The Best Vietnamese Restaurants
Many Aucklanders grew up with little real appreciation of Asian cuisine, save for a bi-monthly ingestion of batter-heavy chicken balls washed down with some radioactive sweet and sour gloop. Praise be, then, to the Vietnamese restaurants of Auckland town, who have shown just how vibrant, fresh and downright tasty it can be. We swear by Vietnamese salads here, but the list below comprises our favourite places for all manner of authentic Vietnamese dishes.
Hansan Vietnamese Restaurant Newmarket
Unit H, 55 Nuffield Street, Auckland
It's very hard to write an objective guide to the best Vietnamese cuisine in Auckland when one particular restaurant has been a part of your life for well over a decade. That's the case with Hansan Vietnamese - an Auckland staple with locations throughout the region. It's reassuring to know that amongst an ever-evolving dining scene there's always a few 'old-faithfuls' of which Hansan Vietnamese is most definately one.
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Mekong Baby
262 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, 1011
With its fusion focus on Southeast Asian food, Mekong Baby is deliciously on trend, and a versatile and hip combination of restaurant and bar. Favourite options include the betel leaves with crab and the quail egg dumplings. Extra marks for a great drinks list.
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Cafe Viet
2 Surrey Cres, Auckland, 2010
A Grey Lynn favourite, Cafe Viet may not look that inviting from the roadside but we assure you, in this case, looks are VERY deceiving. Charming staff and a buzzing vibe (albeit aided by the compact dining space) combine with some seriously good flavours to make a Vietnamese dining experience of the highest order. The bang bang prawns are something else but on a recent visit, the grilled fish wrapped in a banana leaf stole the show.
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Cafe Hanoi
Corner Commerce and Galway Streets, Britomart, Auckland, 1010
Café Hanoi specialises in the food of northern Vietnam, and they deliver authentic and rustic versions across smaller, shared plates - making for an excellent mini-splurge before a south east asian sojourn. Travel agents - take note!
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40 Beach Road, Auckland
If you're a food/farmers market tragic you would have seen the not-so-subtle green caravan parked up reeling in the punters on cold Auckland mornings. Lucky for you, there's also a permanent abode so you can dine at a more reasonable hour. The only North Shore restaurant on this particular list, if you plan on making an appearance take our advice and head for the Vietnamese crepes.
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Le Vietnamese Kitchen
107 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, 1010
In a year where it seems restauranteurs are falling over themselves to open new ventures it can naturally be a quite difficult process to sustain the momentum enjoyed in the opening few weeks. Not so for this Ponsonby newcomer, and although still only a month young, Le Vietnamese Kitchen has made every post a winner. Lunch time is a particular favourite amongst View staff with the Banh Mi baguettes proving to be high on the wish list. If something more substantive is called for, the shaking beef will not only have you shaking, but salivating at the prospect of a repeat visit.
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