After much anticipation, Banoi is finally opening this week in Bowen Hills’ King Street precinct. To celebrate, co-owners Michael Nham and Viet Nguyen are giving away lunch and dinner sets all day, for free.
This will be the third Banoi after two Melbourne editions. Nham and Nguyen – who recently collaborated with Nham’s childhood friend Hao Vu on neighbouring burger joint, Super Combo – grew up in the Victorian capital, eating traditional Vietnamese food made by their grandmother, Bon Thi Nguyen, who owned one of Footscray’s first Vietnamese restaurants in the late 1980s.
Banoi was in part a way of continuing her legacy. “We thought, let’s start up a restaurant called Banoi, which means ‘grandma’ in Vietnamese,” Nguyen recently told Broadsheet. “We got the family together and compiled all the recipes passed down from grandma.”
Banoi Bowen Hills will be celebrating its official opening tomorrow, with free lunch and dinner sets all day for dine-in customers. There are three different sets on offer, including the restaurant’s signature lunch set with beef pho, imperial spring rolls and a half banh mi roll. The other sets are based around Banoi’s popular cao lau noodles and chicken curry with vermicelli. All the sets include a beverage – kumquat lemonade or iced coffee for lunch, and beer or wine with dinner.
Banoi opens tomorrow, 11.30am–3pm for lunch, and 5–9pm for dinner.