1/150 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Dumplings with MissRude
This hole-in-the-wall hawker style eatery certainly has it's fans who enjoy alfresco dining in uncomfortable and awkward seating — I felt like an oversized kid in a primary school classroom. Everything is served in take away containers which probably isn't the best for the environment but I guess makes it a lot easier for Misschu cleaning up. After perusing the menu I started with a Peking Duck pancake ($2.20 each) which is pretty small but had a decent amount of flavour and the meat was moist although sadly you probably won't find any crispy skin. Misschu is probably best known for their Fresh Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls since their tag line is 'queen of rice paper rolls' and the decent sized Tiger Prawn & Green mango ($6 for 2) were tightly packed with ingredients. The medium sized precooked and marinated prawns were flavoursome but only one of the rolls seemed to have the green mango — not sure what happened to the other.
Just as many varieties of Steamed dumplings ($5 for 3) exist on the menu and I tried the Scallop and Prawn. There was evidence of small bits of scallop and prawn although it's a shame it's served in a takeaway box already sauced because I assume it wouldn't stand up well with travel time before going a bit soggy. While still a bit hungry I was tempted to try the Deep fried spring rolls ($5 for 4) and got up to order them from the busy yet friendly guy behind the counter. Unfortunately shortly upon returning to my table where I left my bag and bottle of water a woman (I assume the owner Miss Chu, pictured above wearing blue) had accommodated my seat with her business laptop. After explaining the situation she was very reluctant to move and implied they were two tables together and subsequently slightly moved them ever so slightly apart. The table next to her had even less leg room against the wall so my only option was to pick up my stuff and move to another table without any apology or customer acknowledgement. Since my visit I've heard more complaints about the rudeness of a particular woman which I assume is the same one — it seems the customer is never right at Misschu's establishment.
Once relocated and after a little wait I collected my Prawn and Crab net spring rolls which were served in a take away box with a small bottle of dipping sauce. It was a bit awkward to eat with the sauce since you couldn't actually dip the spring roll in the sauce but had to pour it over, and thus over the other spring rolls. I enjoyed the crispy net texture but they were a bit oily so a couple of napkins were definitely necessary. I'd be curious to try their King Prawn or Traditional Pork Hanoi if I visit again although my preference for a quick tasty meal with nicer seating and decor would be the ever popular Phamish around the corner and up Palmer Street (but only open for dinner).
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PROS: Specialise in bite sized snacks, Decent variety of rice paper rolls and steamed dumplings, Fairly reasonable prices but can add up quickly, Catering available
CONS: Very uncomfortable and awkward seating, Near busy traffic of William Street, One of the staff lacked good customer service, Everything served in take away containers
MUST TRY: Possibly the Green Papaya Salad and Wagyu Beef Pho next time to compare
Fresh Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls - Tiger Prawn & Green mango ($6 for 2)
Couldn't spot any green mango in this one
Thankfully found some green mango in this one
Specials board menu
Basic seating and tables — somewhat very uncomfortable