The Vietnamese connection with the suburb of Richmond is deeply rooted. Since an influx of people from Vietnam settled in Richmond in the 1970s, the tradition of Vietnamese cuisine has become a defining staple of the local food culture ever since.

At Nhan Ngai, they continue this tradition daily. Formerly a small coffee shop, the building was recently converted into a Vietnamese restaurant. Owner of ‘Nhan Ngai’ Duy Nguyen strives to ensure that the food he grew up on and loved as a child is available to the people of Richmond, with their store motto being ‘from our home-town streets to you’.

Richmond and Swan St in particular has become famous as a prime destination for the best Bahn Mi (Vietnamese style rolls) in Melbourne with Nhan Ngai no exception. Locals can be seen lining up outside the door onto the street daily, eager to get their hands on a delicious BBQ pork or NN grilled chicken bahn mi.

Available for only $8 a piece, these delicious baguette style rolls jam packed with fresh Vietnamese flavours are an ideal option for a late breakfast or lunch, and the crowds that flock to Nhan Ngai are testimony to that fact.

Bahn mi is far from the restaurant’s only drawcard, however, as their traditional renditions of Pho, (available with either beef or chicken) are equally as mouthwatering and popular. Numerous flavours of rice paper rolls, Vietnamese iced coffee and goi viet salads are also available at Nhan Ngai.

Situated in the heart of the Swan St food district, between the bridge and Church St, Nhan Ngai is both a delicious and an affordable option, ideal for your work lunch break.