Un-pho-gettable eats abound at King Street’s Vietnamese eatery Banoi
There’s nothing quite as memorable or as comforting as grandmother’s cooking. We can only imagine how incredible family dinners would be if our nan was a stellar chef in her own right, but for Michael Nham and Viet Nguyen this scenario was a reality. Michael and Viet’s restaurant Banoi is an eatery that exists as an ode to the familial values instilled in them by their grandmother, using her recipes as the basis for Banoi’s hugely popular old-school-meets-new-school Vietnamese cuisine. Banoi shows off a stellar range of dine-in and takeaway eats boasting heady aromas and divine flavours that will make you feel like you had a seat at Michael and Viet’s family dinners.
With two Melbourne locations to their name already, Michael Nham and Viet Nguyen have been steadily working on bringing their popular Vietnamese eatery concept Banoi north to Brisbane. Together with childhood friend Hao Vu, the team has already wowed our tastebuds with their burger joint Super Combo, and with Banoi sitting next to Super Combo’s King Street location. Conceptually, Banoi aims to find a comfortable midpoint between fine-dining institution and your old-faithful childhood takeaway spot, with speedy lunches or leisurely dinners catered for equally. The modern fit-out follows an old-meets-new aesthetic that reflects the menu, with ample seating for groups or intimate couplings available inside and out.
Banoi’s menu of nibbles, buns, rolls, noodle dishes, rice dishes, and soups are described as traditionally Vietnamese and authentically Australian. Michael and Viet have crafted the menu with input from their aunties and uncles, creating a range of dishes that are prepped with a home-style approach with a few of their own twists thrown in for good measure. If you love your Vietnamese loaded with aromatic spices and tasty seasonings then let us welcome you to flavour town, pal! Let’s start with the snacks – Banoi serves up some splendid nibbles including prawn bites, salt and pepper chicken ribs, six kinds of rice paper rolls, steamed taco buns and more. Once you’ve sharpened your appetite, dip a spoon into some fragrant phở or bún bò huế. If are craving more noodles, Banoi serves six kinds of semi-cold vermicelli noodle salads and a cold wheat flour-noodle cao lầu with a Japanese citrus soy sauce. Rounding out the food offering is a collection of rice dishes, salads, Hội An crispy crepes and desserts, as well as a drinks selection featuring Vietnamese coffee as well as kumquat lemonade, coconut crush, custard-apple smoothies, wine and beer.
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