To To is a traditional vietnamese restaurant and asian cuisine (as advertised on their sign) located on Albany Highway in East Victoria Park. It is fairly new and I remembered me and some friends were quite excited to discover a vietnamese restaurant so near our church which is perfect for the afternoon lunch. This was because for more than a year we ate vietnamese nearly every single week at a restaurant called Phi Yen in Northbridge when our church was located in Subiaco so we got used to tucking in the ‘Pho’ or Broken Rice and was missing them since we moved location.
I quite like the decor in this restaurant, simple, modern and clean cut. Seating arrangements are compact as they try to squeeze as many tables and chairs into the restaurant as possible. They have some table booths on the side for a cozy meal and a fairly big counter towards the back. I like the traditional vietnamese paintings they hang on the walls too – they added to the overall atmosphere of the place!
This place is always packed on a Sunday afternoon and it’s not very easy to get a table especially if you have a large group. Having said that though, a good thing about this restaurant is their fast turnover – you only have to wait awhile and somehow an empty table will appear and you will be ushered in by the waitperson. I’d been here a few times and liked this place initially, however after a few rounds of bad service and bouts of having ‘to wait too long for the meal’, I haven’t been back since.
This time round my friend wanted to eat at this restaurant so I obliged. We had for lunch:
- Avocado Shake and Vietnamese Iced Coffee
- Mi Bo Kho ($9.50) – Braised Beef Egg Noodle Soup
- Pho Tai Bo Vien ($9.00) – Raw Beef & Beef Ball Rice Noodle Soup
The Avocado Shake turned out quite disappointing, alot of blended ice but not enough avocado in the mix so there was hardly any flavour. The Vietnamese Iced Coffee on the other hand tasted good as usual. I’d always wondered whether there is a secret recipe in making these vietnamese iced coffee. I bought a pack from Vietnam earlier this year with the whole mini filter and all but it still doesn’t taste the same as they would in a restaurant. What is the secret?
My friend had the Braised Beef Egg Noodle Soup and thought it was just average while I had the Pho which tasted great! There were generous amount of raw beef and beef balls in the dish. However, the big turn off was the long wait before the food arrived, and they almost forgot our drinks! Not the first time this had happened.
Overall, I thought this place served quite good food for a reasonable price but the service can be improved so much more. I’ve had poor service the last 2 – 3 times I was there and as the saying goes “Once bitten, twice shy”. I probably won’t be rushing to eat there again unless I was accompanying someone.
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 08 9355 2388
Address: 873 – 875 Albany Highway, Victoria Park