Mopho Canteen South Yarra

12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
74 Toorak Road South Yarra 3141



In East St Kilda people walk down Carlisle Street sipping out of fresh coconuts from Vietnamese diner Mopho Canteen. The restaurant, which opened in 2015, has a loyal following for its $14 bowls of pho and tasty banh mi.

This newer South Yarra location is more spacious than its sibling, meaning more of the same central Vietnamese-inspired food and drinks that keep the Balaclava spot jam-packed most nights of the week. The menu is the same in both locations, apart from three new items in South Yarra: barbequed jumbo prawns, a pork-belly salad and a lamb and coconut curry.

Mopho Canteen’s pho – its specialty – is sweet, dark and rich, thanks to a generous amount of bone marrow used to cook the broth. There are five kinds including pho bo tai (rare beef) and a vegan, vegetable-heavy pho chay.

The menu also includes beef-brisket banh mi, pork spring rolls with nuoc cham and fresh herbs, and salads such as a seared-tuna option with green papaya and lime dressing.

A tight drinks list includes mostly Victorian wines, a beer each from Vietnam (Bia Ha Noi), Japan (Asahi) and Geelong (Furphy) and a small number of cocktails, with some for $10 between 5pm and 7pm.

The narrow space has a contemporary tropical vibe; with blond-wood furniture, pops of pastel on the walls, and indoor plants. There’s an outdoor courtyard with a retractable roof, so you needn’t wait for warmer nights to settle in here with one of the fruity cocktails.