As Melbourne weather starts heading towards the chilly zone; our bodies tend to crave for warm, hearty food and if you’re like me a big fan of “pho” (Traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Then Miss Chu’s is a must go for your all time Vietnamese fix.
The Sydney based Vietnamese fusion tuck-shop have two branches one in the CBD on Exhibition Street and the other in the hip and trendy side of South Yarra( Toorak Road) I’ve been to the Exhibition Street branch several times and just last Saturday decided to pay the South Yarra branch a visit.
First impressions when I first walked in the place, the floor plan is towards the rectangular side whereby seating consists of high wooden bench tops expands to the back of the store. China bowls placed on simple filament lightbulbs and recycled coconut juice canister used to store cutleries captures the traditional Vietnamese/Chinese atmosphere but with a modern twist. The layout of the store is rather spacious compare to the Exhibition St branch, plus they also have an open glass roof that looks up to the clear starry skies. That definitely got my attention!
Foodwise. The menu is a self-ordered system offering a wide range of Vietnamese favourites. The infamous spring rolls are a MUST-TRY item on the menu. My all-time favourite is the prawn and crabmeat flavor and it never fails to satisfy! The spring roll ($6 4 per serve) is deep fried in a thin layer of flour which warps around the fillings like a netting. This simple dish is great as a starter/entrée to share as its crunchy texture accompanied with its tangy dipping sauce is sure to sure to tantalize those taste buds.
For mains I went with the traditional ox-tail/beef noodle soup ($14). The broth of this dish is clear compared to some Vietnamese noodle shops. It does not give you the thirsty aftermath from too much MSG’s yet still retaining the traditional authentic taste of ‘pho’. My friend had the vermicelli salad with Satay Chicken($13); the juicy seared chicken mixed with rice textured vermicelli is mouth-watering. Both main dishes come in generous portions served in adorable Chinese porcelain bowls!
Their beverage menu consists of a fair selection of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. We ordered two slushy based mocktails ($12 nonalcoholic) made up of your favourite exotic fruits e.g. Coconut and Lychee and mint. There is an alcoholic option if you want the extra kick. The refreshing aftertaste of the drinks accompanies the flavorsome and piquant dishes served. To top it off, the drinks came with cute little tropical umbrella the kind you find in South East Asia.
Miss Chu’s might not be up to par to Luke Nguyen’s famous Vietnamese cuisines or the infamous Miss G’s of Dan Hong in downtown Sydney but it definitely delivers simplistic every-day fast and easy Vietnamese meals. Plus they also offer online ordering with FREE delivery (see website for terms and conditions) for the CAN’T BE BOTHERED DAYS cooking days, so what’s not to love? Head in to one of the Miss Chu’s branches and try it for yourself.
Address: Exhibition Street branch
2/297 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000
South Yarra branch
276 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141