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The Garden of Nang

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published April 8th 2022
Goolwa's newest culinary treasure
We're always excited about a brand new place to eat in Goolwa. Our Cittaslow (slow town) status places great value on locally grown, fresh food. The recently opened Garden of Nang restaurant serves Lao style food and it's as fresh as can be.

The Garden of Nang
The Garden of Nang


I haven't yet been to Laos and I'm not familiar with its traditional food, so I prepared to be enlightened on my first visit. I met with the owner and head chef, Manee, who explained that Lao dishes are similar to Vietnamese, Cambodian and, in particular, Thai food. Laos is a small, landlocked country bordered, predominantly, by these three countries, so their culinary influences are no surprise. Manee described Lao food as spicy and flavoursome but less sweet than Thai food.

Fresh herbs at The Garden of Nang
Fresh herbs at The Garden of Nang


Pots of lush herbs, grown by Manee and her husband Jamie, can be seen both inside and outside the restaurant. Manee uses these, and other fresh ingredients, to prepare food each morning for sale each day. Nothing is pre-prepared, even the sauces. In keeping with her Lao customs, Manee is passionate about presenting an authentic menu.

Inside The Garden of Nang
Inside The Garden of Nang


Manee and Jamie ran a popular food van in Roxby Downs before deciding to move to Goolwa after visiting family and falling in love with the town. Their restaurant is open five days a week from 11am until 2pm as the couple and their young toddler settle in. They plan to extend opening hours, for dine-in and take-away, as soon as they can.

Chillies
Chillies


My first tastes were just as Manee promised; spicy, flavoursome and less sweet than Thai food. I chose Chicken Cold Rolls to start. They were super-fresh and crunchy and served with a tangy dipping sauce.

Cold Rolls
Cold Rolls


My Chicken Pho (noodle soup) was hot and delicious and came with the option of extra chilli. As a fan of spicy food, I took this option. Others may be glad it's not obligatory and exercise their choice of less spice.

Chicken Pho
Chicken Pho


A fruity dessert is ideal to cool the palate after a spicy meal, so I indulged in Mango Sticky Rice with ice cream. So glad I did. It rounded off my perfect, first time, Lao food experience.

Mango Sticky Rice
Mango Sticky Rice


You'll find The Garden of Nang on Goolwa's main street. It's definitely worth a visit.

The Garden of Nang
The Garden of Nang

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Why? Fresh, spicy, authentic Lao food. Why not try?
When: Monday, Tuesday,Friday, Saturday, Sunday lunch from 11am to 2pm
Phone: 0435637746
Where: 19 Cadell Street Goolwa South, SA, Australia 5214
Cost: Chicken Pho $16.50. Curries and stir-fry from $17.50
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Another different cuisine to try. I have noticed lately that many restaurants have a herb garden, both for use and decoration. The mango sticky rice looked mouth watering.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4761) 430 days ago
Some very international flavours on offer here which are super fresh and healthy as well.You've got to like that
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|6718) 429 days ago
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