Vietnamese Laundry doesn’t look like your typical Asian eatery. There’s street art covering the exterior, concrete floors under foot, and Triple J cranking from the old school boombox next to the counter.
As the name suggests, the restaurant and bar was originally a laundrette. Husband and wife team Alex and Tin Fahey combined their skills of cooking and construction to transform it, retaining just a single clothes dryer as an homage to its past.
The lunch menu is a classic mix of pho, bánh mì, cold rolls and bao that are appreciated mostly by office workers from nearby South Terrace and Greenhill Road.
After hours the space is transformed into a bar where you can throw back Asian beers, lychee mojitos or a lethal vodka, Cointreau and lemon “teapot” for two.
There’s also a range of small plates including pork ribs, papaya salad, soft-shell crab and a shared chopping board which combines them all. Make an excuse, leave work early and sit outside with a beer in one hand and a bánh mì in the other – you won’t regret it for a second.