Erindale Vietnamese Restaurant
Unit 6/38 Gartside st, WANNIASSA ACT 2903
After Trying Mecca Bah last week, and Turkish the week before, I was a big sick of Middle Eastern and decided I needed a good Asian meal. So we picked Vietnamese.
We decided we would head deep down south far into the valley and try a small Vietnamese restaurant called â€œErindale Vietnamese restaurantâ€ (!).
The saying â€œ never judge a book by its coverâ€ applies strongly here. As we were seated I couldnâ€™t help but notice the faded plastic table clothes, rickety chairs, and white painted brick walls. But I am all about the food so it didnâ€™t worry me, although my partner did give that â€œ lookâ€.
For entrÃ©e we ordered spring rolls, fresh rice paper rolls, and marinated salt and pepper quail. And I can tell you it was all absolutely delicious, The rice paper rolls were full of fresh prawns and chicken, and the dipping sauce was perfect. The quail was cooked to perfection and was marinated in salt, pepper and lemon. The spring rolls were hot, fresh and not to greasy served with a fish sauce- just how I like them.
Picking mains was tough, as they have around 80 different dishes to pick from! After a few recommendations we ended up choosing Saigon grilled chicken, lamb braised in onion with their â€œ secretl sauceâ€, Calamari in sate sauce, and the house special of seafood combination, we also ordered rice and a Buddhist vegetables dish.
I could go on and on about this meal, it was cooked to perfection and tasted divine. The stand out for me was the lamb in secret sauce it was absolutely delicious ( I would love to no what the sauce was made of!) the chicken was also delicious, moist and tender. The only dish that I wasnâ€™t so keen on (but everyone else loved) was the sate Calamari, I thought the calamari was a bit tough and didnâ€™t really go very well with the sate sauce.
The service was quick and efficient, I wouldnâ€™t say it was overly friendly, not to say it was rude. I thought it was a welcome change from the huge fake smiles and over friendly service you get at some other restaurants. Although this does not apply in Manuka, everyone there hates their jobs and makes you suffer for it. (verve).
It was incredibly cheap, I think the total bill came to something like $80 and that was for HEAPS of quality food.
All in all I would have to say it was one of the nicest (and cheapest!) meals I have had in the last few months. And by the end of the meal I didnâ€™t even notice the tacky faded table clothes and white painted brick walls, in fact I think it added to charm of the place.
I would be interested to hear of any other nice Vietnamese restaurants people have been too.