Mopho Canteen

Mopho Canteen

12:00pm - 12:00pm
197 Carlisle Street Balaclava 3183
(03) 9531 7145

If you’re around East St Kilda, you’ll notice people walking down Carlisle Street drinking fresh coconuts. They’ve probably been to Mopho Canteen, a Vietnamese diner near Balaclava station.

It’s situated in a tight industrial space, made the most of by a clean, low-fuss design. The savvy layout ensures each phó-slurper comfortably packs in around large communal tables and bench seats – leaving enough space for locals to duck in out for their quick phó fix.

The food is central-style Vietnamese-inspired (sweet and meaty). It’s a different sort of authentic to what you’ll find in the family-run places on Victoria Street, but no less tasty. Head chef Adam Davies (Mr Wolf, Melbourne Wine Room) has created an affordable menu around a modern Vietnamese experience: which for Melbourne diners involves tasty and fresh traditional food in a contemporary and creative space. There are large and crispy pork spring rolls and glazed chargrilled chicken hearts. Salad choices include soft-shell crab or a seared-tuna option with green papaya and “crispy bits”.

Come summertime, Mopho Canteen also makes a blood orange Pina Colada, perfect for sipping at the curbside tables. The drinks menu is small: with a selection of Australian whites, rosés and reds, a handful of beers (including VB) – and of course, coconuts.



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