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Vietnam Kitchen

449 Pulteney Street,
Adelaide SA 5000
Tel : +61 8 8232 7773
Fax : +61 8 8232 7774
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$$
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Expect anything but tradition when you step into Vietnam Kitchen - this popular Adelaide CBD eatery sneaks Chinese and Thai dishes into its menu and serves them in sleek, contemporary surrounds. Loved by all for its fresh flavours, generous serves and reasonal prices, Vietnam Kitchen is great for a casual weekday lunch and serves an elaborate menu, so there's always something new to try.

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Minutes walk from the south parklands and Adelaide-Himeji Japanese garden.

Humble sounding in name only, this eatery is rich in design with dark timber finishes, slate tiled floor and sophisticated feature walls. It is lit with petite red lanterns and shell-like twirly-wirlies hanging aglow from the ceiling. An intimate space, it has generously padded chairs which welcome comfort. Its concertina window opens onto Pulteney Street, with outdoor tables for sunny, sidewalk dining. The frosted glass panel entrance is stencilled with lotus flowers. They continue on the main wall and are reflected in the mirrored one opposite. Owners chef Tuan and his (pretty as a lotus flower) wife Loan, are at hand to make your visit a personable one. Like the decor, their food moves away from typical Vietnamese. It is a mix of Asian flavours, not for purists looking for an entirely traditional card.

Tuan is proud of his cold rolls, “you won’t find small shrimp in them,” he assures, “ I use sliced whole prawns. When you look at them, you will want to eat them!” He is right. Upon sight, the translucent skins of the rolls are plumped with iceberg lettuce, bean sprouts and fragrant mint. Halved prawns run their length. It is the dipping sauce, however, that makes this dish memorable with hot, sweet and sour flavours. “Wet” dim sims are large, moist meatballs of minced chicken, carrot, onion and chestnut in a light tomato broth. The beaut part is the deliciously sinful stick of fried dough (Chinese bread) that they come with. It is meant for dunking, if it makes it that far. It is shamefully easy to polish off – very quickly – by itself. Salt and pepper soft shell crab, roast pork hotpot and barramundi with Vietnam sauce offer variety in mains. Desserts feature a rainbow of Vietnamese jellies with sweet beans and coconut.

Roz Taylor
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Really first rate. I recommend asking them what is the day's special. I doubt you will be disappointed. Great wonton soup. Also, nice cosy atmosphere and staff who want to  26/08/2012

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A real hidden gem in the city! Soft Shell Crab is amazing! a beautiful little restaurant with great food and friendly staff! definatly a must try! This is now our regular Vietnamese favourite!review  11/08/2012

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Great service and large servings but unfortunately fairly standard Chinese take-away style  09/11/2011

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