After seeing quite a few photos of the Good Days vegan option Vietnamese noodle salad floating around online, Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe blog and I made a lunch date to check it out. Good Days are a recent addition to the southern end of Sydney Road in Brunswick, having opened about ten weeks ago.
Johanna and I had read about this great looking dish on Where’s The Beef?, with the house made tofu mushroom spring rolls and so we both ended up ordering it. The other vegan option was a mushroom pho and the tofu rice paper rolls. My first impression of my noodle salad was WOW THAT’S BIG. I wasn’t expecting such a generous serve! The spring rolls were crispy and great, tucked in with black sesame cucumber, bean shoots, baby spinach, spring onion, pickled carrot and daikon, fresh herbs, fried shallots, roasted peanuts, the noodles and topped with cassava crackers ($15). The nuoc cham dressing was on the side. Everything worked so well together, enough to make me want to go back for another one pretty soon:
Usually I like to visit a place twice before blogging about it and so that was a nice handy convenient excuse to return again for a lunchtime mushroom pho. As well as the pho, I ordered the mushroom tofu rice paper rolls which were nice and stuffed, served with a great hoisin peanut sauce ($4.50):
Like the noodle salad, the mushroom pho ($15) was served in a large bowl. I loved the broth which was a nice surprise because in the past when I’d tried the non vegan versions, I found some of the flavours overpowering and so I wasn’t sure what to expect from a vegan version. The grilled mushrooms were excellent, nice and firm and something to get your teeth in to. The noodles were plentiful too:
Good Days mention on their Instagram page that the pho is gluten free, though the king mushrooms are marinated in a soy dressing so if you tell the staff you’d like gluten free, they can leave that out.
Service was great, I was greeted by friendly staff who were happy for me to take photos. There is two-person seating along the side wall, a larger table by the front window and some bench setting along the counter (with the added advantage of seeing your meal prepared). I was offered drinks each time but didn’t check them out because I’m happy with water refills.
The lunch and dinner menus are the same. The menu is small, though don’t let that deter you in any way! These are the kinds of carefully crafted and considered meals where the staff know their stuff and I know with me, it’s now my go-to place when I want pho or a Vietnamese noodle salad because I know I will love my meal.
It’s great to see yet another restaurant serving delicious vegan options. Sydney Road keeps on getting better with more of these vegan options frequently popping up, which is a far cry from when I first became vegan four or so years ago and was scoping out Sydney Road and not finding anywhere near as much!
Good Days are open for lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, then dinner from 6pm to 9pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
165 Sydney Road, Brunswick