TRA VIHN: Banawe’s best kept secret Vietnamese restaurant!

How to describe my experience at Tra Vihn? Two Words –FOOD COMA

Last Saturday, I had the chance to visit Tra Vihn.  I haven’t been to Vietnam, but because of Tra Vihn, it gave me a stronger urge to visit the country since I did enjoy the authentic dishes that was served to us.

TRA VIHN; is a coastal province in Southern Vietnam and that’s where one of the owners’ wife is from and that’s why they decided to use it as their restaurants’ name. Another branch of Tha Vihn is in Perth, Australia, so if you’re visiting Australia, make sure to drop by their branch there! 🙂

Together with other food bloggers, we met one of the owners who had oriented us with their different dishes. He even asked us to get ready since they’ll be serving A LOT. And what he means by A LOT is almost everything on the menu!!!

If you’re wondering what has been served have a quick look of the photos below. I’ll let the photos speak for itself too:

Vietnamese Iced Coffee 100php 

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This one’s my favorite! I never thought  Iced Coffee would taste this good! This was first served to me when I arrived.  I always knew that coffee is one of the reasons to visit Vietnam and with this, I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

Vietnamese Hot Coffee 100php

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Prawn Pomelo Salad and Prawn Mango Salad 250php/each

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Freshly chopped vegetables with fresh prawns, fresh locally sourced green mango and/or pomelo, peanuts, herbs and spices. Served with Tra Vihn’s special dressing. We we’re thought on how to eat this one, it was said that at first it doesn’t include the chips/chicharon on side but a customer (correct me if I’m wrong) suggested that it’s best eaten with the chips.

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Prawn Pomelo Salad (Goi Buoi Tom)
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Prawn Mango Salad (Goi Xoai Tom)

Fried Spring Rolls 175php

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Prawn (Cha Gio Tom)
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Pork (Cha Gio Thit)
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Vegetarian (Cha Giio Rau Cal)

Fresh Spring Roll (Goi Cuon) – price varies on choice of stuffing

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Who wouldn’t be familiar with this Fresh Spring Roll? Tra Vihn serves this with peanut sauce together with your choice of stuffing inside; Special (Prawn and Pork) for 190php, Prawn for 180php, Pork for 180php and Vegetarian for 180php.

Phoritto – A Vietnamese Pho in a Buritto

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Vietnamese Pancake (Banh Xeo) 290php

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The size was just right for the price. I never thought that from the usual pancake I like eating, there’s a different version of it in Vietnam. At first I thought I didn’t want to try it because of all these “leaves”, but when I had my first bite, I just can’t stop. You wouldn’t even taste all the “leaves” because the pancake has a more powerful taste and I loved it!

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L – R: Tra Vihn’s Vietnamese Pomelo Citrus Drink, Soda Water with Lemon Juice and Tra Vihn’s Home Brew Vietnamese Iced Tea

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These drinks were just perfect after eating all those appetizers/entrees! They can be ordered with glass for 75php and pitcher as showing on the photo above for 150php.

After everything was served for the “Entree’s/Starters”, I was seriously full. Never thought will be moving to the next batch, which was the noodles:

Braised Beef Noodle Soup (Hu Tieu Mi Hoac Bun Bo Kho) 230php

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Braised Duck Noodle Soup (Mi vit Tiem) 240php

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Tra Vihn Special Noodle Soup (Hu Tieu Tra Vihn Dac Biet) – (R) 230php / (L) 299php

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Crab & Seafood Drop Rice Noodle Soup – (S) 198php / (R) 248php / (L) 328php

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Banh Tam Bi 225php

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This one’s a Southern Vietnamese dish of thick rice noodles, tossed with herbs and porks, drenched in thick coconut cream dressing and Tra Vihn sauce.

Spicy Combination Noodle Soup (Bun Bo Hue) – (R) 230php / (L) 299php 

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Combination Beef Noodle Soup (Pho Dac Biet) – (S) 180php / (R) 230php / (L) 299php

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Special Vietnamese Fish Soup (Canh Chua Ca) 999php 

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This one’s good up to 3 to 4 person

Ala Carte’s, Rice Dish & Extras:

Grilled Porkchop Rice (Com Tam Bi Suon Cha Trung) 180php

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Tra Vihn Special Fried Rice – (S) 70php / (Ala Carte) 240phpIMG_8634

Vietnamese Steamed Fish (Ca Hap) – (R) 899php / (L) 1,099php / (XL) 1,299phpIMG_8640

Crispy Salt and Pepper Fish (Ca Chien) 599phpIMG_8633Crispy Soft Shelled Crabs (Cua Lot Chien Bot) 799php

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Vietnamese Salt and Pepper Prawn (Tom Chien) 699phpIMG_8638

Lemongrass Pork (sa Thit Lon) 349php

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Desserts:

Special Mix Beans 120phpIMG_8645

Vietnamese Coffee Jelly 120phpIMG_8643

Dried Longgan with Lotus Seeds 120php

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Homemade Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream 120phpIMG_8641

Iced Chendol 120phpIMG_8647

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream 120phpIMG_8642

Jelly Longgan 120phpIMG_8644

Now you get why I described my experience with Tra Vihn as “FOOD COMA?” Everything just tastes good. Prices are super reasonable too, given the quality of food.

I enjoyed everything about Tra Vihn, the food, ambiance and even the staff are all friendly and attentive to our needs. This gave me more reason to visit Vietnam soon!

Curious on what else they offer? Check them here: Tra Vihn

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TRA VIHN
Address: Unit 3, 109 NS Amoranto Corner Cordillera Street, Maharlika, Quezon City
Contact Number: 742-1718
Open Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm Monday to Friday

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