Often on Sunday night I get lazy to cook dinner ;)
After all, there are only three of us (younger daughter come for dinner every Sunday night). When I get lazy, it is also a good excuse to try out the latest restaurant in / around Wellington!
During the last two years, Jackson Street in Petone have become very popular for restaurants and cafes; there are a few eateries there that we adored! So three weeks ago while driving through Jackson Street we noticed this NEW Vietnamese R&C, I mean; look at the brightly coloured shop front, it is hard to miss! We promised ourselves we will have to taste test their offering.
So last night the three of us, armed with hungry tummies; we went to this relatively new (we were told they opened 5 months ago) restaurant.
We were mildly surprised that the place was fairly packed on a Sunday night! We were shown to our table very quickly, I find the decor simple and breezy.
What we ordered...
We all enjoyed the mussels, the taste was not overpowering; some might say they were a little bland. The sauce enhanced the molasses.
Again, a rather subtle taste; done purposely to savor the house fish sauce?
Phở is a noodle soup with a rich, clear broth made from a long boiling of meat and spices.( $11.80 NZ )
Under the menu's "Noodles" page, you can have your Pho in different ways! Apart from rare beef, you can have your soup with well done beef, chicken and pork.
We find the Pho full of beefy flavors and the rare beef very tender, the serving (to our appetite) was HUGE. I reckoned two person can share a bowl easy :) Good value!
This is Le General's favorite Vietnamese fare, she commented the sauce, which is the most important favor enhancer; was not sour enough.
"Cà Ri Cừu" - Lamb Curry with cauliflower, celery; carrot, potato and kumara; with rice. This curry is listed under the "Vietnamese Special Curries" page in the menu. Instead of lamb, you can also have the same curry with beef, chicken, pork or vegetarian. ( $12.50 NZ )
Coming from Malaysia, where good curries are common; we find this curry ok but nothing to shout about ;)
We were disappointed that most of the 8 dessert selections were not available.
Overall - Vietnamese Restaurant & Cafe provided fast and pleasant service, robust Vietnamese home cooking; large servings and value for money.
Our bill (3 of us) came to $61.30 NZ.
We will be back to try out their other dishes.
Vietnamese Restaurant & Cafe (open 7 days)
143 Jackson Street
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