Just moments away from the frenetic traffic on busy Grey Street, Hello Please fills a backyard courtyard opening onto Fish Lane with all the atmosphere of Asian-style street food.
Home to Julius Pizza, Maker and Gauge, Fish Lane in South Brisbane has quickly developed a quirky personality and a reputation as a dining destination worth exploring.
Hello Please comes from Maris Cook and Daniel Ward from Stables Craft Bar and Kitchen in Ascot. Cook is aiming to serve up consistently high quality, affordable and healthy Vietnamese street eats laced with maximum flavour.
Twinking lights, long tables with bench seats and a mural by local street artist Drapl combine to create a friendly dining space.
The tight menu includes pork belly bao ($7 each), black vinegar and ginger dumplings (four for $13), spring rolls (four for $16), coconut and chicken salad ($15) and banh mi at lunch time. The do-it-yourself pulled pork pancakes came with four small pancakes ($18).
|Pork belly bao|
|Black vinegar and ginger dumplings|
|Coconut and chicken salad|
Check the blackboard for the cocktail specials but the wine list has a reasonable selection of interesting options.
There's plenty of seating with 30 spaces at the bar and 60 in the outdoor dining area, and plans for two sittings a night. Bookings are available.
EdbK rating: 3 out of 5. Food with good Asian flavours at the buzzing end of Fish Lane.
Best tip: This is mainly an outdoor venue best in good weather conditions.
Bottom line: Hello Please is delivering on taste but needs to work on affordability as street food is by definition well priced. Portion size and price need better balance here.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK paid for her meal.