Sydney, New South Wales

Dragon Den lures the strolling crowds of Darlinghurst into its two levelled restaurant with fresh, aromatic dishes for a tasty Vietnamese experience. The slow-cooked caramelised chicken with chillies, garlic and ginger is a house speciality and is presented with pizzazz, causing neighbouring diners to take an interest.

259 Victoria Street
Tel: +61 2 9358 5399
Asian, Vietnamese
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Taking up two levels of dedicated dining space, Dragon Den indeed encourages a Vietnamese feasting session. The restaurant is brightened up with red walls matched to green napery, and while the water feature in the corner is a little pitiful it provides a tranquil trickling nonetheless. Thick-set wooden tables and chairs are quickly filled up with the strolling crowds of Victoria Street, and plates of steaming aromatic food are ferried out at a staggering rate – especially when you consider that there's only one person running the floor.

Begin your tasty experience with some soft shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise, and some of the highly-praised fresh rice paper rolls. The Vietnamese pancakes are a little oily but still scrummy when drizzled with Dragon Den sauce and freshened up with been sprouts and Asian herbs. The bo tai chanh rump fillet beef salad with fresh chillies, garlic, lime juice, brown onions and coriander leaves has a zesty punch and is served with prawn crackers – perfect for using as scooping utensils. The slow-cooked caramelised chicken with chillies, garlic and ginger is not only a treat for the tastebuds and a house speciality, it's also presented with pizzazz causing neighbouring diners to take an interest. A sturdy wine list finds pleasing Aussie matches to the Asian cuisine or you can bring your own grog at $5 per bottle. Creme caramel, fried ice-cream and banana fritters appease any sweet desires, otherwise there are heaps of funky local pubs nearby for those who want to kick on.
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259 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Near St Vincents Hospital, opposite The Green Park Hotel. Close to buses; five minutes' drive from the CBD.
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John Mellor - 25/01/2013
A poor choice for dining, the pho here is at least best average,but not even,why would they display a sign saying "our famous pho",chewy beef,tasteless broth,and a tiny pot of tea $4.Other dishes just ok,decor fine,service lacking.
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