Sunny and hot. Rain and hail. Then out comes the sun again. Yep, just another typical Melbourne day in terms of the weather so we decided to stay in. Thanks to our friend over at Consider The Sauce, there was a knock at the door and lunch at hand.
Kenny came over for lunch after an overdue catch up and served us up some delicious Vietnamese chicken curry and freshly baked bread.
What a perfect combo from Xuan Xinh, a small Vietnamese eatery on St Albans’ colorful Afrieda street strip that offers up banh mi and a few other Vietnamese dishes from the bain marie so I’m informed by Kenny. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it next time! These days I still lack the experience and energy to attempt to take a toddler and a newborn out to lunch where there is no easily accessible parking and play area! Thank goodness for friends who continue to introduce us to new places!
Soft potatoes and tender chicken swimming in this creamy curry sauce that is perfect for dipping in fresh baguettes.
Phi Phi Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant
28 Alfrieda st, St Albans Phone: 9366-5686
Even though I’ve been in the area for a long time I must admit I haven’t eaten at even half of the restaurants along the Alfrieda strip let alone the other streets in St Albans. I’ve clearly been missing out! – I normally just grab a trusty banh mi and donut and am fully content. Mr D and I headed out for a mid-week lunch a few weeks ago with Consider the Sauce blog writer Kenny, to Phi Phi Restaurant. I couldn’t believe I’d never eaten here before as it is quite a favorite with the locals along with a few other restaurants on the strip. I just had to try the roast pork and duck and soup dishes!
Mixed Roast on rice (2 kinds) – I ordered roast duck and roast pork. It was such a tasty meal accompanied by a bowl of soup which I poured over the rice and some sauce and pickled veggies
BBQ Honey Pork with Egg Noodle (soup or dry) – I ordered it with soup because Mr D loves soup and noodles! The BBQ honey pork was so good, I’m going to order this again next time but for myself lol!
Rice vermicelli with stir-fried beef – Kenny ordered this and it looked packed with crunchy spring rolls and flavorsome beef pieces
As soon as we walked in we were greeted with a smile by all the waitresses. When I first looked through the menu I was overwhelmed by the extensive list of dishes but with Kenny’s recommendations I found my way around it and spotted the rice and noodle dishes. We even went around the back to the kitchen to see the huge ovens that roasted all the meat. Just be careful to tread the floors to the toilets lightly as they were a little slippery. The rest of the restaurant was modestly decorated and clean, nice!
As soon as our orders were taken the waitress also placed an extra little bowl and soup spoon on our table ready for Mr D to use! How thoughtful 🙂 There were high chairs also available if needed and a few big round tables which I’m thinking I’ll book next time so the whole family can come for dinner and maybe we’ll check out the different banquet options.