A short way off the busy section of Flinders Lane, Co Hanh invites diners on an odyssey of Vietnamese cuisine.
Since opening its glass fronted doors earlier in January this year, Co Hanh has been making waves amongst the foodies and lovers of Vietnamese food in Melbourne. Co Hanh does a separate lunch and dinner service, with the restaurant closing up shop in between to prepare for the dinnertime rush of corporate professionals and couples looking for a culinary adventure. The restaurant’s exterior is a contemporary construction of glass partitioned walls, with a red and white signage set above the entrance. Inside, stretch sofa booths, wooden tables and a length of L-shaped brushed steel bar offers a variety of seating options. Quirky vintage-style posters, red neon signage and a bustling open kitchen rounds off the décor.
The brainchild of serial restaurateurs Alan and Raymond, Co Hanh encapsulates the men’s obsession for Vietnamese food and culinary perfection. The duo is backed up by chef de parties Doan Nguyen and Dinh Ngo, rising stars who cut their teeth working in the kitchens of the city’s finest restaurants, rubbing shoulders with the city’s finest culinary maestros.
Old and New is the theme of the cuisine at Co Hanh. Traditional classics such as Pho, rice paper spring rolls and pork chop with broken rice grace the menu for the lunchtime hours. Come night time, contemporary twists on Vietnamese cuisine such as salted egg broccoli, crispy sweet potato fries and dessert burger duo reigns supreme. For large groups looking for something different, Co Hanh offers BBQ banquets for their dinner service. Choose from chicken, lamb, pork, beef and various fresh-caught seafood and pair them up with sides of greens such as lettuce cups, pickled carrots, woven vermicelli and rice paper sheets, grab a few jugs of beer and get the party started.
While the menu is full of delightful and delicious inspirations, the go-to items we would pick out in a pinch are the shaking beef rice and Co Hanh signature wings. Premium scotch fillet beef marinated in soy and garlic is seared to tender and crisp perfection, paired with a generous mound of tomato-infused rice topped with a sunny side up egg, a splash of spring onion infused oil and a side of sautéed green and red peppers. A squeeze of lemon ties up the dish, cutting through the delightful sweet and nutty medley of flavours. Co Hanh’s signature wings is an interesting take on the fried chicken genre. Crisp batches of fried chicken wings are coated in a delightfully moreish and umami sticky glaze which elevates the humble classic. For avid fans of fried chicken, Co Hanh offers variety of glazes aplenty, perfect to pair with Vietnam’s famed 333 for chicken and beer night.
348 Flinders Lane
T: (+61) 3 9629 7080
Prices $$ (fair)
Cuisine Traditional and modern Vietnamese
Verdict The food is very good indeed. A tip off by chef Nguyen reveals that the house signature Pho trumps the lot, another visit is on definitely on the cards.