With all their attention now directed toward this great little Asian diner, Jeremy McNamara and Nhut Huynh have managed to reproduce many of the flavours I enjoyed at their fine dining restaurant RQ at about a third of the price!
On the night I dined, there was nothing on the menu over $11.50, but in coming months (as more of the RQ favourites are rotated through the specials menu reflecting pan-Asian flavours from their travels), expect to see prices up to $14.
Snakebean is a no frills experience with the owners forgoing cards, bookings and (in a welcome change) corkage. Thankfully one bite of the Banana Blossom Salad ($10) confirms that no sacrifices have been made with the high quality fresh produce.
The Roast Eggplant Mash with Spicy Chicken ($9.90) is a sure crowd pleaser... and again, eggplant made into mash is on my adore list (I also had it recently at Efendy.)
...and the dish really sings with a serve of Pickles ($1.50).
The Slow Cooked Beef with Carrot, Paprika and Anise ($9.90) is reminiscent of a Rendang, just with a Vietnamese flavour base (and no coconut I think).
We also what they call Sydney's best 'roadside style' papaya salad ($8.80) which my dining companion ordered hot. And he got it - rip your face off searing heat hot, which is a refreshing change!
Desserts also impress in terms of flavour and serving size, particularly the Banana, Sago and Coconut ($6.00) from the specials board.
Plus it's hard to go past Black Sticky Rice ($4.50) - and this version of the dish is particularly good, lots of great contrasting sweet and savoury flavours.
At these prices, you’d be mad not to eat here! And if you check out their website, they also deliver without a delivery fee or a hike in their very reasonable prices, to a wide range of places. They have a wide selection of vegetarian dishes too.
95 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 9380 8808