Friday, 11 January 2013

Taste Test - Tra Vinh

It's Friday evening and hubby was planning to cook dinner but obviously he didn't end up cooking and we ended up at Tra Vinh...not that I'll complain either way!

Tra Vinh is our regular haunt, we go there maybe once a month when hubby or I feel like pho.  I used to brand them as the best pho in Perth but not anymore, their standards have dropped in the last few years but we go there out of habit I think.  From past experience, if you ever want to go to Tra Vinh for a meal, get there before 11:30am or after 2pm for lunch and before 6:30pm for dinner because you'll have trouble getting a seat or in the door otherwise.  We ordered pretty much as soon as we sat down.

Our order
Goi cuon tom thit (rice paper roll with pork and prawn) $5
Pho dat biet (combination beef hofan soup) $11.50
Bun bi cha gio (rice vermicelli with fine meat and spring roll) $11

Food and presentation - 4/5
Hubby had no complaints about his pho as usual, they give us beansprouts, mint leaves, chilli and lemon on the side. My bun bi cha gio was pretty good, I haven't had it there before and it's a bit different to what I've had at other places but it's just as good, I wouldn't say it's better though.  The rice paper rolls were yummy, you really can't go wrong with those.  Presentation is nothing exciting, typical of any Vietnamese restaurants of this type.
Goi cuon tom thit $5

Pho dat biet $11.50
Bun bi cha gio $11
Service - 2.5/5
We go to Tra Vinh not expecting much service and we didn't get much.  They brought us tea and menus when we sat down which is good because sometimes it takes them awhile.  We got excited because the tea thermos they brought us was new, yes we are sad...

Atmosphere - 2.5/5
Dim lighting, sticky tables, dirty carpet and usually noisy but it's got a buzz to it.

Value for money - 4/5
Servings are big for me but just right for hubby.  If you are full and satisfied for under $15 per person, I think it's value for money.

Taste Test Final Score - 13/20 

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