Fancy grabbing a banh mi in a carpark at South Bank? Well, now you can. Hello Please has set up shop in Fish Lane, though they're not letting the increasingly busy and crowded nature of the popular area get in their way. Instead, they've plonked down a container, carved out their own space adjacent to Maker, Gauge and Julius Pizzeria, and started serving up crowd-pleasing Vietnamese dishes.
You could say that makes Hello Please a bit of a hidden gem, though it won't stay that way for long. The new venture from The Stables Craft Bar and Kitchen owner Daniel Ward and seasoned hospitality professional Maris Cook brings the casual, quaint, high-quality style of Melbourne's street-focused haunts Saigon Sally and Kong BBQ to Brisbane.
Food-wise, that means quick, consistent, fresh and affordable options like bao, dumplings and rice-paper rolls from an evolving but flavour-filled menu, with dinner selections designed with matching cocktails in mind. If you're dining by day, expect it to be a speedy affair. If you're eating in the evening, two sittings will be available.
A focus on swiftness and structure in getting everyone in and out reflects the small size of the restaurant, which accommodates 30 people at the bar and another 60 in the outdoor eating area. Murals by local artist Drapl give the place the requisite laidback feel — and, let's face it, who doesn't want to relax over a bite to eat and a few beverages in a space that just would've remained empty and unused otherwise?