Melbourne hospitality group Commune has relocated its existing Hanoi Hannah venue in Elsternwick.

The venue has taken over the now closed Maxy’s International site, just around the corner from the original Glen Huntly Road location.

Seating 100, Hanoi Hannah Vol.II provides more expansive dining options, including alfresco, a large open kitchen and substantial bar with a late liquor license. Banquette seating affords comfortable dining, with the option to draw up a stool alongside the lengthy bar also on offer.

At the helm of the kitchen is Hanoi Hannah’s executive chef, Anthony Choi, supported by head chef, Joon Song, who has been with the group for more than two years.

Guests can expect to see all their original favourites alongside a new modern Vietnamese offering. Winter will see a range of warming dishes on the menu, including soups and curries, such as Banh Canh Cua — a crab broth with prawns and bouncy taipicoa noodles — and claypot mussels in kaffir lime and lemongrass sauce served with crusty banh mi.

Large sharing dishes put proteins centre-stage. Think southern-style braised beef with daikon and annatto and lemongrass dry aged roast duck served with crunchy egg noodles. Salads include a grilled mushroom, watercress and green chilli number.

‘Hot Pockets’ featuring Banh Teui — a pita-style bread — will encase a selection of punchy fillings, including pulled brisket that’s been braised in lemongrass, chili and beef stock. A dedicated rice paper section will offer a selection of grill, fresh and fried rolls.

The former 267 Glen Huntly Road Hanoi Hannah is now closed, with Vol.ll open Sunday to Thursday noon–11pm and Friday Saturday noon-late, at the 306-310 site.

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