Food and drink
Reliably good Vietnamese, with most dishes available in small or large, making it a good choice for bringing the kids. There are plenty of dishes on the menu that will suit unadventurous eaters, too.
I pretty much always order number 17 — a big bowl of rice, beanspouts and half a dozen types of either pork or beef,
As I said above, it's a bit of a production line ambience, but once you have your table, it's a fun, bright, cheerful place to sit and scoff lunch or dinner. The corner location and the wall of windows onto the sidestreet make it bright and welcoming.
You can have an entire meal without actually exchanging a single word with the staff, but service is swift and your food arrives on your table without any hitches. It's a write-your-own-order kind of place, so fill in the docket on the table and a staff member will whisk it off to the kitchen as soon as you've put down the pen.
A big corner location right in Chinatown, a couple blocks north of Queen, and just a block from Kensington Market.
Tables to book
I prefer tables in the brighter section to the left - a second room with a wall of windows. You can usually ask to sit in there, but sometimes they'll insist you sit in the main room.
- Backpackers / Students
- Seasoned travellers
- No fuss