We went to Minh on a quiet week night. We were after Vietnamese food, on a reasonably low budget, just for a quiet dinner. The al fresco tables were the first attraction, as in a Sydney summer (not that we've had much of one so far) it seems almost criminal to dine inside if you can eat outside!
The menu seemed very reasonably priced, and there was a large number of dishes to choose from, so we settled down to one of my favourite drinks, Young Coconut Juice ($3.90) which is even better if you add Vodka! The wine list is small with low markups, or you can BYO, with a bottle shop a short walk up the road.
Our first dish Beef in Betel Leaves ($6.90) is beef grilled inside a betel leave wrapping. It was a really flavoursome dish, cooked perfectly, nicely presented and very enjoyable. I would say it was easily the dish of the night.
The next entree we ordered is a perennial favourite of ours - Crispy Pancake ($6.90). I would argue that this was not a great representation of the authentic dish. There were few prawns (it has both pork and prawns inside usually), and the overall pancake was a bit oily and overcooked.
For mains we chose the Mekong Pork Chops ($13.90) which were nice, but nothing special.
We also chose a Roast Duck Salad ($15.90) which turned out to be a bad choice. As you can see from my photo, it had pieces of chopped floury tomato (not what I usually expect from an Asian style salad), and average quality duck.
All up, I wouldn't return to this restaurant, despite the lovely Beef in Betel Leaves, because there are other reasonably low priced Vietnamese restaurants that beat the food in terms of quality in my local area. The service lost a little bit in translation, but that isn't a big issue to me, as I feel it adds to the authenticity of the experience. I guess I just like duck too much to return to a restaurant that teams it with floury tomatoes!
506 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill
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