This is the culmination of two dinners with the girls from work. The venue was a small, local restaurant at Redfern a short stroll from the train station. Its street frontage was a bit run down and uninviting, and almost blink and you miss it because it’s not an entrance which would make you stop and pay attention. But looks are so deceptive! Although the interior was also slightly down-trodden, this unassuming gateway is the open sesame to clean, wholesome food with a home-cooked feel at a very reasonable price.
We were led here by one of my colleagues, who is a regular and says sometimes they have to line up to get a seat. On both occasions, although we did not have to queue, I noticed there was a continuous stream of people coming and going, whether they were eating in or taking away.
We missed this the first time we came, and almost forgot to order this the second time round too. So I think I’d better put this at the fore of my post: they sell fresh coconut water (in the actual coconut) here! I don’t recall seeing it on the menu, but it’s in the fridge at the back of the restaurant, near the counter. I love the drinking the water straight out of the kernel and scrapping the sides for the meat – it’s like nature’s bubble tea and it’s super healthy too!
The offering here is actually quite typical for a Vietnamese restaurant. They do a bit of everything, from pho, vermicelli salad, stir noodles, stir fries, rice etc. Coming from our personal experiences, they are happy to accommodate for your personal likes and dislikes. Being a bunch of weight-conscious girls, this meant a lot of orders caveated with “less noodles, more vegetables”.
We ordered entrees to share and mains to ourselves.