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Thach's Quan Vietnamese Restaurant

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published September 1st 2012
TQR is AOK
TQR located on Stirling Highway in Nedlands is a popular, noisy Vietnamese restaurant, priding itself on authentic flavours and sincere service. I'd been recommended it a number of times before, but this was the first time I had entered its doors.

The banquet. So much food.


We were a party of seven, and had decided on a banquet because we were all mums and sick of making decisions: sometimes it's easier for someone else to make choices for us.

There are two banquets available at TQR, both require a minimum of four people. The $30 a head includes two starters, five mains plus steamed rice and tea or coffee. The $35 a head has all that plus an extra starter and dessert (fruit salad with lychees).

Chicken balls and fried prawns


The three starters came out together, one piece per person: a tasty chicken ball which was minced chicken with ginger and coriander, fried and served with sweet chilli sauce; a Ceremony rice paper rolls, two prawns wrapped in a rice paper roll with bean shoots, lettuce, mint, pork and served with Hoisin sauce and large prawn wrapped in a wonton wrapper and fried.

Presentation is pretty basic here, with the garnish tending to be a large lettuce leaf and some curly carrots. But I don't think people expect works of art, just tasty food.

Chicken and cashews


The chicken and cashew nuts was tasty although nothing extraordinary. The prawns in a crispy noodle basket looked pretty spectacular, but it was pretty light on with the prawns (about 1 and a half per person) and it is a very messy dish to eat: we were flicking bits of sauce covered crispy noodle all over the place. Kids would love it.

Prawns in a crispy noodle basket


Somehow I didn't try the sizzling beef. I probably was too busy scoffing the fried rice, which is always one of my favourite, and this was no disappointment.

Fried rice


The curry vegetables … well that's what the menu says, I thought it was satay bean curd and vegetables, was the best of the lot – spicy with a little bit of heat, lots of lovely sauce to drizzle over the rice. Bean curd isn't everyone's favourite, but it was the one dish I wanted to take home.

Satay tofu or curried vegetables?


The only thing I had an issue with was the absurd situation where there were so many plates on the table (10 main dishes, plus a large bowl of rice, plus sauce bowls, plus our own bowls and plates - oh, and about four bottles of wine). There was literally no room to eat. We were shifting things off the table onto the floor. If you like to have space when you eat, I wouldn't recommend the banquet. Nor if you have small children at the table.

Do you think there is enough food?


The fruit platter, though unexpected (none of us had actually read the menu) was welcome but we didn't finish it. There was so much uneaten food that we all got a doggy bag.

A bit intimidating...


The big yellow, green and orange logo on the wall seems a little incongruous, reminding me a bit of the Black Panther logo from the militant 1960s movement. I know it's got nothing to do with it, but considering it's not even the colours of the Vietnamese flag, it just jars a little. The rest of the décor is simple enough, lots of hand-painted abstract canvasses, and big fish tank. It's a comfortable, casual space, nothing fancy, but you're here for the food, not the décor.

The menu is extensive, and full of all the fresh and clean flavours the Vietnamese are known for. Crisp salads, warming soups, specialised vegetarian dishes and curries.
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Why? Perth only has a few Vietnamese restaurants and this is pretty good
When: open seven days, 5-10pm. There is also a lunch menu.
Phone: 9386 2889
Where: 27 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands
Cost: Most mains between $20-$25; desserts $7; Corkage $1.80pp
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