To say of this local favourite that it has stood the test of time is an understatement. Tien Dat opened in 1983 and was the first Vietnamese restaurant in Box Hill. At the time there were a handful of newly migrated families from Hong Kong and one Chinese grocery store.
The Pham family, which owns Tien Dat introduced pho, bun (rice vermicelli) and rice paper rolls to a then predominantly Anglo local population.
The menu is long and has evolved to include more filling rice and noodle offerings, as well as dishes incorporating Chinese influences, such as spicy salt-and-pepper squid and crispy-duck hand rolls. The banh cuon, is made from a sheet of steamed and fermented rice batter filled with seasoned ground pork, minced mushroom, and minced shallots. Also on the menu is the traditional banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe).