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Vietnamese restaurant - since 1991

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Our Story

Every Vietnamese family that arrived and settled in Australia after the Vietnam war has stories to tell, my family is one of many stories.  Majority of those who left Vietnam after the war, either had served with western allies or were oppressed by post-war government policies.  My family were one of many 'boat people', war-torn refugees that were fortunate to be adopted by Australia.

Tran in Vietnamese has various meanings, it can represent a woman's name or the popular surname "Tran".  The first proprietor of this building named the business after her daughter's name, and so "Tran Tran" became part of the Victoria Street's landscape in the late 80's.  Many have asked why not just call the restaurant Tran, instead of Tran Tran?  The simple answer is, Tran Tran sounds better in Vietnamese.  My family acquired the business in 1991 and as they say the rest is history.

Our building's architecture dates back to the 1890's and it originally served as a chapel.  In 2009, Tran Tran underwent major renovations, which was when its interesting past came to light.  We pulled down the restaurant's false ceiling and were lucky enough to discover the original chapel ceiling, later finding out the building's historical significance.

Tran Tran is a combination of flavours and senses from Vietnam that we had once knew and left behind, to the current Vietnam of today, and a fusion of our adopted country.


These three statues represent the three regions in Vietnam, South, Central and North.  The southern woman is lightly dressed compared to the others, the central woman is more traditionally dressed, and the northern woman is more accessorised.

Tran Tran's mascot, fully restored retro 1981 Honda Cub 50cc.  This classic belonged to my family and when we left Vietnam, it stayed behind with many other personal items, but now it has re-united with my family and back to its former glory.

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Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
Monday - Thursday: Closed from 3:30pm-4:30pm
(except for public holidays)
Friday - Sunday: 11:30am-10:00pm

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