Who's been to Vietnam? If you just said no, do yourself a favour and book your next holiday. It has the best of everything in South East Asia - from unexplored mountains to sun soaked beaches. Or, if you're a little too skint for a holiday, visit Miss Chu's. It's just in Darlinghurst.
Miss Chu's is the closest I've come to experiencing a Vietnamese street-stall without being inside the country. Plastic tables and chairs line the footpath right next to a busy road as tantalising smells waft from the kitchen. Some say it's noisy. That's just another way of saying it's full of life. It's not stereotypically romantic but for me, anywhere that let's you escape the monotony of everyday life has a sense of romance. You could always take her to Tetsuya's, where she'll be more impressed by the size of the bill than the taste of the food. But then you'd be missing a sense of individuality, a sense of character. The point of difference from all your competition.
What's even more surprising than the unconventional ambience is the exceptional food. Duck pancakes melt in your mouth, pork buns widen your eyes and their Vietnamese rolls do a pretty good job at converting you to vegetarian. They also have a great selection of drinks that involve mint, yoghurt and cucumber. It's cheap as chips, different to anywhere in Sydney and you never leave unsatisfied. I say return to the streets, Vietnamese is just the beginning.
PS: It's completely outdoors so try to steer clear in the rain.
I'm a big fan of Vietnamese food but I'm never sure which places to try as I've been underwhelmed before. This place looks awesome, low key and unique wins out for me over expensive and tiny portions of food any day :-)
By Nini - senior reviewer Friday, 30th of September @ 01:30 am
By Bigbe - reader Monday, 3rd of October @ 08:15 am
I was shown this place when I was in Sydney last year for work experience. All the girls in the office raved about it, so one day they took me down there for lunch. Was definitely a great place to go.
I also love Vietnamese food, I used to live in Vietnam, so it was fun, if not quite the same obviously, to be able to sit on the side of the road to enjoy a meal.
The only downside with Miss Chu was that I wish they had Bahn Mi. Perhaps they do now, I'm not sure. But I know I was craving on when I went there and it was sadly nowhere on the menu. The food they do have though, is great!
I'll definitely jump in line with anyone else recommending this restaurant.