We get it Brisbane; you love Vietnamese food. Just as we revealed your votes for your pick of Brisbane’s best Vietnamese restaurants, another Vietnamese joint has gone and opened. Typical. As if Fish Lane wasn’t already the coolest corner of Brisbane, the addition of Hello Please has injected another huge hit of cool into the laneway.
Hello Please operates out of a shipping container in front of a huuuge graffiti mural of Muhamad Ali—insert pun about the food here being ‘the greatest’—and under string upon string of fairy lights. It really is a cool venue, there’s no denying that. The seating is communal and a far cry from the tiny plastic stools you’ll find lining the streets of Vietnam.
The menu is packed full of Vietnamese street eats, just the way we like it. It’s divided into share plates and more substantial eats so you have the choice of snacks with a side of dranks or a good old fashioned feast. The drinks list changes on the daily, but you’ll be pleased to know some of Vietnam’s best beers take pride of place on the menu. Cue the back packing flash backs.
We started with the vinegar and ginger dumplings (duh), the pork belly bao and the DIY pulled pork pancakes. All of which were so good the topic of conversation shifted to solely focus on “how bomb” everything was. The dumplings come topped with fresh chilli, herbs and a zesty dipping sauce. A word of warning though, these things go quickly so get in fast. It really is every man for himself when share plates are involved. The pork belly bao was delightful: perfectly crispy pork belly, satay sauce and more fresh herbs. We recommend ordering a few of these as, despite being on the share menu, there’s only one bao to a serve. The pulled pork pancakes went down a right treat, too. There’s something so cathartic about eating under the stars and assembling your own food… or is that just me? Either way these were delicious and are definitely something to write home about.
A few beers later we realised we wanted more. Enter: two orders of the chicken ribs and—surprise, surprise—more bao. If you’re yet to experience the magic of chicken ribs we feel bad for you son. They’re, according to this writer, better than chicken wings. This is a huge call; we know, but when places like Hello Please get them so right it makes it that much easier to argue our case. TLDR; order the chicken ribs for Pete’s sake.
Bahn Mi and a chicken pho also take their rightful place on the menu, as do rice paper rolls and delightful looking coconut salad. But, as our stomachs two servings and many, many servings of bao later can attest, we weren’t really in the right state to trial these offerings. But for the sake of journalism, we’ll be back.
Long story short, we’re very, very pleased that Hello Please now calls Brisbane home.
For the location, opening hours, and all the details, check out Hello Please on our directory.
Image credit: Yaseera Moosa