Bau Truong stands out like a beacon of cool design in a suburb awash with delicious but aesthetically challenged Vietnamese restaurants. A cool turquoise and yellow theme pervades the otherwise moody, dark interior, there’s a loft level creating a great feeling of space and a cool warrior-like wall mural dominates. The restaurant is the third in a series of Bau Truongs – the others are mainstays of the Cabramatta and Canley Heights eating scenes.
Fortunately the food here matches its superior surrounds, with the menu featuring Vietnamese cuisine with a focus on the country’s south and some dishes offering a nod to the owners Vietnamese-Chinese heritage. There’s a ‘tapas’ like menu featuring snacks from bo la lot to banh xeo and fresh spring rolls, then a large menu with soups, stews, grilled meats and more…lots more! Note to parents: the soft shell crab with tamarind sauce is the perfect kid-friendly food – crunchy fried batter, easy to eat, tasty but chilli-less (and there’s highchairs, and they open at 5pm for dinner so you can get your not so date-ish date night on).
Bau Truong, 185 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, tel: 02 9569 4938I loved their salt and pepper squid, one of their more Chinese influenced dishes. Covered in a tasty mix of shallot and chilli it also comes with a bowl of salt, pepper and lemon for dipping. There are wines by the glass for a reasonable $8 or so and there’s delicious Angry Man beer by Murray’s Brewing Co. Basically, it ticks all the boxes for a family-friendly dining destination with gorgeous decor and amazing food. Did I mention it’s in my neighbourhood too?!
42 John Street, Cabramatta, tel: 02 9727 4492
250 Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights, tel: 02 9755 7099