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Published May 5th 2016
Fresh and Flavoursome Vietnamese Food
Whether you are a local or a visitor to Darwin, you'll find plenty to do at the Waterfront. There's a wave pool, a swimming beach, a variety of shops, coffee shops and a selection of eateries.

I love the freshness and flavour of Vietnamese food and was therefore a little bit happy to hear that Chow had opened there.

Chow offers Rice Paper Rolls, a sort of Vietnamese version of a sandwich, for just $8.50. You'll get two fresh rolls filled with cucumber, mint, vermicelli, herbs, and either pork and prawn, chicken or tofu. They come with hoisin & peanut dipping sauces and they are gluten free.

There are asian-style salads from $16 and, of course 'The soup that feeds a (Vietnamese) nation' for $14. It's called Pho, pronounced 'fur', and is a delicious, aromatic, noodle soup served with or without meat.

There's lots more to choose from and I'm indecisive when presented with such a menu but, on my recent visit, I decided on a Vietnamese Savoury Crepe for $18.

Vietnamese Savoury Crepe
Vietnamese Savoury Crepe

The crepe was slightly crunchy, a little bit like a thin omelette, and filled with pork, prawns, and bean sprouts. It arrived accompanied by a salad of lettuce cups, fresh herbs & pickled vegetables.

Chow also offers banquets starting at $36 per person.

The drinks list is extensive and doesn't stop at just wine, soft drinks and beer. There are Japanese, American, Irish and Australian Whiskeys to choose from, as well as rums, tequilas, cocktails and liqueurs. Another difficult decision but since it was lunchtime with the girls I settled on a Luna Rosa Rosť from NSW. It's sweetness complemented the spice flavours in my crepe as well as the pickled vegetables.

The atmosphere at Chow is casual and the decor is funky. For some reason there are three bathroom choices: men, women and single ladies.

Three bathroom choices
Three bathroom choices

You can choose to sit inside, in the air-conditioning or outside, where, if you need heat relief, you are invited to 'Beat the heat and spray yo face' with a squirty bottle. That's Darwin.

Beat the heat and spray yo face
Beat the heat and spray yo face
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Why? Good food, fun location.
When: Monday - Sunday Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm and Dinner 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Phone: 08 8941 7625
Where: Shops D1 & D2 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800
Cost: From $8.50
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