Viet Star

750 Glenferrie Rd 
Hawthorn, VIC 
Do you ever eat somewhere despite knowing that the food probably isn’t the greatest? I try and avoid it because it’s almost always a waste of money, and it makes me grumpy and a little spiteful. But laziness is a big motivating factor (ironically enough), and I was just too much of a sloth last Monday to think of a better place to eat, so Viet Star it was. 
Walking inside, my fears were confirmed – no cheap and cheerful Asian restaurant that looks this nice could possible serve good food, right? The interior was clean and spacious, one wall panelled with wood, the other with back-lit pictures of a bamboo forest.
Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Chicken ($10)
Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Chicken ($10)
On the rare days when I’m craving Vietnamese but am not too keen on the pho, I usually want a bowl of Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Chicken($10). There are so many reasons to love this fresh, warm salad, and this bowl covered most of them. The chunks of chicken are tender in a way that only the Vietnamese seem to know how to achieve, and the overall flavour, whilst mellower than I would usually like, was livened up by the occasional burst of mint and basil. 
Egg Noodle Soup with BBQ Pork ($10)
Chris was also after simple and comforting today, so he had the Egg Noodle Soup with BBQ Pork ($10). A nest of bouncy egg noodles swam in the depths of the light vegetable soup, hidden by pieces of pork and vegetables. The meat was tough and bland, but I had an abundance of good chicken in my salad and I was all too happy to share (for once), so it all worked out in the end.
So once again, I look like an ass for ASSuming that an Asian place can’t serve decent food AND be easy on the eyes. Viet Star provided us with a pleasant meal that was exactly what we wanted, with no surprises. I’d joyously return if I were in the area craving for some Vietnamese, and who knows, maybe one day I’ll try even try their pho.
Rating: 12/20 – making an ass out of u and me.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit. And the angle the moon made with Jupiter. 

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  • Reply leaf (the indolent cook) 21/06/2013 at 7:11 am

    I’ve actually had some really good meals at posh looking Asian restaurants. At least the prices here are still cheap!

    • Reply ming 24/06/2013 at 11:00 am

      Oh I definitely agree, but I guess I’m just used to expecting terribly westernised food when I see a cheap menu plus a nice interior. It’s always good to have both! :)

  • Reply Peach 24/06/2013 at 10:30 pm

    Hola! Long time no visit! and your photos still look amazing!

    Don’t know why, my friend loves this place haha

    That bowl of rice vermicelli and grilled lemongrass chicken is making me hungry -_-

    • Reply ming 25/06/2013 at 9:40 am

      So good to see you, life’s been so busy and I’ve been a bad blog commenter (booo), but you seem like you’ve been eating heaps of amazing stuff!

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