Ms. G’s was on my to-go list for months. We had planned to go multiple times but it just didn’t happen. When my relatives came over from the USA a couple months ago, I really really wanted to take them here (as it was on their to-go lists also) but things just didn’t go according to plan, again!
After spending the day at the World Chef Showcase Sydney 2011, the boy was going to take me for dinner whilst we were already in the city. Yay for me! :D Funnily enough though, after Dan Hong’s demo, he was encouraging people to go check out his restaurant. I thought we were going to have a race on our hands so we rushed over to Potts Point.
We arrive at a good time, just before the traffic came rolling in. We get seated downstairs where there is virtually no one until 20 minutes later. Thank goodness for daylight savings because even though it was dinner time, we had rays of sunshine coming through the big glass windows/doors.
I love the fact that the table arrangements are that of a modern take of what you get in a typical Vietnamese restuarant. You get your cutlery, tissues and condiments; in this case the sriracha sauce (rooster/hot sauce as some may call it).
Good Morning Vietnam (Mocktail) - raspberries, lime, palm sugar, Vietnamese mint, soda
Having seen other reviews on Ms. G’s prior, I knew that some of the cocktails came in those bubble tea cups, which I thought was a fantastic idea to assist with the asian theme. As a responsible driver, I decided to go with a mocktail. Please note that the original drink is alocholic but I kindly asked the waiter if she could make it non-alocholic. It tasted so refreshing with the mint and fruit. I imagine it would still be a hit even with the alochol ;)
Mini bánh mì – crisp pork belly
Mini bánh mì – chicken katsu
We begin with the mini banh mi that everyone raves on about. We get one of each (trust me, we wanted to order more!). After one bite, I am saying the exact same things as what everyone else is. It is sooooooooooooo good. Cripsy pork belly/crunchy chicken katsu. Pickled vegetables. Fresh cucumber. Fresh herbs. Great-tasting sauce. Fresh, soft bun. What more can you ask for when you get a banh mi? The only negative thing I have to say is that there wasn’t enough!
Salad of grilled calamari, crispy pork belly, bacon chilli jam
Trying to figure out what to eat was probably one of the hardest decisions. We wanted to try everything on the menu! But we were really pleased with our choice of a salad dish. It was so flavourful, thanks to the bacon chilli jam. The seafood was nicely cooked and the salad leaves were evenly dressed.
Nigel’s famous wok fried lamb noodles
This main dish is chosen by the boyfriend. My first reaction was that it was just going to be another stir fry. I guess in a way it was but the lamb cubes were so tender and juicy! There was something added to the dish – I’m thinking it was deep fried shallots or bread crumbs – but it gave it some amazing texture. My chopsticks just couldn’t stop going back to the bowl.
Char-grilled Angus scotch fillet, two sauces: nuoc cham gel & lemongrass tomato salsa
This dish is almost a play on your typical Vietnamese lettuce wraps. The idea is to grab a peice of lettuce, place some meat, herbs and a bit of sauce in the middle of the piece of lettuce and roll it up. Usually you have a little dish of Vietnamese fish sauce (nuc cham) to dip it in, but because one of the sauces was a gel version, there was no need. It was so easy to eat and so fresh! The freshness of the meal is the main reasons why I love Vietnamese food so much!
“Stoner’s Delight” - donut ice cream,mars bar slice, salted peanut brittle, passionfruit marshmallow, dulce de luche
I was gutted I was only allowed to choose only one dessert from the menu :( There would have been no way we could have downed another dessert anyways but that wasn’t the point. My choice for the evening was the Stoner’s Delight! What’s there not to love about the dish? Everything was so good, particularly the donut ice cream. LOVE! The home made marshmellow was amazing. It doesn’t taste like your marshmellows that you get at the supermarket, this one was soft and melted in your mouth. I could have eaten all the components seperately, but it tastes even better when it’s together.
155 Victoria Street
Potts Point, NSW 2011
Tel: +61 9240 3000