Ph: (03) 9428 6850
Open: Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm
Not much has changed with Quan 88 in the decade I’ve been visiting for shared dishes with friends and family in a noisy, relaxed setting.
Since I live almost on its doorstep, Quan 88’s kitchen has supplemented ours, especially during recent kitchen renovations.
A combination vegetable and beancurd ($10.50) has been a regular takeaway order, to the point where I’ve overdosed on it’s goodness.
Well it was months since I’d dropped into Quan. My sister was craving Vietnamese, and being tied to her six month old baby and his wheels, a lunch session was going to work. Quan is surprisingly empty on a Monday lunchtime. So no problem with prams and a baby who has just found his vocal chords.
A pot of green tea was served up immediately by Quan's efficient waiting staff. There’s a lunch special of combination sizzling hot pot dishes at ridiculously cheap prices. ($7.50). A choice of chicken, pork or beef with Mongolian, sate, black bean, lemon grass, chilli, sweet and sour or oyster sauce on fried egg noodles, steamed or fried rice or vermicelli noodles seemed good value.
But we tucked into our favourite - vegetarian rice paper rolls. At Quan they are a crunchy mix of vegetables, herbs and vermicelli rice noodles wrapped in beautifully soft rice paper. They are super fresh, served with a tasty peanut dipping sauce. One serve costs $6.50 for six.
The rice paper rolls became our main meal as we tucked into a second serving. The crunchy vegetables contrast beautifully with the soft rice paper.
We then got stuck into a serve of grilled chicken with lemongrass and chilli ($12) on a sizzling hot plate. Not bad. It was tasty, powerfully aromatic and filling.
Quan is BYO and accepts bookings, which are recommended for large groups. It has daily specials, and a very extensive menu with all the Victoria St favourites: salt and pepper squid, sang choi bao and fried combination seafood egg noodles to name a few.
But it's the rice paper rolls we love. And we returned the next week for more, shirking the rest of an extensive menu. We found consistent good quality and freshness.
7.5/10 (but 10/10 for the rice paper rolls!!)