A few weeks ago I was walking home from the gym and discovered this new Vietnamese restaurant. It’s not a secret that Vietnamese is my favourite Asian cuisine, so I organised a visit asap.
This venue belongs to the owners of Yen for Viet, which seems to be one of the good Vietnamese restaurants in Marrickville.
I had a sugar cane prawn rice paper roll and a vegies [sic] rice paper roll. The sugar cane prawn was not what I was expecting (it was more similar to kamaboko than to other sugar cane prawns I’ve had in the past). The rolls were standard, with a ton of vermicelli. I think the low carb soldiers at Roll’d have spoilt me.
Sugar cane prawn rice paper rolls ($7.5 for 2)
Vegies rice paper rolls ($5.5 for 2)
The pork & prawn rice paper rolls ordered by someone else looked more attractive.
Pork & prawn rice paper rolls ($6 for 2)
I also shared the pork, prawn, papaya & herbs salad. Nice salad, fresh and light, perhaps a bit expensive for what it was.
Pork, prawn, papaya & herbs salad ($18)
The most enjoyed dish of the day was the classic rice with crispy skin chicken, which looked amazing.
Rice with crispy skin chicken ($13)
The rice roll (filled with stir-fried pork, mince, onion and wood-ear mushroom, served with pork loaf, cookead bean sprout, basil, fried onion and fish sauce), looked pretty good, too.
Rice roll ($12)
The biggest disappointment of the night was for the man who ordered rice vermicelli with grilled sliced pork, but I think it was just the wrong dish for that particular person, who dislikes fatty meat (??!!). I tried some of the vermicelli, and can say they were pretty tasty.
Rice vermicelli with grilled sliced pork ($13)
My overall impression was that food is generally good, with some exceptions (e.g. avoid rice paper rolls if you don’t like them filled with a ton of vermicelli). Can’t wait to try more dishes!