Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Indochine is a reliable staple in Box Hill that derives its name (I imagine) from Indochina, the former name of the area that now spans Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The food here definitely has more of a Vietnamese spin though with an extensive range of shared mains (from whole snapper to BBQ pork meatballs to gado gado), noodles (egg and rice based), rice, and of course bun (dry rice vermicelli) and pho (vermicelli soup) offered. 

I wasn't extremely hungry so was satisfied with ordering only a small rice dish. 

Char-Grilled Lemongrass Pork on Rice

Of course, the dish that came out was a little bigger than I remembered, but that's not a bad thing. The rice was unremarkable, and the chilli sauce was too sweet, but the meat was tender and juicy and I happily ate all of it up. 

M ordered what I've always thought of as an odd dish: Bun with char-grilled lemongrass beef with spring rolls. 

Bun with Char-Grilled Lemongrass Beef with Spring Rolls

The spring-rolls always seem like an afterthought to me, haphazardly thrown on as a finishing touch. I always find them too oily and too bland, and this dish was no different. The beef was slightly too dry as well, so I didn't like what little I had of this dish.  

So perhaps Indochine isn't 100% reliable, but at least it's filling and cheap, and from past experience, pretty accommodating of large groups. The service is fast, but I'm of the opinion there are plenty of interesting places to discover in Box Hill. If you're after 'safe' food though, then Indochine isn't a bad bet. 

51 Carrington Road, Box Hill
Sun-Thu 11am-3pm, 530pm-930pm,  Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, 530-10pm

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