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Hawker Boys

8.9/10
129
85 Hardware Lane, 3000 Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price $20

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $20
Special vietnamese fried rice
$23
Pork or Tofu
Traditional vietnamese slaw goi
$17.5
Chicken or Crispy Tofu
Vietnamese coconut chicken curry
$24

Dietary options

Gluten free

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Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous

8.9/10
based on 129 reviews
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Quality of food :9.2/10
Service :8.8/10
Setting :8.4/10
  1. Mat d.
    Mat d.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Food was excellent, full of flavour. Meals came out quite quick, we'd definitely return. We chose to sit inside, there is outside seating on Hardware Lane but little chilly.

  2. Belinda M.
    Belinda M.
    • 21 reviews
    9.5/10

    First visit to this restaurant. Was during a quiet time but the staff were friendly and attentive and the food is amazing. Everything on the menu looks delicious and what we ordered was fresh and perfectly cooked. Even for take away, this is well priced. Can't wait to return and try the dinner menu

  3. Sue H.
    Sue H.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    The food is fresh and exiting. Don’t be afraid to try something unusual. A very satisfying meal. Loved the crunchy pancake with pork and prawn filling. Like a Vietnamese crepe.

  4. STEVEN W.
    STEVEN W.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Could not fault the food...it was spectacular. Light, fresh and filling too. Only down side was there was no music to create a better ambience and seated near the toilet exit (being critical). Otherwise, really enjoyed the food and Hanoi Hennesy! Will return!

  5. Patrick M.
    Patrick M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great food and service; fast, fresh and delicious.

  6. Elias S.
    Elias S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Best Vietnamese I’ve had in Melbourne. Great deals, super affordable. Staff were friendly and super quick. The location and vibe was also spot on ????

  7. Melissa G.
    Melissa G.
    • 4 reviews
    7.5/10

    Hawkers Boys is a basic restaurant with great food! The menu is simple, the staff are friendly and it's was nice to sit outside on a beautiful day.

  8. Evi L.
    Evi L.
    • one review
    9/10

    Great restaurant with super charming set up and vibe, the food was amazing and the staff were very sweet and helpful! Definitely recommend checking them out. When we went there were two large groups that were pretty noisy but the staff did their best

  9. Sian L.
    Sian L.
    • 12 reviews
    10/10

    Always great service and delicious food!

  10. Siobhan O.
    Siobhan O.
    • one review
    10/10

    We received excellent customer service. Our waiter was proactive, responsive and friendly. The food was delicious as well, highly recommend!

  11. Anne S.
    Anne S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Hawker Boys is a little gem. It’s a cosy restaurant in a laneway with a casual vibe and great service. We thoroughly enjoyed all the food starting with the dumplings and wontons. Surprisingly, the Vietnamese slaw and the two rice bowls dishes (curry chicken and pork belly) was actually too much food for lunch for the four of us! We will definitely be back for more.

  12. Arlene M.
    Arlene M.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Awesome food!

  13. Pam T.
    Pam T.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Very tasty, great flavours. Would recommend

  14. Shreya C.
    Shreya C.
    • one review
    2/10

    The customer service is really disappointing and rude. After 30 mins of ordering the mains- they tell us that they are out of chicken and we shall choose some other protein option or mend our ways out. This is not how restaurants or customer service works. You should be well known about your kitchen pantry and not be known about it 30 mins after accepting orders. During covid times when you have to make bookings in advance they expected us to find a table somewhere else at 9pm with the rudest customer service. Never going back to this place or recommending anyone else.

  15. Melanie D.
    Melanie D.
    • one review
    10/10

    Amazing service and amazing food. When Melbourne has only just come out of lockdown these guys are doing such a fabulous job! At the end they even asked us how was everything which you don't hear too much of these days - and apologised if there was any wait....It was so fast and the food was beautiful. Thank you Hawker Boys :)

  16. India Rose S.
    India Rose S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Both myself and my friend are gluten intolerant and the staff were so helpful and accommodating to make sure our meals were gluten-free and that they substituted where they could! Such lovely customer service! Also an amazing location!

  17. Adam B.
    Adam B.
    • one review
    10/10

    A great find, great service and the food was amazing!! The bao chicken was the bomb, the xah xah xah jug is a must and people need to try the mock duck!!!

  18. Simone A.
    Simone A.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    This place has a cafe vibe but with restaurant quality food. We all had different meals and every single dish was amazing. My favourite was the spicy chicken bao but the dumplings were a close second. Would definitely return. Great value for money too.

  19. Brett S.
    Brett S.
    • one review
    10/10

    The restaurant staff were attentive and very friendly. The food was excellent especially the fresh market fish. Excellent value, great quality fresh food. Would recommend as a excellent choice to eat when in Melbourne.

  20. Renata S.
    Renata S.
    • 3 reviews
    7.5/10

    This restaurant is good for a low key, casual dinner. Service was a bit slow and the staff didn't seem to understand/speak English very well, which made it difficult to communicate at times.. But the food was tasty. The bao buns and steamed dumplings were delicious and full of flavour. I also tried the chicken vermicelli noodle salad which was nice and had a generous serving of chicken. Nothing spectacular, but this is a good solid restaurant option if you're looking for tasty Vietnamese.

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How to get to the restaurant

85 Hardware Lane, 3000, Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne City

About the restaurant

Located down Hardware Lane in Melbourne, Hawker Boys is the perfect spot for lunches with colleagues and dinners with friends. Hawker Boys’ fresh and authentic menus are inspired by Vietnam.

Be prepared to experience tasty drinks and exceptional food including lemongrass chicken, wontons in chilli oil and oreo fried ice cream. Go and experience this amazing Vietnamese restaurant for yourself- the hardest part will be choosing what to order!

Best Dish: Chicken Pho

Features

Asian, Noodle, , Cheap Eats, Christmas and New Year, Lunar New Year

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