Co Do was one of the first restaurants we went to when we first arrived and I remember enjoying it but then we ended up discovering pho at I Love Pho and roast duck at Pacific House so it was easily forgotten.
But recently I've been enjoying Viet style pork chop on rice and after an ok offering at Xeom and a favourite at Hao Phuong in Footscray, I'm keen to find a good place North of the river.
It's reasonably busy but easy to find a table and there are a few group tables of friends and family digging in. Interestingly, they're all eating pho...
The spring rolls arrive quickly and they're hot, crispy and tasty. Good start! The plates of pork arrive soon after and it's not as impressive looking as Footscray's offering. I think an oval dish always looks more generous and the Footscray version manages to get the pork really golden whereas this was less glistening but it's all about the taste right.
It's actually deceiving because the food is piled up so there's more there than meets the eye. There's the shredded pork and vermicelli, some meatloaf and two good pieces of pork as well as the ubiquitous pickles and fried egg. Flavour wise it's good. The pate flavour is quite strong but not off putting and the pork chops whilst not crispy is more tender and braised style but I like it all.
And the stuffed chicken wings are delicious too. Thin crispy skin, boneless and stuffed with a pork mince mixture that is punchy and spicy they're pretty rich and hefty but yummy. One is enough though!
This is a good family style all rounder for Vietnamese food I think and I don't think I'll leave it 4.5 years to return this time!