One of the greatest things about Melbourne is the influence that other cuisines have over the city. You hardly ever read a review in the Age saying "what fantastic fish and chips". But you will hear oodles about "What fantastic Vietnamese". You know why? Coz its true.
There is an awesome street in Fitzroy called Victoria Parade. If you are on Victoria street, do not panic. Just keep heading down and you'll get there. (One of the not so great things about Melbourne? You will find a Bourke street, a Little Bourke street, a Brunswick street, a Brunswick road and a suburb called Brunswick, a Lonsdale, a Little Lonsdale, a Collins, a Little Collins, but you sure wont see a Kori road, a Kootamundra street or a Oodgeroo Noonuccal parade).
So on this magical parade named Victoria, there are soooo many Vietnamese places that i wish i had been to all of them. The only reason i am reviewing Thy Thy instead of any of the others is because its my dads favorite restaraunt. I took him there for fathers day and i think he had a good time.
Thy Thy stands out from the crowd a bit because unlike all the other fantastically cheap restaurant who are heavy on food quality, no so heavy on painted walls, Thy Thy is a nice place to eat. They've obviously put some money into doing it up and it looks nice. The service is good and the front is made up of glass so its very light in there. Now to the food: its excellent. Now to the cost: you can see where they get the money for the decor.
Its about $4 for the san choi bow which is probably the best ive ever tasted. They have a lunch spacial for $8 and you get some good food with rice, though not really anything to write home about. A little tip: order from the chefs specials, they are all delicious! However they dont state the price in that section so it can get a little exy: im talking $15 meal so nothing that should require a special trip to the bank or anything. My favorite: the crispy skinned quail. Its pretty delicious though last time i had it it went all over my pretty skirt and my not so pretty face.
The place is licensed so that made it good for fathers day. However we did BYO once and they didnt seem to have a problem with that.
In conclusion: V Tasty. V good for special occasion. But for every day explore the surrounding restaurants as your bound to have a good meal wherever you go.
Little tip: the good restaurants have reviews stuck up in the windows... the best have a few :)