The Vietnamese Down Under (Magpies City Club Canberra)

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Tucked away downstairs under the Magpies City Club in Canberra is Vietnamese Down Under. This place has had a few different incarnations, most recently as “The Underground”. It’s easy to miss it unless you’re a Garema Place regular and/or you notice the bright red A-frames in Bunda Street (next to Gus’s cafe) or in Garema Place near the Magpies Club Entrance.

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If like me you’re normally staring at your phone while you walk, you could be forgiven for walking straight past and not noticing the front door.

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Come on inside! Don’t be put of by the 70s-style club decor of the majestic stair case. Think how much easier it is to clean after a big Saturday night!

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Personally I think there are more attractive community club venues in Civic (The City Labor Club in City Walk and Hellenic Club on Mort St for example, both of which also have awesome lunch specials) but variety is the spice of life! And how many other tasty and affordable Vietnamese restaurants in Canberra also serve schooners of beer at club prices? None!

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The menu on the wall reveals a large array of Vietnamese favourites at affordable prices.

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I have been here a few times and can attest that the $10 pho soup is quite good. Particularly on cold wintery Canberra days when you want a warmer and quieter lunch venue well away from the wind!

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The service is good and fast and I will be back for more. For taste and value the Vietnamese Down Under gets Three Canberra Beanies!

Cheers!

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