Cafe Viet

4 star rating 28 reviews

Telephone 09-378 8738

2 Surrey Cres
Grey Lynn
Auckland City

Cuisine:
A La Carte, Vietnamese
Hours:
Tues - Thur 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Sun 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Provided by business

Overview

Cafe style dining with Vietnamese food

Photos

Photo of Cafe Viet
Banana coconut doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce
Durian ice cream sundae
Grilled beef watercress salad served with mango, pineapple tomato topped of with crispy pastry.
Fresh mustard lettuce rolls with traditional Viet dipping sauce
Hoki VN style!

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants
Takeaways:
Yes
Parking:
Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
Alcohol:
Beer, Wine, Spirits
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Meals Served:
Lunch, Dinner
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa

Reviews for Cafe Viet

4 star rating
by Adam H.
20th July 2014

Very good Ph Bo, great broth, beefy and aromatic. Lemongrass chicken very nice also, but the spring rolls were my favourite. They had this crispy pancake wrapping which is not oily or doughy, just a nice texture which made them stand out. Def worth visiting again.

4 star rating
by Bob L.
1st July 2014

Cafe Viet was a cafe we always wanted to try after hearing so many fab reviews from family and friends. So our newly formed dine-out group of six friends came here last Sunday night.

The place was already “bustling” when we arrived at 6.15pm. The atmosphere was exciting and the decor had a great authentic Vietnamese feel to it. We had a great posse right in front of the kitchen where we could see all the Vietnamese chefs there busily cooking away.

Our friendly and charming waitress took our orders within moments of our being seated. Approx 30 minutes later, all our entrees had arrived. My Mini Rice Cakes with prawns at $12.00 was really delicious!! My mains was the Beef Pho at $15.00 per bowl which I’m sorry to say was a little “disappointing”. It wasn’t as big a serving as I had hoped. More soup would had helped. Also it wasn’t as nourishing as it could have been. While most of the basic herbal side ingredients like fresh mint and corriander were included, I felt they had forgotten to include the most essential herb “Thai Basil”. So to me, that most important aniseed flavour in Pho was missing.

My wife ordered the Lemongrass Pork mains at $22.00 which she enjoyed, though she did mentioned that the lemongrass flavour was “a bit bland”.
Our other friends all seemed to enjoyed their mains which included the Caramelised Pork Hotpot dish, and the Lemongrass Chicken dish.

All in all, it was an very enjoyable evening with good friends and good food in a very exciting environment!!

On a side note; there was a happy white man serving drinks. I thought he looked rather out of place working there among all the other Vietnamese staff last night. It would have been better if he had worn a Vietnamese type uniform as well, more like all the others. Perhaps he was one of the owners??

5 star rating
by gabe s.
29th May 2014

Impeccable service, great value and the food is super delicious. Loved the atmosphere also! We are not people who often eat out (two kids, one income), but if and when we do, we usually find ourselves at Cafe Viet.

4 star rating
by Wayne M.
18th May 2014

We had dinner here for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In fact excellent food at a reasonable price. We will definitely be back. The only down side was when I rang to book I asked if the were byo and was told that they were fully licenced. Then asked if they accepted byo only to be told the same thing. Checked the website to see they do accept byo. So rang back and asked again, still to be told they were fully licenced. The gentleman who I spoke to on both occasions I presume is the owner who needs to get his act together and be honest with the customer.

5 star rating
by Nick & Jayne
25th April 2014

We tossed up whether we should write a review for Cafe Viet as we were worried that our glowing review may mean that we might not be able to get a seat here anymore! However, we figure that it is best to review great restaurants to ensure their success thus they stay put in a city full of great places to eat!

‘Date night’ for us usually consists of us going to one of our 2 favourite restaurants as we are creatures of habit! Cafe Viet had received some great reviews and as we live less than 2km away we thought we should try local for a change – and how glad we did! On a rainy Wednesday night we found a park easily right underneath and made our way into what we were delighted to discover was a little slice of Vietnam in Grey Lynn!

We started off with the panko crumbed squid and little rice cakes – both were beautifully cooked and presented plus the portions were really generous. My husband chose the fish cooked in banana leaves and I chose the lemongrass chicken. Both dishes were superb, lovely clean fresh flavours beautifully seasoned and cooked to perfection. Both dishes came with a delicious noodle salad on the side which was full of flavour and a lovely accompaniment.

All in all we were totally impressed and could clearly see why this wee restaurant was gaining such a great reputation. The service was friendly and efficient, the food was faultless and we thought it was great value for money. We’ll done Cafe Viet, we can’t wait to come back soon!

4 star rating
by Gus
5th April 2014

We had lunch at this restaurant today and enjoyed the experience for the most part.

The salt and pepper squid was coated in light panko crumbs, the shredded Thai basil on top gave it a fresh twist and the lemon sauce served to complete the dish nicely. The fried spring rolls were lovely and crisp but wrapped in rice paper which was a surprise and hit the spot. I am a big beef pho fan, unfortunately the soup suffered from underseasoning. Having said that I liked the clean homely style and it wasn’t poor enough to stop me from slurping soup straight from the bowl!!! The pork belly hotpot rounded out the meal, not as sweet as the last time I ate this dish at another restaurant, which suited my palate. One piece needed a fraction more cooking (understandable for a slow cooked dish so early in the morning) but the other two were meltingly tender. All in all a very good meal, a bit more salt and it would have been great.

3 star rating
by Stella T.
2nd April 2014

Friendly quick service, cute and comfortable restaurant.
Food ok with dessert the clear winner on the night, sago pudding, berries and coconut ice cream.
Unfortunately, I’m still looking for good vietnamese food in auckland.

5 star rating
by Kat G.
29th March 2014

We went here for dinner last week, it was very busy and we hadn’t booked but were found a table within 5 minutes of walking in. We had the fresh spring rolls, bang bang prawns, beef pho and lemongrass chicken. Everything was delicious and the staff were great. I cannot wait to go back.

4 star rating
by Jonpaul M.
21st March 2014

We went for dinner as a spur of the moment decision and were very impressed. The service was fast, efficient and very friendly. The food was delightful… generous serves, beautiful presentation and great flavours. The best judge of our dining experience is to ask whether we would come back and order the same dish again and our answer here is without hesitation yes.

5 star rating
by James
19th March 2014

I’ll keep this short and sweet – just been for lunch and thought it was worth a quick thumbs up. Bang Bang Prawns were a winner, as was the Pork Spring Rolls. I’m a big Pho fan and this was great – although I’m also a chilli lover so might ask for some extras on the side next time. Two full, happy tummies…

4 star rating
by Gaye B.
5th March 2014

New to the neighborhood and husband’s birthday, so a natural choice to try. Absolutely packed on a Wednesday night, that was the first surprise. We were given a table outside and the promise of blankets if needed, which we didn’t.

We really enjoyed ourselves, we were served with charm and considering how busy they were, quite quickly. The entree of spring rolls was very good, with flavors that burst in the mouth. We both had the Belly Pork Hot Pot that was also good once I overcame my disappointment that this belly pork wasn’t with crackling. Again beautifully cooked and presented. Pudding was a joint share of Deep fired Banana donuts with chocolate, some what like Spanish churros and decidedly yummy. We would definitely go back again and feel lucky to have this across the road.

4 star rating
by Fiona L.
27th February 2014

Lovely fresh food but the initial impression was slightly marred by the lack of an immediate welcome – we realized that the woman at the “front of house” was busy but she needs to learn that an immediate acknowledgment means a great deal to customers regardless of how busy you are (I am always much happier to wait if an immediate acknowledgment is made with a promise to “be with you” in a moment).

That said it’s a great addition to the neighbourhood.

4 star rating
by William K.
31st January 2014

Have been several times to Cafe Viet and have always enjoyed myself. Yes there are minor issues with the service such as the odd prompt for cutlery and top up of water, but one needs to remember your not paying ‘French Cafe’ or ‘Prego’ prices – put it into perspective.

Not having been to Vietnam myself but with friends that have, they commented the food is pretty authentic. Myself, I love the food.

Value for money, great atmosphere and Darren is always obliging. Keep it up.

2 star rating
by Julie J.
28th December 2013

The decor in this restaurant is inviting. Unfortunately having been twice (once for lunch and once for dinner). It does not live up to expectation. Food us bland, misses the lively fresh bursts of flavour you would expect. Menu very pork dominated. Service extremely poor. Would love this restaurant to improve so we could use it more.

5 star rating
by Jacqui
17th December 2013

Lovely fresh flavours – very authentic Vietnamese. The prawn and pork fresh spring rolls were particularly memorable. Very reasonably priced – it is nice to be able to go out for a mid week local meal for two and not have it cost a fortune. Definitely will be back.

5 star rating
by Anna R.
29th November 2013

Very tasty food and as authentic as I’ve had anywhere in New Zealand. It was nice to have some fresh herbs with the dishes. The owner said he’d provide even more but they are difficult to easily source in quantity.

We had the pho, which was lovely and came with coriander, Vietnamese mint, fresh lemon, mung bean sprouts, and chilli and hoisin sauces so you could season it to taste. My only criticism is that it could have done with more liquid (versus noodles). The ban xeo was nice – although to my palate it could have done with a tad more salt. The lemon grass beef was fantastic – probably the nicest I’ve had anywhere in NZ.

Cafe Viet is all a great addition to Auckland’s Vietnamese restaurant scene and I will definitely be back for more.

5 star rating
by One2one A.
25th November 2013

My new favourite place for Vietnamese restaurant.
I had chicken bang bang, fresh salmon rolls, chicken noodle with salad and my friend has pork noodle with salad. Everything was served in beautifully and the service was outstanding. The food tastes nice and I would definitely recommend to all. Their pho noodle is simply amazing too :)

5 star rating
by Mary M.
21st November 2013

I have enjoyed lunch at Cafe Viet twice this month after it was recommended. The meals are beautifully fresh, artistically presented and absolutely delicious. The ambience of the surroundings are colourful relaxing and original. This is a new spot. We dined with a group of 7 individuals. All were unanimous in our wish to return. The staff were friendly, informative and paid close attention to various requests. I wish the owners every success. Let the crowds roll through their doors. Thank you.

5 star rating
by Katerina
13th November 2013

The best Vietnamese restaurant in Auckland! The service is good the food is great. Tried almost everything from the menu its awesome! Lots of flavors and all the chefs are from Vietnam! Relaxed atmosphere exactly I like. Highly recommend.

4 star rating
by Sally B.
1st November 2013

Went for lunch today and loved it. The summer rolls were freshly made and full of lovely herbs and fillings, we had a selection of other things from the shared plates menu and enjoyed them all. Liked the decor, plush cushions and staff, will definately go again.

1 star rating
by Kristy A.
19th October 2013

Waited 45minutes for a starter, my tofu salad was full of beef when i asked them to change it they just picked the meat out and bought it back, the salad consisted of vinegar and huge spring onion which was hard to chew i couldn’t eat it and left most of it on the plate, i asked for a beer and it never came, they never offered us any water after an hour waiting for dinner, I’m sure the matradee was drunk or something. Although they did apologise for the delay it was way to long and not worth the wait or cost. My partners hotpot was average (his words and he’s a chef) and honestly we can get better from Ponsonby food court for half the price/time. thanks for listening to my review.

Comment from Darryn B. of Cafe Viet 20/10/2013   
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4 star rating
by Vivien K.
14th October 2013

Really like this new addition to our local scene. Genuinely good service and food. Nothing pretentious or overpriced and you can actually talk to your dinner companions without competing with the “vibe” – life as we once knew it!

1 star rating
by Grace S.
13th October 2013

Worst eating out experience I have ever had. I kind of think we were taken advantage of because we were a young duo. The waiter offered us a seat at a table he “hadn’t planned on using tonight” so it was in an awkward position to the door, had no water glasses, wine glasses etc. We then were told they did not have a liquor license so it was water for us, which would have been fine had it ever arrived. Our starter came out after 35!!!!!!! minutes, a basket of deep fried squid (can get the same at my local takeaway for half the price and a quarter if the time.) Then we waited another 40 minutes for our mains to arrive and only one came, a watery, non-descript Beef Pho. Eventually we managed to alert the waiter to the lack of food and he said “I’ll just go check”, at that point we should have left but we felt like we should see it through in the hopes that it would be good and, by now, we were starving! It came another 15 mins after our inquiry, a sloppy, tasteless, mushy thing, a glorified omelette that cost 20 bucks. Then, we we left (leaving most of it on the plate) the same waiter just smiled like all was well. It really was not. DON’T DO IT, Please!!!. You would be better off at Pons Food Court, mate. Its a shame because we wanted to support this new restaurant, this spot is notoriously hard for restaurants to survive but, alas, it was not to be.

Comment from Darryn B. of Cafe Viet 20/10/2013   
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5 star rating
by Lee
30th September 2013

These guys definitely deserve a plug. Food fantastic, fresh and flavoursome. Staff friendly atmosphere was warm and friendly. Highly recommended! Priced reasonably. We will have to make this a regular.

4 star rating
by Julie B.
13th September 2013

What a great find! Loved it – fantastic food, friendly staff and great vietnamese coffee. Will definitely be back.

5 star rating
by Emma J.
10th September 2013

This is a great local. Fresh food with friendly service. Loved the Banana leaf fish and coconut mussels. Great relaxed place to take the kids who loved the food as much as us . The staff were really friendly and accommodating to requests . Have been back twice now and will be going again .

5 star rating
by Leeane G.
7th September 2013

Fantastic food!!!!! the best viet food we have had in New Zealand yet – our vietnamese homestay was soo happy she felt like she was eating at home. The fish in banana leaf with muscles in coconut was just amazing. Really lovely staff who are a bit new to the job & needed a bit of prompting for cutlery & napkins but the flavours of the cuisine more than made up for that & they were so friendly & helpful when we asked for anything – we were eating with two young children & they bought the kids meals out straight away so the adults could enjoy their delicious entree’s & wine. – highly recommend the squid, the net fish & prawn spring rolls, the caramel pork hot pot & the BANANA DOUGHNUTS YUMMM!!!!!! will definately be back to this lovely friendly little local.

2 star rating
by NomNomPanda
4th September 2013

Waste of time and money, sorry. This place was packed when we arrived. It turns out this was because everyone was waiting for their food. The friendly waiter offered to bring us water, which never arrived. Our first meal was brought to the table by a chef over 30 min after we ordered, but there was still no cutlery on the table. The sweet and coconutty bahn xeo was thick and soggy, rather than crispy, and although the menu claims it is stuffed with fresh herbs, there were no herbs to be seen, unless you count mung bean sprouts or the accompanying mesclun salad. I asked the waiter what the herbs were supposed to be, and the answer was that it was “a secret”. We wanted to try the durian ice cream, but did not want to risk having to wait for ages. Why are there no good Vietnamese restaurants in Auckland, unless you want to splash out in Britomart?

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