Melbourne’s newest Vietnamese Eatery ‘BANOI’ has opened in Victoria Harbour, offering modern Vietnamese street style dishes. Inspired by three generations and shaped by local produce, BANOI offers a unique dinning experience with a strong vision to extend Melbourne’s distinct food culture to Docklands.
Following the success of their sister restaurant NSHRY, young restaurateur’s Michael Nham, Viet Nguyen, Tam Nguyen, Brock Legudi and John Lang, collectively known as ‘Sons of Charlie Pty Ltd’ have combined their knowledge of Vietnamese street style food, their cultural heritage and a love for architecture and design to bring BANOI, Melbourne’s latest Vietnamese Eatery, to life.
Head Chef Michael Nham offers a traditional Vietnamese market style experience, inspired by a strong family heritage, shaped by local produce and culture.
BANOI’s philosophy is simple; it’s about coming together to share moments and good food. “We’d come together every night, 20 family members sitting around a table cloth spread out on the floor enjoying the taste of home, prepared fresh each day” says Nham, recalling his early years in his grandmothers small two bedroom, South Melbourne apartment. John Lang and both Tam and Viet Nguyen also grew up working in family restaurants and claim to be Melbourne’s first ‘Pho-nnoisseurs’.
BANOI translates to ‘grandmother’ and with such strong family influences throughout, Nham and his team have developed a selection of dishes including a home style Pho, crispy pork belly, home made butter and pickled slaw Banh Mi (Burgers) and classic rice paper rolls options including grilled honey and soy chicken to pumpkin puree and soy sticky pork.
Designer Viet Nguyen and builder Brock Legudi delivered a fit out which offers a true Saigon market experience; utilising reclaimed timber which extensively makes up the feature walls, light fittings and communal tables, which look into an open kitchen. Hand painted artwork by Nguyen’s uncle adorn the pillars and curated authentic tiling make up the bar and coffee hub. Nguyen and Legudi ensured the design complimented the aesthetic language and the sustainable achievements of the award winning Forte building, the world’s tallest timber apartments, located in Victoria Harbour.