Bondi was once a haven for backpackers and offering slim pickings for restaurants, with only a few fine dining options and plenty of tourist trap cafes. However, in recent months, the suburb has been revived by the introduction of many new bar restaurants, which are putting it back on the map as a great go-to destination for dinner and drinks.
After taking a walk down the streets of Bondi, scouting for a quick bite on a Saturday night, I have come to discover the new Misschu Bondi Tuckshop – a fantastic new Vietnamese restaurant which offers dine in, takeaway and home delivery.
The restaurant is part of the Misschu Group which has opened several eateries, one in Melbourne's CBD, and in Sydney at the Opera House, Darlinghurst, and now Bondi Beach.
Tucked away in a new laneway next door to the Bondi Hotel, the Misschu Bondi restaurant sits amongst a new dining and shopping precinct, located just off Campbell Parade.
With a casual yet cool vibe, there are a series of wooden tables and box stools out on the laneway, as well as inside the restaurant.
Upon reading the menu, I realise Misschu offers an extensive range of exquisite handmade finger food and dishes using only the best and market fresh ingredients.
The food looks cheap and delectable off the menu, making it a hard decision on what to choose, especially with two hungry gluttons at the table. All the favourites are on the menu, and myself and my counterpart pick the usual suspects.
Our menu highlights were the Traditional Duck Pancakes, which although small, were cheap and extremely tasty.
The dumplings are also highly recommended. We sampled the Scallop Dumplings and the Shanghai Pork Dumplings, which were freshly steamed, and arrived promptly at our table, as did all our dishes. Pleased with the taste of the dumplings and their speed of arrival, and after devouring them quite fast, we ordered a second batch of the same.
The Spring Rolls are also worthy of a mention. We had the prawn and crab, and the pork version, both of which were great, and came with a cute squeeze bottle of sauce.
All of the delectable morsels were washed down with cocktails from their cocktail menu. Our favourite was the Iced Tea cocktail, and we were tempted to try many on the list, but short on time we had to leave to our next destination.
There is something about a restaurant where you can order and dine quickly, but not be rushed out the moment you finish your meal.
The staff are attentive and friendly, making us feel comfortable and have an enjoyable dining experience.
After reading their website post dining experience, I realise I probably should have tried some of the rice paper rolls, because apparently, Misschu is known as the 'Queen of Rice Paper Rolls'. I will most certainly be doing that on my next trip, as it will be a place I will frequent.
It also appears that Misschu offers a catering service, and this is how the restaurant chain started its humble beginnings.
If you are after an easy place to eat with cheap and cheerful flavours, Misschu is definitely up your alley.
A huge fan of Asian flavours myself, I am already keen for my next fix.
Misschu is about to launch another product at the new Bondi store- it's called Bánh xèo. Stay tuned.