Binh Minh Review – Richmond, Australia
Saturday night a group of us went out to Binh Minh on Victoria Parade in Melbourne, Australia to celebrate a friends birthday. The restaurant was packed with a lively crowd and there was a great vibe to get the night started. We were a large group of 13, so we called and booked in advance. We were a little late, which upset the wait staff a bit, due to the business of the place, but we were eventually seated upstairs on the second level of a typical Vietnamese Eatery.
This place has a huge menu ranging from South East Asia with a focus on Vietnam. The food is all pretty good and ranges in spice level. You can always ask for fresh chillies like we did to kick it up a notch. We ordered an array of dishes to please all from typical pad thai to crispy skin chicken and of course, steamed rice. We had seafood with noodles, poultry of all sorts, beautiful homemade pork dim sims and beef rendang, just to name a few. The dishes kept coming until we couldn’t eat any more. The service was quick and this place also offers BYO wine, which we were sure to take advantage of. Overall, the food was above average, but not mind-blowing. It is one of the better places to eat on Victoria though.
We finished eating and then is when the fun part of the evening started. The restaurant was starting to clear until there were only two tables left eating upstairs and for some unknown reason the wait staff cleared out the tables, pumped up the music and put on a disco light. We finished our wine and food and weren’t sure what we were meant to do – have a dance party or vacate the premisses. We decided to get the party going. My friend and I proceeded to head downstairs to buy more wine. The place was busy and I’m not sure if they knew what was really happening, but they sold us 5 bottles of Australian White for only $85, including a bottle of Pike’s Riesling which retails in bottle shops for over $20. Needless to say, it was a great deal and the staff really knew how to ensure we had a good time. We finished our wine and eventually continued the party at the Vic Bar across the street. (great little pub if you’re ever in the area)
I must say, this was one of the strangest, yet most memorable dining experiences to date and I’d highly recommend checking this place out. Food is good, but not great. Service is a bit sporadic. Atmosphere is loud and exciting. You never know what’s going to happen. So if you’re up for an adventure and an interesting dining experience try Binh Minh in Richmond, you won’t be disappointed.
Food Quality 6.5/10