Whilst googling cheap Vietnamese restaurants near Melbourne Uni, I found Cafe 58. It definitely ticked the cheap box, with all mains being about $9 (this was at lunch though), but whether it was an authentic Vietnamese restaurant, I'm not so sure. Their shrimp rice paper rolls with satay dipping sauce were wonderful - the fresh coriander and delicate texture could've convinced me I was in Hanoi. The beef spring rolls were nice, but after the rice paper rolls I was all about freshness! But once the mains came out I was no longer in Hanoi, but back on Johnston Street eating an asian meal. Not for one minute am I saying I didn't enjoy the meal - it was great - i ate the lot! But it wasn't real Vietnamese - I had rice vermicelli with vegetables and Mongolian sauce and my sister had Pad Thai... Need I say more? Nevertheless the food was great, the owner was friendly and attentive, and the value for money was excellent (especially when your Mum's paying!).
|Shrimp Rice Paper Rolls with Satay Dipping Sauce|
|Beef Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce|
|Rice Vermicelli with Vegetables and Mongolian Sauce|
|Chicken Pad Thai|