Short for Tammy's Meat Rolls, TMR Bistro at Hindley Street in Adelaide specialises in serving the Vietnamese meat rolls known as Banh Mi. Also on the menu are Pho and Bun Bowl, a Vietnamese salad featuring rice vermicelli noodles. This place is quite popular with the locals, particularly during lunchtime, when there is usually a queue for their Banh Mi.
TMR's Banh Mi is big enough to satisfy a hearty appetite. The roast pork I chose as the filling had succulent flesh set off by crisp crackling. The slices of carrot and cucumber added crunch and an element of freshness. The sauce used to dress the vegetables had a bit of spice from the chilli used in it.
Roast Pork Banh Mi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The portion size of their Bun Bowl was quite generous. The Sugarcane Prawns and grilled pork in their Sugarcane Prawns and Grilled Pork Bun Bowl were cooked perfectly. They were partnered wonderfully by the refreshing rice vermicelli noodles and salad vegetables, with a bit of crunch provided by the topping of fried shallots. To best enjoy the dish, pour the dressing provided over the ingredients and mix everything thoroughly to infuse the salty-sweet-sour flavour of the dressing into the noodles.
Sugarcane Prawns and Grilled Pork Bun Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The beef in the Grilled Beef Bun Bowl had a charred flavour to it and were sliced thinly enough so it was not too chewy. Much like the Sugarcane Prawns and Grilled Pork Bun Bowl, there was a good amount of dressing to bring out the flavour of the ingredients.
Grilled Beef Bun Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A standard at any Vietnamese restaurant, the beef broth in their Combination Pho Bowl had the degree of spiced flavour we desired and the rice noodles were cooked to al dente. There was also a good amount of meatballs, whose firm texture complemented the tender slices of beef well. Served with the dish were Vietnamese herbs, beansprouts and a lemon wedge that can be added to the dish for extra elements of flavour and texture.
Combination Pho Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ambience is what you would expect from a small café with the tables spaced quite close to each other. Its close location to the University of South Australia's City West campus makes it a convenient place for staff and students to drop by for a taste of Vietnamese cuisine.