Located across the street from Jamie's Italian, Third by NNQ is the third branch of the restaurant to be opened, following the ones at Woodville and Gouger Street. Aside from the usual Vietnamese staples such as Pho and Bun Bowls, the restaurant also offers a selection of all-day breakfast specials.
Their Rice Bowls provide an affordable dining option, consisting of a smaller portion of some of their main dishes accompanied with rice and a small salad. The meat of the Ga Xa Xiu (Red BBQ Chicken) was succulent, with its flavour reminding us of the Chinese dish, Char Siu. Served with the dish were pickled vegetables and a small salad that complemented the chicken nicely. To add more flavour to the chicken, you can dip it in the Nuoc Cham sauce provided before eating it.
Ga Xa Xiu Rice Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The size of the prawns in the Tom Rang Muoi Rice Bowl (Chilli Salt Prawns) was of a good size, with the crisp coating contrasting well with the prawn. We also liked that the prawns were fresh. Topping the prawns was a fried mixture of diced capsicum to add some extra flavour and prevent the dish from being too dry.
Tom Rang Muoi Rice Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For something a bit more refreshing, there is their Bun Bowls, also known as Vermicelli Salad Bowls. The sugarcane prawns in the Chao Tom (Sugarcane Prawns) were one of the tastiest we had eaten. They were juicy and had a good amount of sugarcane flavour. The addition of mint was refreshing and crushed peanuts provided some crunch. To enjoy the dish, pour the Nuoc Cham sauce over the ingredients and mix everything thoroughly to infuse the rice vermicelli noodles with the seasonings of the sauce.
Chao Tom Bun Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)