Hello, is it Vietnamese cuisine you’re looking for? Fish Lane has you covered with the opening of shipping-container eatery Hello Please.
Daniel Ward, the man behind Stables Craft Bar and Kitchen in Ascot, has teamed up with hospitality veteran Maris Cook to bring Vietnamese eatery Hello Please to South Brisbane.
The treats are cooked up inside the shipping container opposite Maker and Julius Pizzeria, and served to diners sitting outside at picnic tables beneath festoon lighting and murals by local street artist Drapl (the same man responsible for that Libby Lenton mural we told you about last week).
Inspired by the likes of Melbourne’s Saigon Sally and Kong BBQ, and LA’s EP Eating House, it seats up to 90 people (60 in the outdoor dining area and 30 at the bar), and is shooting for a fun and casual vibe.
“We’re bringing a new style of Vietnamese cuisine to this side of the River,” Cook says. “Hello Please is all about serving consistent, high-quality street eats that are good for the soul.”
The brief is fresh, affordable and healthy food with maximum flavour, and signature dishes include bao, dumplings, rice-paper rolls and banh mi. Lunch will comprise of a shorter menu focusing on speedy service for the corporate and local resident lunch crowd, while dinner will focus on plates to share.
“Our food will be like the space — packed and big on flavour,” Cook says. “Fresh-made dumplings and bao will be the daily temptation. The menu will evolve as our kitchen team find their feet, experiment with flavours and no doubt will also be determined by what the customers are enjoying most. We want people to feel comfortable to order and take-away while they’re on the go or stay a while.”
A rotating selection of three to four cocktails, and a wine list Cook promises will “punch above its weight”, will be paired with the menu.
“As we settle into our South Brisbane digs we’ll look to showcase winemakers and producers from other regions to give our customers a good representation of what is happening in the industry further south.”
Hello Please is located in Fish Lane, South Brisbane, adjacent to Julius, Maker and Gauge, and is open from midday ’til late, Tuesday to Sunday.