Healthy Eating

After fresh ideas for meals that are healthy but still pack a flavour punch? We've got salads and vegetable-packed bowls to soups and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 23rd August, 2017 and receive a free copy of The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Hot Plates: Hello Please, South Brisbane

Crisp Pork Belly Bao with Peanut Hoisin, Coriander and Cucumber

Crisp Pork Belly Bao with Peanut Hoisin, Coriander and Cucumber

It doesn't get much more casual than Vietnamese snacks eaten in the open air. Or, to be specific in this case, eaten in a laneway behind a repurposed shipping container in what used to be a car park. Even the gritty overhead train line off to one side somehow feels right. But ambience aside, it's the extras you don't encounter in every street-side joint that will encourage diners to say "xin chao" here more than once.

Seasoned staff ferry dishes promptly to communal picnic tables. There's drinks-of-the-day - a mandarin and Aperol-laced gin concoction say, or a lychee orange-blossom "Martini" - and decent glassware to hold them. Co-owner Maris Cook has put time in at Melbourne's Gingerboy and MoVida, and is a former manager at Woolloongabba favourite Pearl. Colleague Dan Ward is behind Ascot's The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen. Their care for detail is evident across the board. 

Hello Please exterior.

House-made sodas, bottles of 333 and cans of Bia Hanoi feature in tight drinks list, together with a couple of sparkling options - Cava Mas and Champagne Choisel, plus a handful of mostly Australian white and red offerings. The remaining choices on your placemat menu are equally succinct. You'll need to arrive at lunchtime for banh mi; together with a bowl of pho it's a combo worth leaving the office for. Rice noodles, bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint, coriander and slices of poached chicken float in the golden, aromatic chicken broth. Chicken appears again in the banh mi, with a robust chicken pâté, pickled cucumber, grated carrot and coriander. 

As the overhead festoon lighting sparks up, the focus switches to bar snacks - steamed bao and dumplings, salads, spring rolls and crisp chicken ribs. Hello? Please. 

Hello Please, Fish La, South Brisbane, Qld, helloplease.co; open Tues-Sun, midday − late.


Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
On the Pass: Fatuma Tikuye, Blue Nile
24.07.2017
Hot Plates: Hong Sa Bar, Yandina
20.07.2017
Mode Kitchen & Bar opens in Four Seasons Sydney
20.07.2017
Marta: New Roman dining in Rushcutters Bay
19.07.2017
Sydney chef Jeremy Strode dies
17.07.2017
Hot Plates: The Pot by Emma McCaskill, Adelaide
17.07.2017
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

You might also like...

Hot Plate: Face2Face Noodles, Sydney

Chinatown's new spicy Chongqing-styled noodle bar is complet...

Hot Plates: Higher Ground, Melbourne

The line between cafe and restaurant is blurred at the CBD’s...

Hot Plates: Shobosho, Adelaide

North Asia meets Australian barbecue at Shobosho, Adam Listo...

Hot Plates: 13 February 2015

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

L'Americano, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Estelle Bistro, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bang Street Food, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Minamishima, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Lilo Tang, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Mayflower Restaurant and Bar, Adelaide

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

The Vertue of the Coffee Drink, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Spirit House, Yandina, Qld

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bistro Nguyen's, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

University of Melbourne Farmers' Market

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Clayton Wells at LuMi

The pair join forces for Sunday lunches at LuMi.

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×