Vina is a Vietnamese restaurant on the Southern side of King Street, a couple of shops down from the Sandringham hotel (for a point of reference landmark, this is a big pub). The place had the same song on a loop the entire time we were there (about an ahour and a half in total) but the decor was simple and peaceful and the staff were very sweet and happy.
Meals were well sized and you could control the heat of your soup with additional red chillies, if you so wished. Alex had a spicy rice noodle soup and I had a "Pork" hot pot with eschallots and veggies. Friends we ran into there were having a good time with a bowl of Tom Yum and some lemongrass "Chicken".
Prices are okay with the big soups at $12 and main meals going from there but averaging $16 each, there was a great choice of entrees if you go that way. There were some sharing options on the mains menu that looked like they'd be fun for next time ($35 between two or $60 between four) sort of viet rice paper roll style and possibly a hot broth fondu?
The Dessert menu looked delicious but we had to pinch our pennies a LITTLE as well as make time to get back up the mountain to sleep.
There were complimentary lychee and taro (favourite!) jellies at the counter and the restaurant also sells a few vegan condiments and mock meats for you to buy and take home (large range of tartex, some tuna that was quite cheap that I got -look forward to a potential blog on using it!- and many different kinds of lamyong brand mocks...).
decent food, casual and comfortable.
Vina, 393 I THINK King Street, Newtown 2042