Review: Nguyen Brothers (Alexandria)

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.

Nguyen Brothers

This venue belongs to the owners of Yen for Viet, which seems to be one of the good Vietnamese restaurants in Marrickville.

Nguyen Brothers

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

Sugar cane prawn rice paper roll

Sugar cane prawn rice paper rolls ($7.5 for 2)

Vegies rice paper rolls

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Nguyen Brothers
21 Fountain Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
(02) 8964 1558
www.nguyenbrothers.com.au
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