A Sydney based writer, director, actor. Loves going out and exploring what Sydney has to offer.
Published December 25th 2012
Update July 6th 2017
Please note this venue is permanently closed and no longer trading
Vietnamese like you've never tasted before
Marrickville is a suburb buzzing with Vietnamese restaurants; some of them sub-standard, some of them average and some of them wonderful. Bau Truong falls into the latter category.
Located on Marrickville Road, Bau Truong is a slick restaurant which serves fine dining Vietnamese. The extensive menu includes share plates as well as unusual main courses that wouldn't be found on the menu of a typical Vietnamese restaurant.
It's an ideal setting for a dinner with friends or family. My visit was a mix of both: my mother, my close friend and her mother (also my mother's close friend). None of us holds back when it comes to eating and we thus chose a large selection of share plates and mains.
The menu focuses heavily on meat based dishes (from the usual to the unusual), as well as seafood, soups, noodles and vegetarian dishes. It suited our dietary requirements, as my mother is gluten intolerant and I'm a type 1 diabetic.
The dishes explode with flavour. The meatball rice paper rolls are fresh, tasty and enhanced by the accompanying herbs and peanut sauce, an excellent starter to get the tastebuds salivating.
Our only vegetarian dish, okra with garlic and chilli, was crisp and light. It's hard to stop eating, despite its strong hit of chilli. For those who don't respond well to chilli, it would be best to ask for a moderate dish.
The stirfried chicken with onions, lemongrass and (a lot of) chilli and the stirfried pipis were not as impressive as the other dishes. The sauces were what let the dishes down: too gluggy, overpowering the beautiful flavours of the chicken and pipis.
The restaurant accepts BYO with a $4 corkage charge per head, yet they also have a well priced wine list. We chose a Grant Burge white and a Rutherglen white, both of which suited the dishes.
Bau Truong is not a restaurant one goes to for cheap, tasty Vietnamese, but rather for masterful versions of traditional Vietnamese dishes. I can't wait to return and try the grilled quail, the golden fried soft shell crab, the whole steamed barramundi, the stirfried crocodile and the list goes on.