Avid theatre-goer, self-proclaimed foodie and crazy dog lady!
Published June 28th 2016
Vietnamese pho everyone
Situated on the West Esplanade, the former Miss Chu's has recently reopened as Little Viet Kitchen. If you're on the hunt for authentic Vietnamese street food, then look no further than this little gem. The restaurant interior consists of dark wood on a backdrop of striking artwork of a Vietnamese woman, lovingly painted by designer Kirsty Siddle. Cherry blossoms adorn the opposite wall creating an inviting scene from Hanoi.
We were seated outdoors on a comfortable table with lounge like seating and chairs, away from the winter chill thanks to the outdoor tent keeping the brisk air out. A heater took the additional edge off! Greeted by friendly and attentive staff who offered us a drink menu, the girls went straight for the Mint Cucumber Martini's which were refreshing (albeit strong!). There was a selection of local and international ales and beers available for our beer drinking partners.
Mint Cucumber Martini's at Little Viet Kitchen Manly
A selection of entrees were brought to us including duck pancakes, duck san choy bow and Vietnamese rice paper rolls. Mains followed with aromatic Pho, classic Saigon style thinly shaved rare Angus beef, Pork belly & hardboiled egg in caramelised coconut juice, and a lemongrass beef and vermicelli noodles with cucumber, bean sprouts, Vietnamese herbs, crispy shallots, house pickles and roasted peanuts. All fresh, delicious ingredients and we left with satisfied, full bellies!
Lemongrass Beef Rice Vermicelli Noodles at Little Viet Kitchen Manly
The price was a little expensive, as expected in Manly for near-waterfront dining, but for a special occasion I would definitely return especially with the quality and freshness of the food. I recommend trying out a lunch menu if you're looking for Vietnamese at a more affordable option as the Little Viet Kitchen does offer lunch specials