The Vietnamese Restaurant is a family-owned institution on the Brisbane food scene, serving up great value Asian food since 1983. Many of today’s patrons are children whose parents introduced them to this great value for money establishment over the decades.
The Vietnamese Restaurant has been continuously owned by the Le family, who moved to Adelaide from Vietnam in 1975. They moved to Queensland two years later and in 1983 Bich Le opened a tiny shop on Hardgrave Road in West End.
By 1985 it had outgrown those premises, and the restaurant moved to its current location in Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. A devastating fire in 1997 forced the closure of this much-loved café for seven months, during which time the first floor was turned into a function room.
Most of the ingredients that go into the great tasting traditional meals are sourced locally, including from the Le family’s own farm. Bich Le still works in the kitchen, preparing food for the day’s dishes.
The restaurant can seat 80 people, while the upstairs function room can cater for 50 more. Bookings can be made by telephone only.
"A great relaxed atmosphere and cheap food. Don't expect anything from the decor, but the food is good hearty Vietnamese and Chinese fare. Crispy duck in Mushroom sauce a specialty is always a favorite....enjoy with friends and a few glasses of BYO wine...."
Tripadvisor - July 2014
"I organised a dinner for 20 people and it was a great night. Excellent value for money and excellent food banquet. We were shown to an up stairs room by ourselves when we arrived - I was worried it lacked atmosphere being empty (it was a Wednesday night), but shortly after the room was packed out and was very lively. Highly recommended."
Tripadvisor - June 2014
"The restaurant was quite busy when we dined here and we were rather hungry. My partner and I shared a number of delicious dishes. The service was friendly and attentive and the food did not disappoint. The spring rolls had plenty of pork and the broth with our noodle soup was an awesome flavour. Our crispy duck was a highlight. We were so glad to have tried The Vietnamese and will look forward to our next delicious meal here."
Tripadvisor - May 2014