Tien Dat by Katherine
After seeing the huge lineups for food and the expensive prices at the Japanese festival ($12 for a very small plate), Sally and I decided to visit Tien Dat which is about ten minutes walk away.
Tien Dat is a small place but they have outdoor seating. The staff seemed a little bit disorganised and it was hard to find seating as several tables were reserved.
They have EFTPOS but you have to spend $25 to be able to use EFTPOS. Luckily we had cash.
There is BYO wine here.
There isn’t any complimentary tea but there is free water.
Here they have one sized pho ($10) and Sally went for that. I forgot to take a picture of this but it was huge. Mine was $12.50 (vegetarian bun bo hue without the meats). I felt like something light because I was going to visit the tea ceremony afterwards.
The Bun Bo Hue was huge. It was light and it had lots of vegetables in there underneath the noodles. But I wished they had more pickled carrots.
The spring rolls were just a tad bit overcooked as they broke into pieces.
Other than that this was a better alternative to eating at the Food Republik any day or at the Japan festival where prices were expensive for such a small plate.
Rating: A great find in Box Hill (the foodie suburb).
If I was here I’d return someday.