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Lunch Sized Adventures – Vietnamese Mint


A few weeks back I wrote about visiting Darra which is the home to many of greater Brisbane’s best Vietnamese restaurants. It’s not too far but it’s a bit of a hike so I was very happy to see a little place open up a lot closer to home. Vietnamese Mint is in a very small shopping mall in Cannon Hill that has a Coles and a liquor store but can’t seem to retain any other tenants. Vietnamese Mint have filled one of these vacant shops with a simple fit out and menu and it’s become a regular haunt for us after we pick up our groceries* on Saturday afternoons.

The menu comprises a few entrées (cold rolls, spring rolls etc), some cold noodle salads, a couple of stir fries and of course, phở. You choose from the menu on the wall, order at the counter (small $10, large $12) and take a seat whilst they prepare your eat in or takeaway meal. We’ve enjoyed cold rolls ($6) and small phở (can’t imagine how big a large must be), char kway teo and broken spring roll salad on various occasions and have never left hungry. The food is full of the flavour combinations we have come to know and love and it is certainly fresh and served with a smile.

I’m happy to see that there’s a small but fairly constant stream of people dropping in for a meal or some takeaway. It seems that Vietnamese Mint are giving it a red hot go of bucking the trend and succeeding where countless others have failed. Here’s to the next Saturday shopping trip.

By the way, this is THE Coles to shop at as in over 5 years I have never had to queue and there never seems to be anyone in the store. You can wander in, get your groceries and go straight to the checkout – no waiting.

Vietnamese Mint
38 Junction Rd (Coles Shopping Centre)
Morningside  Qld   4170

Visited: Various – Lunch Service



6 comments… add one
  • Heather June 4, 2014, 9:45 am

    Sounds great, we’ll have to meet you there one Saturday.

    • Fiona Ryan June 4, 2014, 10:40 pm

      It’s a date. It’s just a small place with a small menu but we are happy enough. We could always go to Darra though.

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 4, 2014, 4:25 pm

    I have never tried Vietnamese food, but this looks good!

    • Fiona Ryan June 4, 2014, 10:43 pm

      Really Tandy? It’s such a big part of Australian food culture now. I hadn’t realised how much it was in my DNA until I had been in Birmingham 2 months and was gasping for Vietnamese. Couldn’t get any so had to be content with Malaysian. Months later when we were in Berlin, we at a hole in the wall Viet 3 times in as many days so we could top up!

  • My Kitchen Stories June 5, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I hope they do well. It looks like great fresh Vietnamese…and cheap too.

    • Fiona Ryan June 5, 2014, 9:27 pm

      They are in an odd place but I think they can make a go of it as they are right beside the supermarket. Let’s hope so.

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