An exciting new restaurant, Ăn Uống Eat. Drink. Vietnam, has just opened on lively Bridge Road in Richmond.
Concieved by three friends, Richard, Le and chef Zico, each from a different region of Vietnam, Ăn Uống Eat. Drink. Vietnam offers a one-stop culinary journey across Vietnam.
Inspired by their hometown culinary memories and travel adventures, the owners have carefully crafted a unique menu which celebrates the vibrant cuisine of north, south and central Vietnam.
"Ăn Uống – meaning 'eat, drink' in Vietnamese – is a place where we can showcase Vietnam's varying local ingredients and cooking methods in a modern way, while staying true to the traditional flavour combinations we grew up with," says owner Richard Nguyen.
"It was really important for us to introduce a modern and contemporary feel to each of the dishes, without losing the authenticity of the flavours that connect us with the recipes from our families and home," says Nguyen.
Head chef Zico Lu honed his skills at the likes of Grossi Florentino, Donovans and Peter Gilmore's Quay in Sydney. At Ăn Uống, Zico has the opportunity to showcase his passion for Vietnamese cuisine.
"Eat. Drink. Vietnam has enabled me to reinvent and share the flavours from my childhood and travels. The grilled kingfish rice paper rolls and the kingfish salad, for example, were inspired by the seafood we bought at the fishing city of Nha Trang while visiting Le's family," says Zico.
"The beets duck salad is based on a traditional northern recipe which uses fresh duck blood and reminds me of our trips as a family to get the live ducks from the farm. However, I have adapted the recipe to use beetroot rather than blood so it can appeal to a wider audience.
"The pork belly (Thit Kho Tau) is a variation of my mother's recipe that I originally disliked as a child, but nowadays it's a very nostalgic dish that I really enjoyed reinventing. In my version, the pork is sous vide in a delicious caramel master stock sauce and finally glazed. The entire process takes three days - I'm sure I'm doing Mum's recipe proud!"
Zico sources local ingredients from nearby markets and serves fresh, fast and affordable lunches in a casual atmosphere. In the evening, however, the venue introduces a more refined atmosphere and diverse dinner menu which is designed to be shared.
Adding to the dining experience is a local wine list which complements the complex and bright nature of the dishes served, while also holding its own against the intricate flavours native to Vietnam.
Like the service, the interior decor is inviting and cheerful, with vibrant pops of colour. Ăn Uống Eat. Drink. Vietnam also pays homage to the lively sidewalks of Vietnam with its strong emphasis on relaxed group and outdoor dining.
Whether you're after a quick and tasty lunch option, or a diverse Vietnamese dining experience in Melbourne, Ăn Uống Eat. Drink. Vietnam is the perfect destination.
Discover the menu today at www.anuongrichmond.com.au