If you think you know Dominion Road, think again. On the corner of Dominion & Onslow Road sits a new and well-lit space serving Vietnamese cuisine; the interiors are minimalist and feature a concrete communal table in the centre with medium-sized seating throughout. We particularly loved the paint-dipped concrete vases, the bare ceiling fans, white tiles and light bulbs that herald Vietnamese homes in the 1960s. Similarly, their menu contains several modern interpretations of traditional dishes (such as the pork ban mhi and beef pho) as well as the interesting street foods including stuffed squid and roast duck. We all had a bit of order envy with Annie's fried egg-tofu dish — soft, custardy savoury goodness with crunchy exterior. Insert heavenly music here.
Louise had the beef skirt with lemongrass and a watermelon & mint hopt. She said, 'Loved it. Great flavours. Cool space. Very noisy and service still a bit slow but otherwise, thumbs up from me! Looking forward to going back.'
Innie had the skate wing. She said, 'A little bit too noisy for a café but we weren't talking that much while eating anyway'
Katie had the roasted duck with tangelo salad & taro crisps. She said, 'If you're looking for interesting fusion Vietnamese/hipster-european food, this is the place; if you're looking for authentic Vietnamese, run in the opposite direction really, really fast.'
Mel also had the roasted duck with tangelo salad & taro crisps and a salted lychee hopt. She said, 'Simple décor but effective, a bit on the noisy side but great flavours. Still feeling very 'new', looking forward to going back again to try out their coffee!'
Joe had roast duck and a watermelon & mint hopt. He said, 'Excellent contemporary café! modern Vietnamese fusion is a great style and these guys pull it off well. Great simple décor too.'
Annie had the crisp egg tofu, capsicum, truss tomatoes, asian basil and a salted lychee hopt. She said, 'Loved the food, the strong flavours were well matched with the soft centred tofu. Beautiful. The hard surfaces of the cafe really echoed the sound around though so it was noisy as.'