Village People Hawker Foodhall

4.3
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165 reviews
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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.
What 165 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.2
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4.4
Ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bennymac
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great feed, would definitely recommend. Great cocktails too!

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CarolineA
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Food was ok, little disappointing as I had heard great things.

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AdamB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great decor.Attentive staff. Highly recommended.

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HonorK
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s not cheap but it’s worth it! Delicious food, great menu, outstanding service and fantastic venue design. I recommend booking ahead via opentable though. The staff said we couldn’t get in till 9, but we jumped online and booked an earlier session no problems. Great little rooftop bar for a wine if you do have to wait. Just go and try this place!

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BoomBoom
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

A brilliant restaurant and a fantastic night. However unfortunately this amazing restaurant was extremely busy on this particular night due to it being Valentine’s Day. That is understandable of course. However it appears that our orders were lost due to the large numbers dining in the restaurant. We waited far too long for meals, as other couples around us, who ordered well after us, were fed and finished before we received any entrees or meals. When this was pointed out to staff, they admitted their mistake and covered our whole bill including drinks. Can’t thank everyone enough for this generous gesture and admitting their shortfall. The food as always was spectacular. And the ambiance is delightful. Of course getting a free meal would seem that I would be thankful. But in reality I would have still paid and been just as happy with the whole dinner experience with exception to the service issue on this busy night. Thank you Village People. We will be back and happy to pay for meals because the whole place is spectacular.

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EmmaL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent food! Very friendly staff serving on a busy night.

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food and interesting decor. A few communication issues with the waitress to start with but everything turned out.

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EmilyL
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Way too loud to enjoy the company and subsequently food

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was great, service pretty good, but annoyed we couldn’t split bills.

Seriously restaurants need to pick up their gama here. It’s simply not acceptable anymore with the available technology that the bill can’t be distributed across a table.

Payment is a part of the service, not seperate from it.

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ShelleyJ
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for big groups, the food was delicious and well priced. Staff were friendly & helpful

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Ross
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Don't be fooled by the name Hawker, it is nothing like the hawker (centre) concept in Asian countries. It is not even a food hall, just separate restaurants on different levels. The ambience and decor is good and fairly quiet. The food was fairly delicious, depending on what you order. The pork hock was delicious and a stand-out for us. But generally, most food items are overpriced. A good list of cocktails to go with the food though.

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GregF
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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VAIS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 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.

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MatthewN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service! Will definitely be back

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noelm
1 review
Dined on 3 October 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!)

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DevP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 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.

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NikkiW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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NadiaR
1 review
Dined on 24 August 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.

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BenC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 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!

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Mikmik
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 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.

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jazzt
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and fantastic waiter

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SuzanneG
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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TimS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

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

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OnyR
1 review
Dined on 24 July 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.

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JessicaM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 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!

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RuedelleM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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DAVIDF
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service ambience and excellent food tastes

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TraceyW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Rachel
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 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.

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SamanthaW
1 review
Dined on 8 June 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.

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SueB
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as usual. Thank you Another great night

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JonathonB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 May 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!

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ellies
1 review
Dined on 4 May 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

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JodiN
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 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.

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TaniaA
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

The value for money is not strong. Tiny food portions

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Guzman
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 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.

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vipRogerR
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 31 March 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

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StuA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 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.

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PattiR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 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.

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Village People Hawker Foodhall is rated 4.3 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.

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