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First comes the Miss Van’s pop-up, then comes a whole new restaurant.
Andrew Duong has a rusted-on following across the city for his simple, yet innovative Vietnamese food.
From his Miss Van’s shipping container at the now-defunct Westside Acton Park site, to helping set up Lazy Su and Baby Su, Andrew has always stayed true to the core concept of Vietnamese hospitality.
And now, he is ready to welcome devoted diners back into his kitchen.
We can’t give away all the details right now, but a new Miss Van’s Restaurant is being built in Civic as we speak. And after a few months focussed on the nuts and bolts of setting up a new eatery, Andrew wants to get back behind the stove.
His good mates over at Church, Brock Dunn and Nick Mico, are handing him the keys to their own baby, Church Neighbourhood Goods in Odgers Lane, for a pop-up Vietnamese takeover on Sunday 16 May.
Andrew will be pumping out pork bánh mì, tofu bánh mì, his nan’s chicken coconut noodle soup and Vietnamese iced coffee. Miss Van’s chilli oil jars will also be for sale.
It promises to be a no-fuss take-over, where people can find a table or spill out into the laneway where basketball hoops will be set up for those inclined to play. Kids are welcome.
For Brock and Nick, it is a fun way to draw a crowd into the space and the start of what they hope is a series of pop-ups and activations in Odgers Lane.
For Andrew, it’s a chance to give diners a taste of what is coming in June.
A second-generation Australian born to Vietnamese-Lao refugee migrants, Andrew has worked in kitchens, restaurants and bars since an early age, committing to a career in hospitality shortly after completing his degree. He has not looked back.
“I am so excited to be opening the new place, I feel refreshed and invigorated after a bit of a break and I am working to create something which I hope will become a Vietnamese institution in Canberra.”
“I don’t want it to be flashy, I want it to stay true to the core Vietnamese values of good food, good drink and friendly service. I want to keep it simple.”
“The pop-up will be a bit of a taste of what’s to come and a fun way to spend a Sunday”.
Feature image: 5 Foot Photography
What: Miss Van’s Church Takeover
Where: 22 Odgers Lane
When: 16 May 2021