Eclectic laneway, Fish Lane, has a new kid on the block, serving up modern Vietnamese to foodies in South Brisbane.
Co-owners Daniel Ward and Maris Cook have taken inspiration from Melbourne’s wealth of modern Asian fusion restaurants, aiming and succeeding in replicating the fun and quirky atmosphere.
Daniel is also the brains behind the Stables Bar and Kitchen in Ascot while Maris’s resume stretches back 20 years through some of the best restaurants in the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne including Movida, Gingerboy, Sarti and Woods of Windsor, just to name a few.
“We’re bringing a new style of Vietnamese cuisine to this side of the River,” Maris said. “Hello Please is all about serving consistent, high-quality street-eats that are good for the soul.”
The menu is tight but full of all your favourite flavours. Start with some small bites to share. Spring rolls are always a hit or if you prefer something fresher rice paper rolls are also a favourite. Options include beef with wasabi mayo, Peking duck or tofu with hoisin and peanuts. There are also dumplings served with black vinegar and plenty of ginger.
Whether you prefer more traditional Vietnamese or love modern twist, pho is always a favourite. Hello Please’s noodle soup focuses on the traditional chicken option with silky rice noodles and plenty of herbs for you to add as you please and bean sprouts for that all important crunch.
Another favourite is the poached chicken banh mi with more delicious herbs, pickled carrot and cucumber in a crisp Vietnamese style baguette. There is also a coconut chicken salad with more fresh flavours including lime, cucumber and basil with crushed peanuts sprinkled on top.
Quench your thirst with a selection tight and tasty wine and beer lists, including Vietnamese favourites Bia Hanoi and 333 Beer. There’s also a selection of daily cocktail specials, all perfectly suited the aromatic fare.
In true Fish Lane style, Hello Please takes quirky a step further, operating out a shipping container with the large outdoor area surrounding the container filled with picnic tables, festoon lighting and murals from local graffiti artist Drapl.
At Hello Please, both the space and the fare is packed with fun and flavour, adding to the already vibrant Fish Lane precinct.
Words by Marnie Bodin