It has been a while since we had our “dinner for two”, finally we can make time to meet and I have been craving for a good Banh Mi (Vietnamese baguette) in Hong Kong after my Viet trip early this year so I suggested to go visit a newly opened viet resto in Central.
While there was a queue for 3 , two of us could manage to fill in the last table at the counter for 2, i wanted to try both the noodle and the Banh Mi so we decided to order two bowls of noodles and then a Banh Mi to share, together with some beer.
We both had Bun Bo Hue ($98) as our “main course”, while beef is the key! Unlike everyone is going after Pho Bo for viet cuisine, they decide to sell something differently to stand out from the crowd. A sightly spicy beef broth topped with noodles, some fatty beef, beef ball, a sausage and beef brisket, they topped with lemon grass, fried garlic and spring onion before they served.
I have to admit we are not a fan of that thick cut meaty beef brisket, and the beef ball for us is a little too fluffy , unlike those I had in viet before, that sausage however was the highlight of the dish and the toppings was a key to success for this soup. I guess I may try something else for main in the future if I come back next time, but I would say this noodle was nicely done.
The Saigon Special ($48) was smooth enough, I wasn’t a fan of beer but tomorrow is my day off so let’s chill for a bit with beer:)
I think we were a little too talkative so at the end of our meal the owner came and asked if we liked the food, we had a short chat about vietnamese cuisine and I think this guy has been working hard out to make their production more on the authentic side, he is passionate about what he is doing and willing to take comments.
The bill turns out to be around $420 , oh yeah you can have the Banh Mi in Tim Kee for half of the price and cheaper deal in somewhere else, but for this price point , location and quality I would say it is a place that worth to come.
G/F, 2-4 Kau U Fong, Central