Laura and her partner Sarah are two creative foodies out to discover enticing flavours and food ideas. When they aren't tucking into their latest delicious find, they're writing, photographing and designing at www.sarahlauradesign.com
Published December 25th 2014
Sit Lo sits high on our list
Fee-fi-pho-fum, we smell pork belly in a bao bun. Sit Lo is a brand new Vietnamese restaurant on Adelaide's lively Bank Street food scene. Authentic Vietnamese flavours meet western styles in a fusion reflecting the very different cultures of the restaurant's three creators. Their streetfood-esque offerings are what you would hope to find on a busy corner of Saigon, but made for the people of Adelaide.
Sit Lo is the latest hole in the wall to arrive on Bank St in the Adelaide CBD.
Laidback music creates a warm and welcoming feel as you enter the modern industrial interior; the artistic and well executed Sit Lo wall branding caught our eyes as an intriguing focal point of the eatery.
Wheels adorn the walls in true Sit Lo style.
Well thought out spaces with white washed walls and an array of timber finishes complement the overall welcoming atmosphere.
Unlike other dine-in restaurants along this popular strip, Sit Lo is about getting a quick bite, take-away style. Here, you won't find plates and glasses; instead, their tasty morsels are presented in eco-friendly cups and boxes of cardboard and plastic, making it the perfect meal for the mid-week lunchtime rush.
Cycle rickshaws double as cute table numbers. In Vietnam, these are known as xích lô and pronounced as 'sick-low', hence the name and theme of the restaurant.
Our mission was to try some of the most popular selections on Sit Lo's menu - bao buns and noodles were top on our personal hit list. Lotus Chips and the Saturday coco crush special were also specimens of interest. We tried every bao available on the menu, including the specials; there was slow cooked barossa valley pork belly, soft shell crab, panko fried chicken, the Saturday special duck bao, and lastly a special fried tofu bun.
A favourite combination - a selection of 3 bao buns with a side of lotus chips and fresh a fresh coco crush. Highly recommended for a lunch stop.
Taking a bite from each of the baos it was a hard decision as to which came in first. While nice and tasty the tofu did not mix as well with the bao bun as it did with the noodles. The real winners here (they were so good we could not choose between them and decided on a tie) were the soft shell crab and the panko crumbed chicken. The variety of flavours in the small baos make these perfect to share amongst friends. One thing we will mention is there does seem to be a little confusion with their pork in the buns - it is braised so it is meant to be soft and not crispy. Either way, it's still delicious.
The vast selection of fresh noodles and sauces are quick to go during the lunchtime rush!
It was tough to choose between the different noodle bowls on the menu but in the end we decided to try the tofu and shiitake mushroom - and it did not disappoint. We chose to mix ours through with a zingy, spicy fish sauce which had just the right amount of heat with intense bursting flavour. For those who can't handle the spice or fish sauce there are alternative options. This was a great choice that we highly recommend to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Next time we might just have to try the pork belly, or the grilled chicken. It will be a hard decision to make, no doubt.
Here's a handy menu for those keen to try it out. Take note of weekend specials on Saturday.
We were disappointed we didn't get to try the pho, and will have to make a return trip to do so. Maybe our stomachs aren't big enough to cater to such greatness. The pho here is regarded as a specialty and we would love to hear your feedback on this dish if you have been down to Sit Lo to try it yourselves.
One of the lovely owners, Phuong, with tasty morsels at the ready.
For those who are fans of cafe sua da or Vietnamese iced coffee, why not purchase one of their 'make at home' packs and teach yourself with Sit Lo's own personal how to booklet? Each pack is just $30 and here's what you get:
Bag of Trung Nguyen coffee
Beaker glass cup
Our SIT LO coffee manual
SIT LO Loyalty Card
You can purchase the packs via Facebook here or head right into the shop!
Make your own Cafe Sua Da at home thanks to Sit Lo's gift packs. Such a great idea, we'll be jumping on that bandwagon. Image courtesy of Sit Lo.
If you haven't been here already, make a note to do so on your next lunch break or even on your way to work. Whether it's a tasty bao or a chilled cafe sua da, Sit Lo is sure to impress the taste buds and keep your wallet happy.
We give Sit Lo 4/5 Wanders for conveniently located and quick CBD eats which sit low on price, but high on taste.
Where 1 Wander isn't worth getting off the couch for and 5 Wanders should leave a trail of dust in your wake: it's that good.