Dong Ba is spreading like wildfire, there’s two branches specialising in Bun Bo Hue noodles and one in Bankstown. Now they’ve just opened a new restaurant, the third Dong Ba in Cabramatta. This one claims to offer more general Vietnamese food.
When noodlies Sydney food blog tried it recently, we found the menu selection, well, very broad, they still have the single serve dishes like pho, com tam, mi, but added to that are mainly seafood dishes that you order for a family meal.
My bun cha goi (vermicelli noodle with spring rolls) was a decent size and the wrapper on the spring rolls more traditional, they puff instead of brown. Everything was there, but it didn’t soar for me.
Walter’s com tam (broken rice) was much more successful, lovely marinated pork, the egg running, exactly the way I like it!
It can be challenging moving from a specialist restaurant to a generalist model and it shows, at this Dong Ba, it can be a hit and miss affair.
The latest Dong Ba is located on the busy John and Hill street corner and replaces the now defunct My Thuan restaurant.
Dong Ba Restaurant
117 John Street, Cabramatta
(02) 9727 4822
07/08/12, 20% off Opening at corner of John and Hill st Cabramatta. No waiter at the front leading to place to sit down. I was told 3 colour sweet would be 30mins late and “still has a chance” which I cancelled, 2 pennywort drink with more than half glass of ice arrived after asking where is it, 20mins after meals served. Combination Hot Pot has no juice at all, looks like bunch of stuff microwaved steamed with no flavour. Rice bowls are plastic, no chopsticks on my table (had to take from the next table). The ceramic hot pot bowl has a broken handle. In the end they try to overcharge stating “20% off only for main meals”, nowhere in the large banner stating otherwise. One of the worst experience of Vietnamese Restaurant in Cabramatta.
During the chinese new year my family went there to eat.The Dong Ba on John Street .we ordered 3 dishes and 2 ice tea…we waited very long finally got our food because it was busy…we waited and waited told the waiter we were waiting very long for our ice tea..the waiter said ok after we finish eating still there was no ice tea even though we told the waiter and the waitress many times…we finally finish eating then we had to pay for it…the price on the menu was $10 for the spicy noodle,$10 for the pork chop with rice and about $12 for the seafood crispy noodle..so all together the bill was $32…the old lady came to give me the bill said $36..I said why i did not get my drink she then said it was chinese new year then the price has gone up..i said but it is not written anywhere in the shop..if the price has change u should display a sign she said it will go back to normal after new year…i was very angry and dissapointed that they would use that chinese new year excuse just to raise the price……but this did not happen only once….after new year my husband came to eat the spicy beef noodle it is suppose to be $10 she charge my husband $14 and it tasted sour like very old soup that has gone off so my husband just had one taste and left the shop never to eat there ever again…..It was just a couple of dollars we did not want to argue about the money but i can not beleive how they can still run their business. Council should have a look at the kitchen to see if its clean…..I would strongly not recommend anyone to coime here to eat ever…..