On my first go to right here shortly after they opened final yr, I used to be of the view this was the best Vietnamese restaurant I’ve encountered in Northbridge – two extra journeys have executed nothing to dampen that view – and a current birthday dinner simply confirmed this. It actually is excellent – from the second you stroll in the décor catches the attention and when you attempt the meals you’re hooked. And the fantastic waiters add to the attraction.
You ought to observe, nevertheless, that regardless of the phantasm set by displayed spirit and wine bottles, they’re unlicensed; BYO is ok they usually do provide excellent stemware and ice buckets. So all to the great.
The menu is pretty in depth with a loads of decisions of hen, seafood, pork, vegetarian, beef, in addition to soups, noodle dishes and salads. As with most Asian eating places, the meals is designed to share and that’s what we did.
Starting with a few entrées – crumbed seafood spring rolls have been crisply fried with moist seafood filling – these got here with a dipping sauce extra alongside the strains of aioli than conventional Vietnamese fashion, however fulfilling nonetheless.
Then slices of roast duck, pink and juicy, sitting on sticky rice muffins – nice flavour and textural distinction. Very good starter, certainly.
To the mains – and we went for the prawns served in a bamboo tube – one thing I’ve had on every go to – and once more merely pleasant. Eight giant prawns, char grilled in their shells hanging by their tails from a bamboo tube – the prawns have been juicy, tender, superbly cooked and seasoned, with a stunning smoky, barbeque flavour and the combination of inexperienced chilli, garlic and lemon was completely on track.
Next alongside plump, succulent, completely cooked scallops stir fried with spring onion and crunchy calmly cooked, recent asparagus – delicate flavours, superbly balanced, it was one other wonderful dish.
Finally, Hanoi fish – grilled fillets of fish, luscious and tender, fragrant and gently spiced – crisp recent herbs scattered throughout, smoky notes to the fish – an exquisite mixture of flavours and intense bouquet.
Once once more I got here away very impressed by the calibre of the meals at Chopsticks – it’s particular. Everything jells for a fantastic expertise – atmosphere, décor, employees, meals, presentation, worth for cash.