Location: Northbridge, William St
There are heaps of restaurants in Northbridge and I decided to try one of the Vietnamese restaurants in the upper end of William St, Lido, for dinner. It’s a large restaurant catering for plenty of people and I can see why as the restaurant filled up in no time, including those stopping by for their takeaway orders. The menu is extensive offering a large array of dishes. We settled on the following:
Pork and Prawn Rice Paper Rolls (x2) $8.50
The rice paper roles are well packed and tightly rolled. The rice paper is a tad chewy in places but the filling of tender prawns, pork, vermicelli noodles, and coriander are tasty though lacking that burst of freshness common with Vietnamese cuisine. I really like the dipping sauce.
Sang Choy Bow (x2) $10
The sang choy bow is really delicious. I’m really enjoying the delicious flavours of the fine beef mince filling. Excellent dish and best out of the entrees ordered.
Satay Chicken Skewers (x2) $7
The satay chicken is a tad dry in places but carries a lovely flavour as too the satay sauce which is excellent.
Chef’s Special #72: stir fried scallop, prawn, squid, fish with cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese mushrooms $30
Service has been friendly and efficient. The kitchen is very quick and upon being asked if we’re ready for mains, a dish arrives on our table in no time. First up was the seafood dish which had a lovely thin but slightly thick sauce covering tender seafood and vegetables. Particular mention goes to the squid which was super tender and juicy.
Chef’s Special #67: Fried Crocodile with Onion, Salt, Pepper and Chilli $30
Next up was the crocodile which looked quite like a salt and pepper style dish. The crocodile was absolutely fantastic! I have eaten crocodile before though never prepared like this. The crocodile has been covered in a light crispy batter seasoned with salt and pepper and served among finely chopped chilies, onions and lettuce. I couldn’t get enough of this dish. Loved it!
Marinated Crispy Chicken Half $19.50
It was finally on to the marinated crispy chicken which was a little dry in comparison to the crocodile which can easily go tough as it’s a lean meat. However, the subtle marinade provides a lovely flavour to the roasted chicken which is deep fried and has a lovely crunch. The flavour is enhanced by the bowl of salt and the marmite like sauce.
Ice Chendol $6
I did have a taste of the ice chendol which was a little disappointing. The palm sugar syrup was lacking and the drink had gone too watery, diluting the flavours I was expecting.
Fried Ice Cream $6
I had eyed the desserts from the start and was keen on the many ice cream flavours available but they were unavailable tonight. I was much disappointed so I chose the fried ice cream instead. I enjoyed it very much and liked the crunchy coconut based batter.
Lido Food Review Summary
Verdict: I can’t say that many of the dishes on the menu were recognisable to my time in Vietnam though there are some typical dishes and also a fusion with Australian produce too. The rice paper rolls were solid though lacked that burst of freshness typically associated with Vietnamese cuisine and the rice paper was a bit chewy, though it did come with an excellent dipping sauce. The satay skewers, while grilled with a lovely flavour were a little dry and despite a delicious satay sauce, a bit uninspiring. The sang chou bow, however, was an excellent entree with a very flavoursome fine beef mince filling. For mains, the chef’s special seafood dish was excellent, providing plenty of tender seafood served in a lovely sauce. Special call out to the ultra tender squid. The marinated roast chicken carried lovely flavours though was dry. In comparison, the chef’s special of fried crocodile was moist and tender and was the highlight of the night. In the vein of salt and pepper squid, crocodile was encased in a golden brown light batter, deep fried, and seasoned with salt and pepper, enjoyed with onions, greens, and chillies. Absolutely fantastic! I did have a small taste of ice chendol which was lacking palm sugar syrup and was disappointing. I enjoyed a tasty fried ice cream with a lovely crispy coconut batter. A mixed bag of dishes, some fantastic, others disappointing. The dishes here are more tempered to Western palettes rather than the authentic cuisine Vietnamese can deliver.
Recommendation: Worth Visiting Again
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