Located along Prospect Road, Viet L'Amour puts a contemporary twist on Vietnamese cuisine. The ambience was what you would expect from a restaurant, with dishes based on Vietnamese food but sometimes with ingredients not normally used in Vietnamese cuisine.
Five Spiced Chargrilled Chicken featured tender, grilled chicken that had a distinct flavour from the chilli, soya sauce, herb and spices it was marinated in. It was served on a bed of lettuce whose refreshing flavour contrasted nicely with the chicken and the nuts scattered on top gave it a bit of crunch.
The Duck in Brandy & Garlic is one of the more unique dishes, incorporating brandy into the sauce used in the dish. Although a bit ordinary, the duck was still roasted to perfection and the brandy and garlic sauce complemented the duck perfectly. The onion and straw mushrooms, a mushroom grown in straw beds and used in Asian cuisine, rounded out the flavour of the dish and gave it bit of contrasting texture.
The Combination Hot Pot with Roasted Cashew consisted of a generous mix of chicken, BBQ pork steak, king prawns, calamari and vegetables that were all cooked to perfection with its flavour brought out by the chilli bean sauce the ingredients were cooked in. The roasted cashew nuts also helped to give an element of crunch to the dish.
Their Traditional Rice in Hot Pot is a different take of the Claypot Chicken Rice served at Kopi Tim. The BBQ pork, chicken, Chinese sausage, wood ear mushrooms, straw mushrooms and dried lily buds and rice are cooked in a hot pot with hoi sin sauce. It is topped with a fried egg which is stirred into the dish before it is served. While I would have liked a bit more sauce, the ingredients complemented the rice nicely with a bit of crust on the bottom that is typical of claypot rice. This is a good alternative to fried rice.
The steak in the Shaken Steak in Soy was tender and cooked just right and the smoked onions and accompanying salad complemented it perfectly. It was also cooked in a garlic and soy sauce that helped to bring out the flavour of the steak.
Contrary to the description in the menu, the pieces of tofu in the Bean Curd in Chilli Lemongrass were of a generous size and the various vegetables contrasted wonderfully with the tofu. The dish had a wonderful zing provided by the chilli lemongrass sauce used in the dish.
Viet L'Amour has a nice ambience and parking is available at the rear.
Excellent review...with so many delightful photos,I presume 6 of you ate at the same time.Now that you have made me and others aware of this place,I am sure many if us,including myself will pay them a visit.
A new sushi restaurant, called the Sushi Planet,has recently opened on the corner of West Terrace and Waymouth Street and it is possibly the best of it's kind in Adelaide.