Reviews for Cafe Viet
by Chris Thompson
12 hours ago
We had been meaning to go to Cafe Viet for some time - but our kids aren't very adventurous eaters so we weren't sure how they would go. We shouldn't have worried - there is a kids menu with hot dog, chips and an icecream sundae - sorted!
We were free to roam across the menu - rice paper rolls & spring rolls as entrees. (which, to my immense surprise even the kids liked!) , the beef noodle soup, lemongrass chicken and the most unusual dish - Viet ribs with Kumara chips - which the kids also devoured.
The service was good, we were seated and served promptly - which is unusually important for parents with kids - and the food was sensational - delicious, fresh flavours, and all accompanied by a nice bottle of wine. We'll definitely be back, but we know to book next time as the place was filling up despite it being mid-week. We have a new favourite local!
by Loved By Katie
one month ago
I stepped into Cafe Viet with my dining companion who simply loves vietnamese food. He was super excited about this place and couldn't keep his eyes off the menu.
We started with Fresh rice paper rolls w prawn & braised pork (12). This was delicious and refreshing, but I felt the rice paper was a little tough to bite. Then came the Bang Bang prawns (12), deep fried with green rice. I loved how huge and crispy they were. You soon get a bit sick of the "deep fried" part though.
Our mains were Grilled lemongrass pork (22) and a Beef rice noodle soup (15). There were so many various thing on my pork plate which included pork steak, meatballs, rice vermicelli, salad and prawn crackers. This was fantastic as I am a fan of trying out different things at once! Pork was tender and salad accompanied it perfectly. The vermicelli here is too thin so that it forms like a soft blanket which was interesting. However, meatball was too salty even with the rice vermicelli. I tried a spoonful of the noodle soup but did not enjoy the strong spice/herb flavour.
We decided to share the Viet coffee (4.5) with ice as it was an evening. Coffee was dripped into a glass which had a sweetened condensed milk. The flavour was quite different. Very new. It was almost like an liquor with not so strong coffee taste. I wasn't sure if I like it or not.
one month ago
We live a couple of doors away from this place and have watched as restaurants come, die and go away on this particular spot. Our hopes were high that something awesome would move in and the curse of the old gas station would be lifted. We feel it might have been, finally. We've eaten at Viet 3 times now and each time have found it to be really well prepared food from a menu that changes enough to keep you interested. The pho is a treat and it's good to have a decent bowl of noodles in your hood. The soft shell crab is a new family favourite and we just about have to lick the lips of our 6 year old son to get a taste now. It's all been good for us so we'll keep going back. The important thing folks need to remember is that it's also REASONABLE good food. We're not talking silver service here so wind your neck in. Sure the service can be a little hit & miss when they're slammed. Relax and chat a little or something for chrissakes! Or go eat quick garbage elsewhwere and give the rest of us your seat!
by Adam Hiron
2 months ago
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.
by Bob Lee
2 months ago
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??
by Mai Ngo
2 months ago
As coming from a Vietnamese background, Vietnamese food is limited to be been eaten at home as it's difficult to find an authentic Vietnamese restaurant or one that serves up modern Vietnamese but still retains the freshness and flavour.
I had been hearing great things about Cafe Viet and it had been on my 'must visit' list for a very long time where I finally managed to visit the place on Friday night. Mr W and I were seated on the upper level - cozy and lightly dimmed which makes it perfect for those dates (though be careful of your voice volume as 1/3 of our time we were bombarded with our neighbours table life story which was quite frustrating).
We ordered the Mini Rice Cakes (Banh Khot) and Rice Flour Crepe Rolls (Banh Xeo Tom Cuon) as starters. The Banh Khot was tasty, though I wished that the shell on the prawn tail was removed or it was crispy enough to chew down as I ended up with bits of hard shell in my mouth. For mains we ordered the Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf (Ca Nuong La Chuoi) and Saigon Grilled Lemongrass Beef (Bun Bo Cha Gio). The fish dish came out beautifully presented and Mr W had enjoyed it thoroughly. The portion of beef on my dish was generous and I could taste the subtle hints of lemongrass ( though I would prefer a stronger flavour of lemongrass). I also would have liked a bit more heat and less sweetness on the nuoc mam and more herbs and the dish would have been excellent. But don't get me wrong, the dish was very good.
Overall friendly staff, great ambiance and good presentation of food whilst still keeping the original flavours there. Cafe Viet has definitely up'ed the experience for Vietnamese cuisine.
by Gabe Sergeant
3 months ago
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.
by Wayne Mynott
4 months ago
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.
by Nick & Jayne
4 months ago
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!
5 months ago
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.
by Stella T
5 months ago
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 months ago
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.
by Jonpaul Mower
6 months ago
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.
6 months ago
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...
by Mairi Herbert
6 months ago
Café Viet…there has been quite a buzz recently. Everyone seems to be talking about & I finally made it along there last Friday night for an early dinner; they just managed to squeeze 2 of us in at 6:30pm. With cyclone Lusi on the horizon we were very happy to be settled in inside in amongst the fairy lights & brightly coloured cushions. And then there was the menu; focusing on fresh & traditional Vietnamese dishes bursting with flavour & fresh herbs & spices. We wanted to try just about everything but that would really have been a case of eyes being bigger than the belly. A repeat visit will be in order to continue the Vietnamese journey.
We couldn’t even really make it past the small plates, with 4 of them & 1 main we were well & truly sated & satisfied. To start some fresh rice paper rolls with prawns & braised pork that were bright & fresh & served alongside some classic nuoc mam. I would have like it a little spicier but each to their own when it comes to heat. Next the Café Viet’s spring rolls. These were a real treat; golden & crispy fried spring rolls filled with diced pork & prawn wrapped in fresh rice paper rolls & herbs for a freshness alongside the crunchy crispiness.
Mini rice cakes were topped with a prawn, spring onion & mung beans for a tasty little morsel. These were dipped in nuoc mam & popped whole in to our hungry mouths to be devoured. Alongside these a basket of Bang Bang prawns covered in crispy batter with a coconut & lemongrass dipping sauce that packed a wonderful punch & a good hit of chilli & is what made these more than just deep fried prawns. Not that there is actually anything wrong with deep fried prawns!
The one dish that we sample from the mains was the grilled lemongrass chicken. The chicken was full of that wonderful lemongrass flavour & it came served with a cold rice noodle & herb salad topped with crushed peanuts & a couple of little curry puffs. Little pockets of light pastry stuffed with curried vegetables that were quite the little treat.
There was just no room to even pursue the dessert menu, our bellies were happy & full. Café Viet is a happy little place, food is bright & fresh & we had the loveliest service from a very sweet little lady.
However I must go back for the pho bo, that traditional savoury beef noodle soup & the crispy rice flour crepe that is stuffed with braised port, prawns, sprouts & fresh herbs.
Café Viet is one busy little place these days so be sure to book so that you don’t miss out.
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by Gaye Billings
6 months ago
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.
by Fiona Lindop
6 months ago
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.
by William Keung
7 months ago
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.
8 months ago
Café Viet has a very cosy interior, with murals harking to Saigon’s street scene, - (painted) exposed brickwork, trailing plants, dilapidated louvered shutters, faded yellow-washed walls and even a bicycle. There is seating in the front courtyard, and an area at the back for groups of up to 16. The plump, bright floral cushions invite you to relax into the seats.
The menu consists of staples, such as phở bò (rare beef noodle soup), grilled meats, salads and everyone's favourite spring rolls. I love that the owners have put the Vietnamese names of the dishes on the menu plus a guide to pronunciation.
My absolute favourite culinary experience in Vietnam was my daily glass (or three) of cà phê sữa đá, Vietnamese coffee served with sweet condensed milk and lots of ice. This is called café Viet on the menu ($4.50) and you can ask for this to come with ice. The coffee is even brewed in the traditional style, with a single-cup metal French drip filter (cà phê phin).
The bún gà sả (flame grilled lemongrass chicken, $19) was the most tender lemongrass chicken I have ever had. The chicken came with herbs and rice noodles that we sprinkled generously with nước mắm (dipping sauce made with fish sauce, lemon juice, sugar and chilli). It was also served with sweet potato curry puff and a lightly pickled salad which we ate on crackers. Bánh hỏi thịt nướng ($19) translates to grilled pork (thịt nướng) on thin rice noodles (bánh hỏi). This dish also comes with three of the tastiest pork meatballs, and reminded me of the spectacular bún chả in Hanoi. Bánh xèo (crisp rice flour crepe, $17) had a great crispy outside, and was generously filled with pork belly slices, prawns, mung bean sprouts, split mung beans and served with fresh Vietnamese mint, spearmint and coriander. You almost never Vietnamese mint in the restaurants or supermarkets here (even though they grow like a weed).
The food was authentic and delicious at Café Viet. I prefer the texture of the bánh xèo at Try It Out, but in terms of atmosphere, presentation and service, Café Viet easily trumps. This place is rightfully busy, so it pays to book if you're looking to visit for dinner.
For the rest of the review and photos, see: http://easyfoodhacks.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/cafe-viet-grey-lynn-auckland.html
by Moyra Lenihan
8 months ago
This is my new favourite Cafe. The staff are lovely, the food is fantastic and it is very reasonably priced. Make sure you book as it is very popular.
by Julie Jones
8 months ago
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.
9 months ago
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.
by Anna Radford
9 months ago
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.
by One2one Andrew
9 months ago
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 :)
by Mary Midgley
10 months ago
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.
by Ekaterina Boyarkina
10 months ago
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.
by Sally Bowden
10 months ago
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.
by Kristy Allan
11 months ago
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.
by Vivien Kite
11 months ago
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!
by Grace Schmidt
11 months ago
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.
11 months ago
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.
by Julie Bremner
Sep 13, 2013
What a great find! Loved it - fantastic food, friendly staff and great vietnamese coffee. Will definitely be back.
by Emma J
Sep 10, 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 .
by Leeane Gregory
Sep 07, 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.
Sep 04, 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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