For pho-nomenal Vietnamese cuisine in Melbourne, head north to Bundoora!Melburnians are picky when it comes to Asian and Vietnamese cuisine. If you’ve scoured Melbourne’s Vietnamese hubs in Richmond and Footscray and think you’ve found the perfect pho or balanced bánh mì, think again. 16km north of the CBD is a gem of a Vietnamese restaurant going by the humble name of Hill Cafe, close to the UHFO retail centre and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. You’ll be amazed by the incredibly affordable and authentic Vietnamese and Southeast Asian street food snacks and classics on offer – just one visit to Hill Cafe’s comfortable premises down Ormond Boulevard and you’ll be a convert. A jealously guarded secret in Bundoora, you’ll need an advance reservation!See below for directions to Hill Cafe and the restaurant’s sublime banqueting menus!
Led by a Vietnamese-French chef, who brings years of cooking and travelling experience to the kitchen, Hill Cafe offers Melbourne unfamiliar flavours and comforting classics at the restaurant’s premises on Ormond Boulevard. Its location just steps from the RMIT University Bundoora Campus makes it a popular hit with local students, as well as phonatics from across the city.Getting there
Hill Cafe is located at 12 Ormond Boulevard in the northern Melbourne suburb of Bundoora, just a few minutes walk from RMIT Bundoora Campus West and the Uni Hill Factory Outlets complex.
From Docklands and Melbourne city via La Trobe University the easiest route is tram route 86 all the way north to the Bundoora RMIT terminus. Alight and head east down Ormond Boulevard.
You can hop on the tram and get to Hill Cafe from the CBD, Collingwood, Fitzroy North, Northcote and Thornbury. Melbourne's Hill Cafe provides a unique, family-friendly atmosphere that’s perfect for introducing the little ones to the wonders of the Vietnamese Kitchen. Favourites on the menu include the bahn mi, an example of Vietnamese and French fusion in the form of traditional Vietnamese meats and ingredients stuffed into a warm French baguette, the ba la lot (betel leaf wraps), the salt & pepper calamari and of course, the pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup that’s soul-satisfying and delicious. Don’t even think of leaving Hill Cafe without dessert – the fried ice cream is out of this world! Book ahead to avoid queuing at this lovely Bundoora establishment. Banqueting at Hill Cafe
Check out Hill Cafe’s lavish banqueting options, ideal to get to know this trending Melbourne Southeast Asian restaurant’s famous Vietnamese food!
Slow-Cooked Traditional Vietnamese Banquet
Three entrees, three main courses and dessert for just $50 per adult, $25 for each guest aged from 5 to 12, free for kids under 4!
Note: only available on Monday and Tuesday | Min. four people | Bookings must be made 2 days in advance!
The Starter – $40
The perfect primer with three entrees, five main courses and three desserts.
The Hill – $45
Ramp up with this Vietnamese banquet consisting of three entrees, six mains, and four desserts.
Awesome Mix – $50
A premium banqueting option with three entrees, six mains, and four desserts.
Ocean of Love – $55
Hill Cafe’s supreme Southeast Asian seafood banquet. Three entrees, six mains, and five desserts.
Note: min. four people.
Just keeps getting better. Friendly staff, great food and an excellent wine choice. Good place to drop in for a coffee and a quick snack.
Upbeat atmosphere and very clean restaurant. Staff very polite and helpful. We didn't know what to choose from the menu so the owner (I think he was the owner anyway) recommended a variety of dishes which were all great.
A friend and I shared the duck pancake and the stir fried noodles and both were delicious. The restaurant was clean and the service was prompt.