friendly face and a nice relaxing time.