The inner eastern suburb of Marrickville is slowly growing in popularity as a foodie’s destination, with cafes like Coffee Alchemy and Double Roasters leading the way.
However, it’s always been known as the place to go for delicious Vietnamese food.
With the final birthday of the year rolling around (Happy Birthday Dad!), we turned to the trusty area to deliver the goods.
A quick Google search revealed Yen for Viet. With a high rating and good reviews, we were sold.
We started with rice paper rolls and their famed crispy pancake.
Both were light, fresh and full of goodiness. The pancake was particularly delicious – crispy on the outside and packed full of flavour on the inside.
For the mains, I chose a chicken pho.
It was fragrant, filling without being heavy and beautifully refreshing.
Others ordered the caramelised pork in a pot;
a beef curry;
five spiced beef noodle soup;
and garlic and chilli chicken.
Everyone was pleased with their meals but not blown away. Perhaps it was what they ordered – but the expectations were high after the entrees. My brother thought the five spiced beef noodle soup would be more pho-like, but still enjoyed it.
The decor is simple but lovely and the service was very attentive. There was a bit of an awkward gap between dishes for our mains, with our soups coming out well before the other dishes, but it didn’t affect our experience.
Yen for Viet offers simple and fresh Vietnamese food at a very good price. It wasn’t the best we’ve had (turn to Simply the Best in Five Dock for that), but if pho is what you are looking for, it will definitely do the job.