Nothing freshens the palate like traditional Vietnamese food.
When you get that random yearning for some Bánh mì or a vermicelli noodle salad, you need to get some Vietnamese. And Sydney has a lot to offer thanks to our vibrant Vietnamese community that loves serving their traditional cuisine. So come along for a ride as we check out the best Vietnamese restaurants around Sydney.
Translating directly to ‘hello’, LUHO is Crows Nest’s newest good-time eatery, bringing a funky face to the lower North Shore dining scene. Boasting a lovely mix of tasty bites, inventive large plates and traditional-style curries, LUHO is also designed to share. Think prawn and wonton tacos topped with mango and chilli, indulgent roti wraps, open-faced pork-filled crepes and the tiger prawn sambal with eggplant and tomato.
14 North 108 East
14 North 108 East is a new staple for south-west Sydney. Residing in Leppington, 14 North 108 East’s vibrant Vietnamese and pan-Asian inspired menu focuses on share plates for all-day dining in a casual, fun space with Insta-worthy cocktails and an exceptional coffee menu encompassing the world’s best brewing methods. The venue’s name is geographical coordinates for the Vietnamese city, Pleiku – where the owners also have family history.
VN Street Foods
VN Street Foods is located in the heart of Marrickville’s vibrant Vietnamese strip along Illawarra Road. We like to call this strip “Little Vietnam”. Out of the half dozen phở-inspired eateries in the vicinity, this looks, tastes and acts like a street eatery that are well-known back in Vietnam. VN Street Foods is famous for their bespoke lunch boxes filled with Vietnamese specialties. But, they also do traditional dishes like phở and vermicelli noodle salads.
Tan Viet Noodle House
When you’re looking for a low cost, full-flavoured Vietnamese degustation, be sure to visit Tan Viet Noodle House in Cabramatta. Let’s be honest, you don’t come here for the feng shui, you come here for good food in a vibrant atmosphere. We highly recommend gorging on their crispy skin chicken, served with dry egg noodles which can be enhanced with a dash of fish sauce.
The story behind Mama’s Boui is one of a family’s connection through food. The owner is a proud mama’s boy, taking after his mom’s kitchen skills and flare. Whether your feeling a bowl of phở or starving for a stir fry, you’ll surely leave satisfied at Mama’s Boui. Start your evening or afternoon with some fried chicken ribs then run your finger through the mains menu and let mama look after you.
ACE Rolls and Bowls
ACE Rolls and Bowls is an Ashfield institution for quick and easy lunches and hearty evening meals. Most patrons prefer the takeaway option, so expect a little queue during the busy periods, but there is also the option to dine in. Feast on traditional Vietnamese fare, from phở to vermicelli, and the ever popular beef stew with egg noodles. Match your choice with a fresh sugarcane juice for a sweet pairing.
Marrickville Pork Roll
If you ask anyone who lives in Marrickville where the best place to go for lunch is, they are likely to point you towards Marrickville Pork Roll. It’s a quick, easy and ultra tasty way to satisfy your grumbly stomach. As expected, they specialise in rolls, filled with your choice of sliced pork, roast pork (with crackle), chicken, tuna and even pulled beef. Each roll is generously lathered with pâté and butter and topped with salt and pepper.
Where else can you get great tasting Vietnamese in Sydney than the Asian-infused suburb of Chippendale? The top Vietnamese restaurant is, of course, Mekong Restaurant. Perfect for guests who don’t mind to splurge with good feng shui and of course, delectable food. Go a la carte and choose your own culinary adventure or let the kitchen staff take you on a banquet journey. Think grilled turmeric catfish and soft shell crab masala.
There’s something about “Little Vietnam” in Marrickville, because we just couldn’t resist mentioning Hello Auntie. They are also located in Darling Square for you city fiends. Their menus are laden with traditional dishes as well as a few contemporary and quirky concoctions. Think sauteed red prawn, thin egg noodle, fresh tomato, cured beef and X.O sauce or ‘vegan phở’ vegetable stock, rice noodles, shiitake, cauliflower, broccoli, tofu.
Red Lantern is a homely restaurant located on Riley Street in Darlinghurst. It’s interior evokes a family-oriented vibe matched with a serene style. And when the aromas linger in the dining room, it’s like heaven. The menu captures the true family tradition of cooking for friends while daring to be different at times. We recommend the Ca Ri De, which is a secret goat curry dish created by the Nguyen family behind Red Lantern.