It is not everyday we get to have Vietnamese let alone Bun Cha where we had discovered this delicious dish while we were travelling through Vietnam last year. All the Vietnamese restaurants in Wellington does not seem to serve this dish, I am unsure whether it is because locals do not like this dish and hence why it is not on the menu.
I heard this new Vietnamese place had opened up in Auckland CBD, offering banh mi, one of my favourite baguettes, so decided to head to Indochine Kitchen for a light bite to eat for dinner. Unfortunately as I had discovered the banh mi was only offered during lunch, so was limited to a handful of dishes during dinner.
Indochine Kitchen is a small restaurant but offers large bench style seating inside and smaller set of seating outdoors. The menu is light and simple and is reflected in its price structure where I thought it was reasonable and affordable.
Bubbles – Mr Wasabit and I both ordered a glass of bubbly to celebrate the beautiful hot sunny day.
Bun Cha – served in three small rice bowls, where each bowl was served with rice noodles, two char grilled minced pork patties, some salad greens and Vietnamese mint. Not only was the dish nicely presented it also tasted just as good as its looks. Even Mr Wasabi who is not a huge fan of Vietnamese food raved on how good it was.
Nem Ran (deep fried spring rolls filled with prawn, pork, vermicelli and vegetables) – I was expecting these deep fried spring rolls to have the tofu skins as what I had experienced in Vietnam. But in fact Chinese spring roll skins were used. There was good flavours to the spring roll, lots of pork mince and a delicious dipping sauce that was well balanced.
Papaya Salad – its quite unusual for a Vietnamese restaurant to serve Papaya salad. and to be honest I have never come across one that does until now. Even when travelling through Vietnam last year I did not see any of eateries that I ate at serving this dish. However knowing that Vietnam lies very close to Thailand I decided to turn my head the other way and order a dish.
The salad had slightly more amount of papaya than carrot. But over all it was crunchy, fresh and light. With the accompany peanuts and fried onions provided the additional crunch and sweetness that the dish needed.
Good light meal that does not sting the wallet. Located just outside the Britomart Precinct which I love as it is not too busy (or at least when we visited). Great service to match. Mr Wasabi was so impressed that he commented that he would return again when he is in Auckland next for work.
Location: 42 Fort Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland