Michael Pham of Collingwood's Tiny Cafe has just dropped a bomb of old-school Vietnamese and Smurf blue paint on Smith Street for his new project, Phamily Kitchen. When we say it's blue, we mean blue – it looks as though he threw a protective blanket over the counter then detonated your childhood.
Pham went with the ludicrously bright colour scheme, which includes a bubblegum pink ceiling, as an homage to old Vietnamese joints, which have provided much of the inspiration for the menu.
He's doing pho, along with proper fat rice-paper rolls and Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk, but there are also some trashy-delicious numbers we all need to get a little better acquainted with, like three-colour drinks (mung bean paste, red bean paste and pandan jelly with syrup) and a sweet braised dish featuring caramelised pork and boiled eggs with a cooking liquor containing coconut juice, fish sauce and Coke. That should be enough to stimulate your senses till the liquor licence comes in. It's open daily 11am-10pm.
Phamily Kitchen, 374 Smith Street, Collingwood, 9417 2888, phamilykitchen.com.au