A Social Science grad with a never-ending appetite and lust for Sydney life. Community and Social Media Manager @ProjectFutures www.projectfutures.com
Published May 27th 2012
As a student on a budget I am always on the lookout for places that have an inexpensive, but still satisfying lunch and although the city can be an expensive place to dine, if you look, there are a lot of great little places that are happy to oblige.
Rolls on Oxford
Rolls on Oxford in Oxford Square was recommended to me as a place that plated up amazing Vietnamese rice paper rolls and I was told I would know it by the line snaking out the door. Being a fan of the Vietnamese rolls, I was only too happy to give this place a whirl, and fortunately for me when I arrived there wasn't a massive line. Unfortunately there didn't seem to be any rolls left and I was starting to feel as though a delicious lunch was slipping out of reach until they informed me that they would just make them fresh right then and there.
I chose the Vegetarian Roll which has vermicelli, fried tofu, carrots, cucumber, avocado and sprouts and you get three of these babies for only $6.10 - now that's a bargain in my books. The fried and thinly sliced tofu went nicely with the soft roll and the fresh mint leaves were delicious and there were also some crunchy little tidbits here and there, which gave it another texture and were a nice surprise. I recommend getting the chilli soy sauce as this gives it a nice spicy hit. They also have pork and chicken rolls as well as a Summer Roll which has pork and prawns.
On this first visit I also noticed that they made the famous Vietnamese rolls and had your standard Vietnamese pork roll, but also a few interesting additions thrown in the mix. Although I'm not sure what a Meatball Deluxe Vietnamese roll would be like, the Vego Roll caught my eye because unlike many other places that offer only a salad roll, Rolls on Oxford included vegetarian ham and vegetarian pate for a bit more substance and taste. I was really intrigued and vowed to come back again to give it a go.
When I had the Vego Roll in my hot little hungry hands I could barely wait to try it. At $6.50 it was more expensive than any Vietnamese roll I've had before but it was certainly worth it. The roll was exactly as it should be, crunchy on the outside and lovely and soft on the inside, and you could tell how fresh the ingredients were. I know people can be a bit sceptical about meat substitutes but the vegetarian ham and pate were delicious and added a great flavour to the roll. As soon as I had finished, I wished I'd had another.
Vego Roll filled with fresh vegies and vegetarian ham