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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published May 28th 2018
A gastronomical Indochina journey
Bistro Mekong is smaller and more casual than its award-winning sister Mekong on Kensington in Chippendale. This quaint and smaller eatery offers a romantic setting with a menu boasting some of the most tantalising Indochina creations.

Travel to a grand feast of exotic foods through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam as you explore the flavours, textures and aromas of South East Asian cuisine.
Bistro Mekong is fully licensed and serves beer, wine and cocktails - with the cocktails complementing the food.

The exotic No Alcohol Aperol Spritz (Seedlip spiced zero alcohol gin, arianciata topped with zero alcohol processo)

Bistro Mekong opens Thursday-Sunday serving Breakfast (all day breakfast 8:30am-3pm, Lunch (11:30am-3pm) and dinner (5:30pm-9:30pm).

We ordered Bistro Mekong Shared Plate, Beef Cheek Cambodian Curry, Phuket Style Noodles with Seafood and ended our exotic culinary journey with Coconut Icecream.

The Bistro Mekong Shared Plate ($28) included Smoked ocean trout, spanner crab tacos, Vietnamese turmeric pancake and grilled pork served with a delicious tamarind chilli dipping sauce.

Bistro Mekong Sharing Plate...

The Smoked Ocean Trout featured roasted chilli, onion, lime zest and crispy chickpeas. This canape-style entree was bursting with flavour and texture.

The Smoked Ocean Trout with roasted chilli, lime zest, onion & crispy chickpeas...

This tiny entree certainly awakened the senses with its jam-packed flavours and textures. The smoked trout was not overly smoked and the hints of lime zest with chilli worked so well with the fish. All the flavours married so well with each other, that it made you want more!

This canape-style entree was packed with flavour!

The Spanner Crab Taco did not just look like an artist's masterpiece, it also took the taste buds to a whole new dimension! From the crispy espresso crepe to the refreshing coconut flavours, this little taco was absolutely mouthwatering.

The mouthwatering Spanner Crab Taco...

It was amazing with the crab seasoned perfectly and the surprising hit from the coconut, followed by the crunch from the little taco. It was such a creative and flavoursome entree.

This tiny entree not just looked pretty, it was extremely delightful too!

The bite-sized Grilled Pork Belly was wrapped in betel leaf and it was such a unique and tasteful way to take the humble pork belly and transform it into a wonderland of deliciousness. The betel was crispy and the pork was seasoned and cooked perfectly.

The delicious Pork Belly wrapped in Betel Leaf...

Our final entree dish was the Vietnamese Turmeric Pancake, which included prawns and bean sprouts. This was such an interesting dish, once again packed with flavours and textures. The pancake resembled more like an omelette stuffed with delicious ingredients. The pancake was thin and a delight to eat on its own without the filling.

The scrumptious Vietnamese Pancake...

Eaten together, the dish was filled with delicate flavours. The bean sprouts added a wonderful crunch. Overall, this dish was light and delicate and once again, did not lack any exotic flavours.

Enjoying the delicate flavours...

After the awakening of our taste buds, we were excited to discover and explore more of the wonderful creations from Bistro Mekong.

Our mains included Beef Cheek Cambodian Curry ($30) and Phuket Style Noodles with Seafood ($22). The Beef Cheek Cambodian Curry was served with sweet potato and pumpkin with pickled ginger and homemade roti.

Where do I begin with this curry? Firstly, it was one of the best curries I have tasted to date. The beef cheeks were cooked well overall that they melted in your mouth, followed by the delectable aromatic flavours from the curry gravy, which was pure magic.

The hearty and exotic Beef Cheek Cambodian Curry...

However, I did get some pieces of beef cheek that were not cooked properly and were a bit chewy to eat. The sweet potato and pumpkin were cooked wonderfully. This hearty dish was the perfect way to warm up on a winter's cold night!

Soaking up that curry goodness...

This dish teased the taste buds with its flavoursome ingredients. All the ingredients danced on our palates like an enchanting recital. There were hints of sweetness to spicy, delicateness to a bang of aromatics - it is definitely a dish to try if you are a curry fan!

The homemade roti was tasty and the perfect accompaniment to the curry to scoop up all the delicious and flavoursome curry gravy!

The crispy Roti...

The Phuket Style Noodles with Seafood featured hokkien noodles, prawns, squid, scallops, clams, egg, chilli, garlic and chives accompanied with pork crackers.

The delicious Phuket Style Seafood Noodles...

If you are a seafood lover then, you cannot pass this dish. It was an "ocean" of flavour and each seafood component was cooked perfectly. All the ingredients worked well in this dish from the hints of chilli to the delicate flavours of the seafood, to the crunch from the pork crackling. It was certainly a piquant dish that took you to Thailand!

After our toothsome entree and mains were finished, we were certain we could not go on, but the Coconut ice cream was calling our name. Ignoring our full bellies, we fell for the tempting Coconut ice cream, which was served with sticky rice, peanuts, fresh coconut flesh and corn.

The unique & delightful Coconut Icecream with Sticky Rice...

This unusual and exotic dessert was certainly different in a positive way. The creamy ice cream was served in a half coconut shell. The creamy coconut ice cream, eaten with the sticky rice, peanuts and corn, was certainly a delightful culinary experience of flavour and texture.

Bistro Mekong is certainly a wonderful and unique South East Asian experience worth trying out!
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When: Breakfast: 8:30am-3pm, Lunch: 11:00am 3:00pm Dinner: 5:30pm 9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9958 3177
Where: Shop 5, 100 Edinburgh Rd Castlecrag
Cost: Dishes range from $3-$30
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