While we all know not to expect too much of spectacular experience when going to an Asian Restaurant, except for fast and tasty food. It doesn't bother me much if they were not providing top notch service or the tables were sticky, or using chipped crockery, as long as the food is good. Unfortunately ... Dao Vien is not like the others.
|An empty restaurant with tired looking decor|
|Dirty tables all around us|
|Vietnamese Iced Coffee|
|Pork Spring Roll|
My mate and I were in the mood for some spring roll, because it was so quiet and the owner seems not to care much about the customers' experience, I doubted the spring roll to be fresh, I was hoping the filling wasn't off or mouldy. To our surprise, the spring roll was the highlight, it was fresh, juicy, crunchy and nicely seasoned. The chef wasn't stingy in putting those filling in, unlike those frozen spring roll you get from the shop, which was doughy and filled with unidentified fillings. The spring roll skin were light and crisp, it was fried to perfection and dipping into the sauce just makes it taste even better.
|Pho of Beef balls and raw beef slices|
On the other hand, my beef pho was quite pleasant, the broth was pack full of flavour. It was exactly like what one is looking for in a beef pho. Having said that, the standard was just above average when compare to other Vietnamese restaurant in Perth.
The ambient and the service was a major let down, whether the food quality are able to turn my bad impression to a positive? Probably not! The sense of walking into an empty and quiet (no ambient music playing) restaurant while the lady owner doesn't seems to care, can be quite daunting. There are many other Vietnamese restaurant in Perth that do really good pho and provide a rather friendly service, some even have a comfortable environment to make you feel at ease.
We were using the entertainment card discount, which makes it a really cheap lunch. So, I guess we paid for what we get!
Food quality: 3 outta 5 spring roll
Service: 0.5 outta 5 spring roll
Ambient: 1.5 outta 5 spring roll
Will i ever be back?: Unfortunately not
Dao Vien Vietnamese
3, Fitzgerald Street,
08 9227 0837