Vietnamese street-food eatery Hanoi Hannah Elsternwick has been dishing out Hanoi-style spring rolls, pork belly banh mi and vibrant vermicelli salads since it opened in 2016 as the sister restaurant to the original Hanoi Hannah in Windsor.
Now, the colourful 55-seat eatery is moving to new 100-seat space just a few doors up the road. Simon Blacher, director at Commune Group (Tokyo Tina, Neptune Food & Wine, Hanoi Hannah New Quarter) says that while more room was part of the motivation to move, the old spot was also largely outdoors, so the team was always battling the weather. The design at the new spot is for a comfortable room that’ll age well.
“No Instagrammable features, nothing wild. It’s something that’ll look good for ten years rather than ten minutes,” he says. “The old spot had a very small kitchen that made our menus very limited. The bar, too, was tiny. More space means a better offering and happier staff.”
Hanoi Hannah Vol. II will have an expansive open kitchen, a roomier bar and a few outdoor seats. All this extra space means the restaurant is now able to take bookings.
On the menu you’ll find some usual suspects from the old location alongside more modern Vietnamese dishes created by executive chef Anthony Choi and head chef Joon Song. Banh teui, fried savoury doughnuts, come filled with lemongrass-braised brisket. Banh canh cua is a rich noodle soup with prawns and a fiery crab broth, and mains will include four-day dry-aged roast duck with crisp skin, egg noodles and spring onion oil.
To drink, there’ll be rum-heavy punch bowls and Vietnamese-influenced cocktails on a list that spans fruity, refreshing and bold.
Hanoi Hannah Elsternwick at 267 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick will close in early May and reopen as Hanoi Hannah Vol.II at 306–310 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick.