Coming from Melbourne’s central suburbs, you likely have a rough idea of what you want to find when venturing to Footscray’s unofficial Little Vietnam and the amazing web of Chinese eateries. Used to hipster modern-Asian-fusion joints in the city, where decor, drinks service and playlist have as much emphasis as the food, Lucky 8 Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant on Hopkins Street may be just what you’re hoping for. It’s humble and understated, it’s not flashy, and rather than menu descriptions and talkative staff, only the food tells you that these guys are legit. Lucky 8 is an old school Asian restaurant, dishing up food like mothers have done for generations, according to traditional recipes and using only good ingredients selected by Lucky 8’s experienced chefs. The result is a memorable meal of noodles, Chinese dumplings, Vietnamese soups, meat, seafood, desserts and an authentic atmosphere that may mean this isn’t the last time you trek to Footscray to feed your Asian cravings.