House of Hoi An (Invited)

Saturday, April 08, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

House of Hoian is a casual dining Vietnamese fusion restaurant located in Windsor. Easily reachable by tram from Melbourne CBD towards Glen Iris and exit on stop 31 then a short 250m walk. The restaurant only available for dinner since they only open from 5.30pm until 12 midnight. The interior of the place has a vibrant colourful vibe, dim lighting but traditional decoration. 

First, they served me a glass of Vietnamese Tea ($5) and Cafe Den ($6). The tea consist of 5 different spices. The smell was so delicious and full of aromatic spice, but the taste was not as strong as I was expected. Unlike a usual tea, it didn’t taste bitter and quite sweet at the end. Cafe den is a Vietnamese black drip filter coffee. It’s quite bitter but not too strong, also it can neutralise tasty food.

For the appetiser, they served us Rau Moung Tron - morning glory salad ($16). It contained shrimp, pork belly, sliced onions, sesame, roasted peanuts, mixed with stem and leaves of morning glory, tossed in garlic, lime and shallot dressing with crackers. The salad was light and lack of taste but the peanut and shallots added a nice crunchy texture. It was refreshing for an opening dish. 

Then I tried Tom Rim Nuoc Dua - sauteed prawns in coconut ($34). The appearance of the dish was attractive, served in a fresh coconut with rice paddy herbs, king prawns, and glass noodles in a light fragrant spicy curry sauce. As the description in their menu, the curry sauce was light and delicious. The king prawns was so fresh, I love it. 

The last dish was Ga Nuong La Chanh - BBQ chicken and lime leaf ($28). They used chicken thigh and then bbq with lime leaf and herbs served with rice and salad. This dish was really good, the taste was sweet yet also fresh and vibrant from lime. I also like the side salad with the refreshing vietnamese sauce. 

After all that wonderful dishes, the manager asked me to try their dessert. Of course, I gladly obliged. Kem Chuoi - frozen banana in 3 types of coconut ($15). This was Vietnamese style of banana ice cream with dry coconut, shredded coconut, and coconut milk. When I had my first spoon, it was frozen. It's better to wait until it slightly melt a bit because the banana taste starting to shine in the ice cream. I'm so happy that this dessert was not too sweet and has a lot of different texture. I can feel the crunchiness of the coconut, also the cold and sweet of the banana it self. 

Overall the foods and service were really good. The manager and staff are polite and friendly through out our visit. But I do think for the portions, the price is quite high. Even though for the locations, casual dining is quite suitable.

House of Hoi An Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

House of Hoi An
1/40 Green St
Windsor, VIC 3181