Review: Viet Town (Haymarket)

My friend and ex-colleague from back home Moisés was in Sydney for a few weeks. Bad weather and little time meant we failed as tourist guides but at least got to show him a bit of Darling Harbour and Haymarket in search for dinner. He likes Thai food but he had also mentioned interest in trying Vietnamese cuisine. On our way to Home I saw a Viet Town which was almost packed with Asian patrons, always a good sign IMO.

Moisés is not fussy when it comes to food so it was easy to pick a few options marked as GF in the menu to share. First a classic vermicelli with marinated pork chop served with salad, fresh herbs, peanuts, garlic and chilli fish sauce. Nice flavour, fresh ingredients and good-sized serving.

Vermicelli with marinated pork chop

Vermicelli with marinated pork chop ($12.80)

Next came the braised beef spare ribs in young coconut juice, green peppercorn and pate, ordered with steamed rice. I enjoyed the fattiness and tenderness of the ribs (my favourite cut). The sauce was pretty tasty, too.

Braised beef spare ribs in young coconut juice, green peppercorn and pate

Braised beef spare ribs in young coconut juice, green peppercorn and pate ($16.80)

The only dish that disappointed us and was left unfinished was the grilled squid salad in garlic, chilli and lime relish. The squid slices (which, by the way, were cut to uneven thickness) were bitter, hopefully from excessive charring and not lack of freshness.

Grilled squid salad in garlic, chilli and lime relish

Grilled squid salad in garlic, chilli and lime relish ($16.80)

Viet Town
Shop G04, 345B-353 Sussex Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9262 7982
www.viettown.com.au

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