Village People Hawker Foodhall

4.3
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$40 and under
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Asian
Think South-East Asian hawker market meets beer hall. Village People occupies level one of 127 Brunswick Street, where Arté Assavakavinvong (ex-Longrain) and his team serve a scaled-up mix of Laotian, Cambodian, Indian, Malay, Burmese and Thai flavours.

Our savvy bar staff have put together a tantalising list of cocktails inspired by South-East Asian and Japanese ingredients. We also offer a huge variety of Japanese and local tap and bottled beers alongside extensive spirit and wine lists to satisfy any palate. If you’re feeling peckish, sumptuous South East Asian treats can be ordered from Village People Hawker Foodhall, all to be soaked up in the ambience of the main bar or on the delightful outdoor terrace area with city glimpses.
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GF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for a group to dine and have fun!! The food, drinks and service were fantastic and the place was abuzz!!

VA
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing choice of food. We went with Banquet and enjoyed every single course. Only downside was it was too noisy in the internal sitting area. Beef which was the last course was dry. Apart from this enjoyed rest of the courses. Thank you.

MN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service! Will definitely be back

n
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food, presentation and authentic flavours. The waiter couldn't do enough for us. We added an additional 3 guests at no notice 2 of them children. He went out of his way to accommodate us. His service, attention to our needs and friendliness was world class (and I have eaten on most continents of the world!)

DP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were lucky, we went on Grand Final weekend and there was no crowd. Normally, we would have been asked to vacate the table after 1 hour and 45 minutes. We loved the food but will not be back on a normal weekend due to the time restriction. If there were no time restrictions, would be back in heart beat.

NW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, lovely food, friendly staff. Fitzroy's best kept secret.

NR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We weren’t served until 7:30 (after being seated at 6:15). We were then told they had booked the table for 8:15 so we had to be done and gone by then. Wouldn’t go again. Food wasn’t anything special and overpriced. Felt like it was get them in get their money and get them out.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic for group bookings. Awesome atmosphere, great service and incredible food. Thanks for looking after us and also accommodating the last minute changes on our end. Thanks for a great night and will be coming back very soon!

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue and amazing menu that caters really well for celiacs (perfect for me!). Our waitress was super lovely and engaging, very professional, and very knowledgable about the menu. Would definitely go again.

j
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was amazing, the server could read his table better. Overall an enjoyable experience

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and fantastic waiter

SG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food flavours. Pork hock was huge.

TS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food quality is spot on. Banquet isn’t good value - buy portions that you want

OR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

We were told at the end of our meal at 9.02 pm that the kitchen closed at 9.00pm. They didn’t let us know in advance that we had to order dessert with our main! Horrible service.

JM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff catered well to our large group of 10 people. Great selection of food, creating a banquet that suited our tastes. Well done!

RM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The manager deserves a pay rise! she was awesome and offered the best service

DA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service ambience and excellent food tastes

TW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out, thank you !!! We were really well looked after, all went perfectly

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food, very noisy though.
Requested outdoor seating upon booking. We were placed indoors, in the middle of a very noisy room. We asked the waitress if we could move to an outdoor/bar room table when one becomes available (where it was less noisy) and without even checking she immediately told us all the tables were full for the rest of the night. 30 minutes later I went to the bathroom and noticed majority of the outdoor/bar tables were empty. By now we had already started eating and was too late to move tables, not that the waitress let us know anyway.
Waitress was rude, inconsiderate and unhelpful.
Food was very tasty, recommend the Kao Pad rice. Good menu for vegan options.

SW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went to Hawkers for the first time to celebrate my birthday with a large group of friends and we were not disappointed. A very cool and moody interior topped of with delicious food and good service. Like many places they did not allow split bills which can make it a little inconvenient for larger groups but other than that a great dining experience and one that I would recommend highly to others.

SB
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Thank you Another great night

JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was sensational and the items the waiter suggested were exactly what we were after. The only issure we had with this restaurant were the chairs. They were so uncomfortable. It actually made sitting a chore. ,Maybe an upgrade is in order because everything else is spot on!

e
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place, great food. lovely staff. very accommodating. My friend is not a fan of asian food but by the end of the night she was converted. Fabulous

JN
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was exceptional. Great venue with a lot of character, vibe and atmosphere. The food was amazing and would definitely go back. Highly recommend.

TA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The value for money is not strong. Tiny food portions

G
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Team was very accommodating as we moved tables twice. Food was mostly pleasant but not that impressive, ie. Sticky rice was cold and dry.. told the staff but no reply/ follow up. Kingfish was great but overpriced. For hawker food i think menu selection could be more creative & better value.

RR
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to VPFH whilst visiting Melbourne from America. Brilliant food. Fantastic menu and great service. We would definitely return. Village People is one of our fav restaurants in the world. The flavors linger....brilliant

SA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meals here at Hawker. There’s a great selection to choose from and a large selection of cocktails and other drinks. The staff were very accommodating as we were allowed to stay well beyond our booking time, even though the restaurant was very busy.

PR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

the staff at this venue were lovely and very accommodating of us changing our table a few times. The food was good but very small portions for the price charged. Don't charge for a bit of extra sauce to put on plain rice.

SN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place & atmosphere was awesome. Food was absolutely amazing but a bit pricey.

MW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Food quality was fresh with fantastic flavours. Will come back again.

JV
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely meal here - I came because I did a vegan cooking class with (one of) the chef(s) here and the food was so good. We are vegan so it's great to have some delicious creative vegan fine dining in a lovely ambiance. Mocktails were a hit for me, as was the green curry.

I was surprised that the wait staff didn't try offer us the menu again for dessert so it felt like we were given a hurry up a little bit, and considering there was a lot of room in the restaurant, being directly next to another big table sitting, was a little bit intrusive. But otherwise an excellent experience.

ME
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went in for a late dinner, they were busy but there were empty tables next to us, we were seated just after 8pm, and at 8.50 we still didn't have table water let alone our order taken. We kept making eye contact with waitresses. One cleaned a table next to us but ignored me - we ended up walking out and no one notices. So if you want to pay well over $55 for bottles of wine, and $40 - $60 on dishes while sitting in a dark loud room that looks like a cheap tiki bar - then go here.

J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We visited here on Valentine’s Day.
We booked here but our table was in front of entrance.(many people walked through during we were eating)
But we enjoyed entree.It was so delicious!
And nice atmosphere.
After entree we had to wait for one hour because they forgot about us.
One hour later they served main food,but it was super difficult to eat,because the table was uneven!
When we cut a big pork(with bone),the table wobbled a lot.I had to hold water and beer when my bf cut pork.
Finally, when we paid,they charged extra $14.
We didn’t recognize it,because the cashier didn’t explain.After paid,I saw a reciept and recognized we paid $14 more.It was ok because they gave it back to us, but we had to wait because it was busy.
The food was delicious,but we won’t come back again...:(

C
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While the food is lovely and service was great, it’s quite expensive for what it is- no vegetables come with the mains or rice and you have to order everything. Not even the $9 roti comes with any sauce, they charged $5 for that when we asked!

It is a really cool set up and food is great but not great value for money.

TT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, great vibe and lovely setting, would definitely recommend and we intend to visit again

SS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Creepy security guys at the restaurant entrance; small serving portions

SF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic with a great vibe,friendly staff,fresh food & reasonably priced.

M
Melbourne / VIC
54 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Village people used to be one of our favourites. Unfortunately this experience has made me reconsider. Whilst the food was good, it feels that the serving sizes have reduced from a year ago. The service has lost a bit of its pace - we were brought the wrong dishes 3 times (meant for the table next to us) in our hour there. It didn't feel like value for money which is a shame considering how much we were looking forward to the dinner.

M
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork hock is sensational and great value for money