METUNG | Something I did not expect to find when I booked a few nights in Metung, a small town I’d never heard of, as a last minute replacement for the cancelled NSW portion of my road trip, was to find authentic Vietnamese food.
Walking around town during the evening on my first day, I saw that Metung Bakery & Cafe were advertising bánh mi and pho, along with all of the usual delicious baked goods and pastries that you find in country bakeries. Even better, both were available for breakfast when I popped in first thing the next day.
Metung Bakery is owned and operated by husband and wife team Lam and Lien Nguyen, Lam’s sister Lan, and niece Teoni. They moved to Metung and took over the bakery in 2017, looking for a change of pace from their busy lives in Sydney.
Fire destroyed the bakery shortly after, and it took several months before their new bakery, across the road from the old premises, opened. And then, of course, bushfires and COVID-19. With the support of the community, the Nguyens have been able to get back on their feet, and you can tell that the place is popular with locals.
Along with the things you’d expect to find at a bakery, and the Vietnamese dishes, they also do rotating menus for lunch and sometimes dinner. An expanded selection of family recipes curry nights, pizza and pasta, and more. Oh and they also do a great, not overly sweet, milky iced coffee.
Definitely one to check out if you ever find yourself in this part of the world. Breakfast pho in Metung. Who would have thought?
Metung Bakery & Cafe
196 Victoria Street
Telephone: (03) 9421 2418
Sun – Sat: 9:00am to 10:00pm