22 Buckingham Avenue,
Springvale VIC 3171
(03) 9546 6564
Being an avid lover and follower of food blogs, I’ve decided to dabble a bit here as part of the move over to this new home :). I’ve done mini reviews in the past as part of goal #21 of the 101 in 1001 project, but I thought I’d try my hand at it and see what happens…. so here it goes!
Date visited: 5th January 2011
We were killing time while waiting for my Auntie to finish her ‘beautification’ process at a family friend’s house and as we were in the area (and hungry!), Dad suggested to have ‘Banh Canh Cua’ which is a Vietnamese-tomato-based-crab-noodle-soup-kinda-thing and if you are ever in Springvale, Dao Vien is the restaurant famous for this dish in Asian circles.
It’s a bit dodgy looking on the outside, with lace curtains hiding the busy atmosphere of the shop from passerbys and once you go in, you are left standing to find your own table and if you don’t signal to the staff, you’ll be left waiting around (service is not an ingredient of most Vietnamese restaurants in Springvale… well, in most of Melbourne). We actually saw one couple get up and leave in exasperation because no one came to serve them. Being in the company of seasoned Vietnamese restaurant patrons, we called over a member of staff (I have a feeling he was the owner of the shop) and placed our orders. Here’s the thing with some of these Vietnamese restaurants. Some only make a certain number of each kind of dish per day and when they are done, they won’t make anymore. So sadly, we were advised that they had run out of ‘Banh Canh Cua’. I quickly scanned the menu and picked out ‘Hu Tieu Tom Thit’ instead (I’m putting things in inverted commas since I’m not sure how to do the accents):
So as you can see, ‘Hu Tieu Tom Thit’ is a beef, prawn rice noodle soup dish which was quite good indeed. Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of the dishes my parents had (I felt a bit awkward sitting cramped up at the corner table getting odd looks from other patrons) but my Dad had the dry noodle version of this dish and my mum had some spicy noodle soup that she couldn’t finish because of the spicy-ness. She ate a bit of my dish and declared that they did the soup very well and authentically…and she ordered one herself :). The soup was rich in flavour but not too salty which is can be the downfall in any Vietnamese soup dish. Sadly, there was only one prawn in my bowl :(. I’ll have to go back and try the ‘Banh Canh Cua’ one day… probably best to call in first to check if they still have any orders left because this is one place that is constantly overturning customers, especially during lunch hour. Other than that, there’s are a lot of other Vietnamese restaurants to try around Springvale so I wouldn’t exactly make this a favourite, but if you are in the area, unsure where to go, it’s a reasonably priced place to have a quick bite to eat.
*Disclaimer: All food ratings are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the quality, food and service.
Overall Food Rating (Dining experience): 6/10
Restaurant Ambiance: 5/10
Value for money: 7/10
So how did I go?