371, High Street, Northcote, VIC 3070
Scoring a 70% from very few ratings, this is a relatively new establishment. I actually think it's the best of the 3 Vietnamese joints that have opened up on High Street, Northcote, in the last 3 years or so. Mainly, because I think it's the most Vietnamese of the three (of the other 2, I think, one is really westernised and the other is more Chinese). This is also a licensed venue.
The food here is not bad, depending on what you order. Again, if you focus on key Vietnamese staples, you can't go wrong;
Pho / Beef Noodles; not bad here though not the best in Melbourne.
Broken Rice: their combination special broken rice is really quite good though my complaint is always that I wish there was more. :)
Vietnamese Coleslaw: really fresh, tangy and yummy. Simple and lovely in summer.
Again, not the place I would order things like Mongolian beef, or curry... because those are just not Vietnamese dishes.
The service is not bad and I would call it unintrusive politeness. Having said that, sometimes, they 'get lost' in the kitchen, and don't have enough staff to see what's going on in the main dining area. So, punters could be left trying to get their attention.
I think this is quite a cheap and cheerful place, that I would quite happily come through to have a quick meal before I am on my way to do other things. There is no fuss and the food is pretty good though it's not comparable to some of the places in Richmond or Footscray.
Broken Rice (Cơm tấm) refers to the broken rice grains - hence, you'll see that there are not full grains. In the past, this would have been the left overs and cheaper grade rice, consumed more commonly amongst the poorer sections of society. The broken rice gives it a different texture to full grain rice. It is more popular in Southern Vietnam around Ho Chi Minh City. It is now served more widely and there are restaurants that specialise in seving this dish.