As the name suggests, East Cafe & Vietnamese Bistro is down in the eastern end of the CBD. It's not often that we venture this far east and coming from our office it was a stretch to fit the excursion to our one hour lunch break. The menu is not only extensive but extremely Pavarotti friendly with the majority of the meals coming in at under the $10 price range. You will find a selection of pho, vermicelli, rice dishes, banh mi and fresh spring rolls to choose from. With such a large selection it was hard to make a decision, however our banh mi craving couldn't be suppressed!
At $6.50, there is a banh mi to please anyone with chicken, barbecue pork, roast pork, Vietnamese pork, steak, vegetarian and meat ball all being served up. Our love of crispy roast pork meant we couldn't go past it - who doesn't love crackling?! On a side note I have to mention that the other meats looked pretty damn tasty. The roast pork was cooked perfectly, juicy meat combined with some nice crispy crackling. The baguette, whilst not as good as City Provs, was still good with a nice crunch to it. You'll find the usual banh mi fillings of pate, butter, cucumber, pickled carrots, coriander and freshly cut chilli. It's topped off with some fish sauce and also a salt/pepper combination seasoning.
Overall it was a pretty good banh mi. I would still go to City Provs on Hay St first but for those of you up the east end of town it's definitely worth checking out! The staff are all really friendly and the service was great. We will have to head back to try out the other dishes as they all looked pretty amazing.
Know of anywhere else on the East end of town worth venturing to? Let us know in the comments below.