Warming up the winter days with this beef stew from VicPies

VicPies Cairnlea

VicPies Cairnlea Town Centre
Cnr Furlong Rd and Cairnlea Dr, Cairnlea

When it gets to cold outside and I feel too lazy to cook or drive anywhere, or I simply need some Viet food in my life, the family and I head straight next door to our local! – VicPies in the Cairnlea Town Centre. I’ve posted about this place before where I gushed about their amazing vanilla slice (see here).

Now that the winter chill is upon us it’s got me craving this pot of warm bo kho with big chunks of meat accompanied by fresh crusty bread.

We ordered:
– Vietnamese-style beef stew with bread $12

Service:
Friendly. The regular coffee maker always says hi to us and Mr D 🙂

Ambience:
Casual cafe with indoor and outdoor seating – I wonder when they’re going to take all those Christmas ball decorations down from the ceiling though!

Details:
When you first see VicPies you can be forgiven for thinking it’s just your average bakery selling pies, slices and coffee. As you approach you’ll see menu items posted on the windows and inside behind the counter showing breakfast options like eggs Benedict and popular Vietnamese dishes including pork crackling Viet rolls! 🙂

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Vanilla slice, slice baby

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VicPies Cafe, Shop 6, 100 Furlong Road, Cairnlea

Maybe they should change the name of the store from VicPies to VicRice or something along those lines because after eating lunch here with fellow blogger Consider the Sauce, hubby and I are hooked! – only it’s not their pies that have made our lunch dates there a favourite – we are loving their Vietnamese rice dishes and ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee)! Oh and also their homemade vanilla slices (only $2.80!) 🙂

Even though it looks a little confused with lunch dishes printed on paper and stuck to the windows and then pies and coffee on offer in the display unit, I guess that’s the charm of this local cafe. VicPies is not at all pretentious – they offer friendly service and fabulous food at reasonable prices – that’s a winner in my books! The dishes are served with lots of tender meat and veggies and even though they don’t have highchairs available, VicPies is pram friendly 🙂

Our favourites are the beef claypot, pork chop and broken rice with fried egg and the beef stew, and of course the smooth vanilla slice. What are your favourite local eats!?

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