(Melbourne) Viet Village

Viet Village

My brother and I stumbled upon this Vietnamese restaurant one day after getting some takeaway and walking along Clarendon Street. We were immediately delighted at the thought of being able to get some Vietnamese food conveniently from where we live. Being college kids and all, who wouldn’t like to have some extra time on their hands from not having to cook all our meals and do the dishes? Plus we’ve always thought that Vietnamese food is relatively healthy, so that’s definitely a bonus. At first glance, Viet Village may seem very simple and standard, but we could tell that it was a popular destination from the size of the crowd inside. The food didn’t disappoint either, so we’ll definitely be coming back for more, especially when we’re too lazy to go to the CBD or cook a decent meal ourselves.

 – General Review –

  •  Service: 8/10

There was only one staff at the restaurant taking the orders, serving the food, and finding change at the cash register, but he did a fantastic job all by himself. The staff was really friendly as well, and responded to the customers’ requests promptly.

  • Servicescape: 6.5/10

Viet Village had a homely and very simple interior, and the medium-sized store was quite clean and comfortable. The furniture and design reminded me of a typical Southeast Asian family-owned restaurant, where the appearance may not be fancy but the food’s something to anticipate for. Personally, the location’s convenient for us, since it’s quite difficult to find a decent and cheap Vietnamese restaurant around the Southbank area.

  • Non-smoking area: Yes, there are plenty of non-smoking seats indoors.
  • Vegetarian dishes: No, as far as I can tell, only one of the noodle dishes is vegetarian.
  • Price range: $ (AU$8 – $15 for most appetizers and main dishes.)

Overall Rating: 7/10

 – Food Experience –

1) Pork Spring Rolls:

The spring rolls came in 6 pieces and each of them was quite small-sized and crispy. Wrap the lettuce around the spring roll and dip it in the sweet-and-sour sauce and they’re absolutely delicious, with the greens helping to balance out the oil a little bit.

Pork Spring Rolls - 6pcs ($7.00)

Pork Spring Rolls – 6pcs ($7.00)

2) Rare Beef and Brisket Pho:

Viet Village served a pretty decent bowl of pho, even though it had a little bit too much sugar added inside. There were very little beef as well, especially the beef brisket where I could only find a single one in the dish.

Rare Beef & Brisket Pho ($8.50)

Rare Beef & Brisket Pho ($8.50)

3) Vietnamese Broken Rice:

Admittedly, this was the first time I’ve tried broken rice and I immediately loved the texture of the rice. “Broken” is definitely the right word to describe it, if not short and stubby. It was a decent meal, and the rice was accompanied by a fried egg, grilled pork chop (really tender too!), pork pattie, some cucumbers and the sweet-and-sour dipping sauce.

Vietnamese Broken Rice ($10.00)

Vietnamese Broken Rice ($10.00)

Location: 161 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, VIC – Australia (3205)

Contact number: +61 3 9696 5141

Email: vietvillage@hotmail.com

Operating hours: Mon-Fri: 11am – 3pm; 5pm – 10pm

Sat: 11am – 10pm

Sun: Closed

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