Viet Hot Pot and BBQ, 6/68 Hopkins Street, Footscray. Phone: 8578 1763
This interesting new addition to the Footscray scene is at the parking lot right at the end of Hopkins Street, facing Franco Cozzo and Centrelink.
It’s an unlovely location; a couple of previous businesses here made little impression, with vast interior of the room seeming rather gloomy.
The new owners/proprietors are trying very hard to make it otherwise, with a substantial makeover finding the space much brighter and livelier.
As for food, well they’re keeping their bases covered there, too.
Yes, as the name implies, there’s hot pot and Viet-style BBQ.
But for lunch there’s a $15 line-up of pho and hi tieu soup noodles
And there’s even a short list of Viet-meets-West steak, chips and salad, mostly also priced at $15.
We leave the BBQ option – which appears to operate in the same fashion as the excellent Phi Phi 2 in St Albans – for another time, presumably a night visit when we’re prepared to spend a bit more freely than for a quickie mid-week lunch.
We – CTS Thing 1 and Thing 2 and our good pal Justin – go instead for the lunch deal on the hot pot buffet.
This costs $32 per head for dinner, $35 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights – and $25 for lunch.
We figure, or hope, this will be a tasty bargain.
So it proves to be – though we have a few quibbles.
The way this works here is a new one for me.
They use a conveyor belt – familiar from the sushi trains around Melbourne – to deliver the hot pot items.
Each diner has their own adjustable hot plate, on which is placed their soup of choice.
I go for the spicy. It has the same deep and mysterious seasoning I am familiar with from other hot pot joints, but is only mildly spicy.
Justin and Bennie go for the laksa and enjoy it.
We are also provided our own individual bowls of seafood – a couple of good-sized prawns, a won ton, a scallop and a big chunk of blue swimmer crab. The crab and prawns are pre-cooked, but still good.
From there, it’s on to the very many conveyor belt goodies.
There’s green veg of various kinds, as well the likes of corn.
Straight-ahead meat is down to sliced beef and pork.
There’s fungus of several varieties.
There’s surimi of various shapes and sizes.
There’s more seafood – I find the mussels, which look like they may be chewy monsters, are actually nicely tender; and the small pipis are good, too.
There are many things that appear to be starchy and carby.
And there is offal.
Because when it comes to many of the offerings – notably those of what we presume are of the starchy, carby and gutsy variety – we are very much left wondering.
We ask for help, but not even the staff member who appears to be the floor manager offers much by way of enlightenment.
This is a bit disheartening.
Justin is his usual affable self; Bennie is still practising his serial killer stare. Kudos, though, for his laksa-proof attire.
But we do eat well and very affordably.
Though the overall impression is of quality that’s not quite up there like a more ritzy, and pricey, hot pot night out on the town.
But that’s what you get for $25.
And I have more than enough confidence in the adaptability of Vietnamese cooking to be looking forward to trying one of this place’s steak ‘n’ chips meals.
Looks like fun. Do you know if any of the soup bases are vegetarian?
Hi Faye! No, not sure about that. You’d have to ask. Though presumably the laksa and spicy we had, and also the tom yum, are likely to be so. But obviously not the chicken or seafood!
Did the Indian restaurant disappeared?what is the problem with that location,it has good parking and close to intersection!
And Hashim, what’s the issue with Gordon Street near Ballarat Road? Not much seems to take off there.
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At least one of the Gordon St places does good delivery trade, I’ve heard. But a weird dynamic there, for sure!
Hi James ,yes nothing seem to work there toot,this Hopkins should be car dealershior mechanics all together,it almost feels dinning in Coles supermarket with people and cars moving back and forth,weird location to eat
Agree big public parking movement not helping
James let’s play play wait and see,at least this Viet hot pot is trying a little harder to make it seem a dinning territory,good luck to them
Hi Kenny, did you see Lauren’s comment on a Gordon Street place a few years back
Yes. When she was around, she and I discussed Gordon St. And I have done so with many folks since then. One word: Murky. or so it appears …
Huxtaburger opening footscray or not?any info Kenny
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Yes, as far as I am aware. But the pseudo-hipster/branding exercise slogans on the windows will surely have the same affect on many as they have on me – revulsion.
interested hot it fits,the west has population and market.hope its for the west & not else where.
Kenny huxtaburger is also targeting the locals,nothing to worry my friend
Ha! There’s things to worry about in my life. Huxtaburger is definitely not one of them.
Huxtaburger are prepared to obsorb west culture into their image,any recommendations from west are welcome in including consider the sauce.
hope u are right,hope it sees the potential of west and it’s people.wish them well the huxtaburger
Hi hussen,huxtabueger is for all Melbourne,the west is our top priority,as it vibrant young population
I’m employee of huxtaburger,they really care about the west culture.
U are pushing it when u say ” u care about west”. Mr royal Somali for ur information the man behind consider The sauce is not in the dark about things https://m.facebook.com/littlegrowlingcafe/posts/198973093946330
Hussen, what are you talking about? That Facebook link has nothing to do with me!
Hussen plze drop media subject
Being mentioned& congratulated when it suits them doesn’t excite me,I’m not talking about huxtaburger in particular,it’s their procedures which has many question mark
Sorry, you’re not making any sense that I can see.
Including the business subject thanks hussen
Kenny that Facebook link has nothing to do with you,I was taking about in general how the west are interested by the big media when it fits the look and image they are looking for
OK – but that ground has been covered at length here on CTS and on the CTS FB pages in recent weeks.
So does the article in that link make sense to you Kenny and how they describe the west?
My feelings on the media and the west are well known. The problem is you haven’t posted a link to the Herald Sun story – you’ve posted a FB link that involves another western suburbs business and another western suburbs blogger/food writer.
Sorry I understand u now,my mistake.I was talking about the article
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Hear u hashim. thnks
Great post, unique concept! Also, Bennie’s shirt really is Laksa proof haha