Jimmy Wah’s, Burleigh Heads: This seaside dining gem is widely adored for its modern-Australian twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Fun-yet-refined, a date with Jimmy is bursting with flavour. You’ll find everything from freshly shucked Appellation oysters and trout tartare through to prawn rice paper rolls, soft-shell-crab banh mi and Vietnamese pancake with pork and prawn. If you simply cannot decide, opt for the ‘Feed Me’ option and enjoy a chef’s selection of seven courses for $69.
Can Tho Kitchen and Bar, Runaway Bay: When we put the call out on Instagram for your most-loved Vietnamese place, Can Tho Kitchen and Bar was a firm favourite for many (many) of you. From its eclectic digs on Oxley Drive, Can Tho brings modern Vietnamese to the table. The share-style menu focuses on traditional flavours of Vietnam, starting with smaller plates like steamed chilli dim sims and spring rolls that were in their family’s first restaurant back in the early 80s, through to authentic pho beef noodle soup, delicious bánh xèo (savoury pancakes) and punchy wok-fried classics like sizzling yummy chicken. Hot tip – don’t miss the flying fork egg noodle! End your feast with a deep-fried Gaytime bao.
Ming Ming’s Express, Surfers Paradise: “That was the best food I’ve had outside of Vietnam,” an enthusiastic patron gushes in their post-pho state of satiation. That very sentiment is repeated by almost everyone who walks through the door at Ming Ming’s Express in Surfers Paradise. As its name suggests, the venue is geared towards a grab-and-go express style of service and offers a condensed selection of northern Vietnamese favourites such as Wing Wing’s Mings with teriyaki or garlic fish sauce, salad bowls, rice-paper rolls and banh mi. The venue’s speciality, however, is a northern-style dry pho. A definite must-try!
My Saigon Tuckshop, Burleigh Waters: If you believe that sometimes, the best (and most authentic) fare isn’t always on the main thoroughfare but in alleyways and unassuming spaces, My Saigon Tuckshop is for you. This hidden daytime eatery, tucked in Burleigh’s industrial precinct, is often found brimming with local workers getting their fix of traditional Vietnamese fare like pho beef-noodle soup, vermicelli salads, rice paper rolls, spring rolls and grab-and-go banh mi baguettes. Don’t judge this book by its cover, this is as authentic as it gets.
Porkeez, Broadbeach and Benowa: Dishing up traditional Vietnamese food, Porkeez is a fun and relaxed casual dining experience with dishes for the whole family. Some of the crowd favourites include rice paper rolls bursting with flavour, beautiful banh mi, vermicelli salads, Vietnamese curries and fragrant pho. You can find Porkeez in Broadbeach, Benowa, and pretty soon, Surfers Paradise.
Quan 55, Chirn Park: Nestled in the heart of Chirn Park, Quan 55 serves up a vibrant share-style menu inspired by authentic tastes and homestyle flavours with an edgy, modern twist. Off the grill, you can enjoy scallop (or mussel) in shallot and butter sauce and grilled squid stuffed with pork mince, glass noodles and lemongrass. Up the ante with the mains – you’ll find everything from traditional pho to a whole chicken with chilli and lemongrass, clay-pot fish in pepper sauce and local prawns with ginger and shallot. One word, yum.
O-me-ly, Broadbeach: This longstanding hub is well known by locals for its authentic and fuss-free Vietnamese fair. Open for both lunch and dinner, O-me-ly dishes up everything from traditional noodle soups and pho, though to fresh green papaya salads, banh xeo pancakes and giant vermicelli bowls topped with fillings like sugar-cane prawn and lemongrass chicken.
Việt Nam Ơi, Surfers Paradise: According to Uber Eats, this neighbourhood noshery is one of the suburb’s top 10 most-ordered spots. Specialising in modern Vietnamese, Việt Nam Ơi’s menu meanders from appetisers of chicken wings and homemade spring rolls through to mouth-watering mains of vermicelli noodle salad, Bo Kho (beef stew with potatoes and carrot) and Việt Nam Ơi Pho noodle soup with chicken or beef. The sizzling hot plate dishes are also a winner.
NAÂMi, Burleigh Heads: Okay, so we know this is technically a food round-up, but what about drinks? From the outside, NAÂMi presents as a takeaway nook on James Street, those who venture through the door will discover a Vietnamese-inspired speakeasy that will transport you to the bustling backstreets of Vietnam. There are a dozen tastebud-tingling concoctions to wet your whistle including the Naami No. 5, which we’re going to come right out and say is one of the best cocktails we’ve ever had. As for the food, we’re told the team is working on some pretty exciting things so watch this space.
Pho 333, Southport: Located within the Cecil Hotel on Nerang Street, Pho 333 was another one that popped up among readers as a low-key favourite. The menu offers an array of tasty bites from pork and prawn rolls to grilled meat and vermicelli. The best part? With every dish coming in under $20, Pho 333 is pleasing for the tastebuds and the purse strings.
Eddy + Wolff, Robina: While not exclusively Vietnamese, Eddy + Wolff comes from the same owners of Can Tho Kitchen in Runaway Bay and offers a fun modern-Asian menu that is dotted with authentic Vietnamese dishes. We won’t spoil the surprise by giving some of the dishes away, some things are best experienced in person. Eddy + Wolff is one of those things.
Be sure to check out our round-up of the Gold Coast’s best banh mi.
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