Vegetarian Vietnamese food restaurant, linked to local Buddhist temple. Offers many mock meats. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Vietnamese, Asian
94 Hopkins Street, Footscray
Footscray, Victoria VIC 3011
03-9689-9909
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Mon-Thu 10:00am-7:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:00am-8:00pm, Sun 10:00am-7:00pm

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First Review by Broomer
vegan mikal
vegan mikal
  • vegan
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+201

Cheap and cheerful

3
Posted on 01 / 09 / 2014

The recently refreshed interior of Bo De Trai does make for a very welcome change from the drabness and peeling paint of days gone by. The place is now bright and welcoming!

The menu seems to be shorter than it used to be, but it does come with sufficient choices of mock meat dishes, tofu, and veggies. The prices are mostly on the low side, so diners should not expect outlandish portions or rare ingredients.

We came here for a quick lunch. Our orders were delivered promptly, though one dish came about 5 minutes ahead of the other two. Our waitress did not speak sufficient English to explain to us what some menu items contained; suffice to say that if this sort of thing bothers you, then give Bo De Trai a miss.

The food was plain yet tasty. Lunch portions are generally not massive, but we left happy - and with little damage to the hip pocket.

Pros: Upbeat interior, Reasonable portions, Great value for money
Cons: Staff may not speak English, Simple fare
Tiggy
Tiggy
  • vegan
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+510

Good, reliable vegan Vietnamese food

3
Posted on 12 / 08 / 2013

I've been going to this place for years (as it's in my neighbourhood) and never written a review of it. I went in this weekend and was surprised to find they had transformed the colour scheme (mint green with pink trim), so I figure it might be a good time to write one now. This place is no-frills operated by volunteer Buddhists and reasonably priced. My staple here (apparently shared with a lot of others) is the (savoury and aromatic) wonton soup with noodles. Contrary to a previous reviewer, I prefer the yellow noodles myself. (Don't worry, vegans, I checked and they're not egg noodles.) This place is largely vegan except for a few milky coffees and desserts from what I can see. There is a fairly extensive menu but some dishes are better than others and mock meats feature strongly. Anything with tofu, mushroom or satay generally hits the spot for me. Beware of gluten and nuts if these are an issue. Servings of steamed rice are sizeable. Most dishes seem to be pre-made and simply put together before serving (sometimes involving a microwave FYI if this matters to you). Some staff don't speak English or speak it as a second language, so if, like me, you don't speak Vietnamese, you may need to point to the menu or use other modes of communication. As soon a you walk in and sit down you will be greeted with a menu and a complimentary flask of barley tea. My next step is usually to order a serve of spring rolls. This is a place to come for a good, cheap meal and will continue to be a regular haunt for me.

Pros: Largely vegan, Extensive menu, Reasonably priced
Cons: Dietary requirements not noted
SimoneTracey
SimoneTracey
  • vegetarian
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+58

Transports You to a Monastry Restaurant in Vietnam

4
Posted on 11 / 10 / 2013

This place is not flash. However, it's an authentic Vietnamese culinary experience complete with temple musice in the background. I am not super fond of mock meat so I love ordering the wanton soup. This consists of a generous portion of fried wontons, bean sprouts, flat rice noddles (make sure you get the white flat noodle option) soaking in a fragrant spicy broth. So nurturing...



Aloo
Aloo
  • vegan
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+382

Hmm Asian style

4
Posted on 09 / 12 / 2010

I like this place. Staff are friendly, plenty on the menu and the food is nice. What more could you want?

Pros: price
KingKong
KingKong
  • vegetarian
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+88

Great noodles

3
Posted on 06 / 14 / 2010

I'd try and go during the beginning or middle of the lunar month. Mainly cuz of the specials. Still, during the week they do good noodles and the ginger chicken rice is a bit of a quilty pleasure for me.
Price isn't bad. Come here for the food.
Try their lamb hot pot.
Affliated with the local Buddhist temple.

Pros: Food, Price, Location
vegiemelb
vegiemelb
  • vegetarian
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+68

A bowl of pho for Chinese New Year

4
Posted on 02 / 14 / 2010

Went to Bo De Trai in Footscray yesterday for Chinese New Year. There was a chef's special for pho, which is not on the menu and I have never seen offered before. It was delicious, the contents such as some fungus, yam and other faux meats all having their own texture and taste. The pho came with bean sprouts and mint, but I thought they could have supplied more sprouts from my experience of the usual serving size. Someone else said it was a bit salty but enjoyed the dish and ate it all except for finishing off the broth.

Also had a side dish of dumplings which were also delicious and I was happy to have for the first time (I don't think they are on the menu but someone else asked for them), but I thought maybe the spring rolls are better value as they come with lettuce leaves and mint along with dipping sauce.

Delicious food enjoyed in a happy environment on a special day of the lunar calendar.


Broomer
Broomer
  • vegetarian
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+20

Good for food

4
Posted on 07 / 23 / 2009

If you've got a craving for Vegetarian Bo, this is the place. In fact, it might be the only place. Regardless, it's a bit of an instituation.

I go every weekend. Food and pricing is good.

I recommend trying their Bo Hue. Lamb pot isn't bad either.

The restaruant is supported by/supports the local Buddhist temple.

Pros: Food, Price, Location
Cons: Ambience

 

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