24 August 2011

Bò 7 Món THANH TÂM: Vietnamese, CBD Sydney (25 July 2011)

50 Hunter Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8252 7815

Gaining lunch time popularity

Options for decent Vietnamese around the Hunter Street area is pretty limited so it's good to see this place gaining popularity over the months I've been casually visiting. Sometimes during peak lunch times it gets so popular I can't get even get seat (which isn't good for me), and there's a lot of seating available compared to Malay Chinese next door. I've discovered another favourite of Fried spring rolls ($6, 4 pieces) which reminds me of the ones at Pasteur which you wrap in lettuce with fresh mint. The new special of Steamed chicken rice ($8.50) is pretty moist and tender as hoped and comes with soup and Chinese vegetables although missing cucumber and tomato as you might find with Malaysian versions. Only thigh is available so you'll need to look out for the bones. Wish they did a boneless version like Singapore Shiok although I'm suspecting it'll become a popular choice for the regulars. The Grilled pork and spring roll with rice noodle ($10.50) is worth trying although be prepared for your breathe to smell like garlic from the sauce that you pour over it. Vietnamese coffee is available and comes with condensed milk then poured over ice. It pulls no punches on both sugar and coffee taste. A bit of an acquired taste I think but seems fairly palatable — you might like it.

Other visits to Bò 7 Món THANH TÂM:
25 July 2011 - Fried Spring Rolls, Steamed Chicken Rice, Vietnamese Coffee, Grilled pork and spring roll with rice noodle
29 Nov 2010, 3 Dec 2010 - Beef Noodle Soup, Crispy Chicken with Egg Noodle, Pork Chop, Chicken Rice Noodle Soup, Pork Rice Noodle

PROS: Plenty of seating, Reasonably priced, Tasty dishes, Alcoholic drinks available at the bar, Toilets available, Friendly service, Open for lunch and dinner
CONS: Queue for ordering can get long when busy, No windows or natural light, Decor could be perhaps nicer, Tables are sometimes not cleaned of dirty dishes as quickly as hoped
MUST TRY: Fried spring rolls

Fried spring rolls ($6, 4 pieces)

Steamed chicken rice ($8.50) — a variation of the Malaysian version. Ginger and shallot sauce was pretty salty though

Steamed rice bone factor — they only serve as thigh

Grilled pork and spring roll with rice noodle ($10.50)

Vietnamese coffee

Revisited 2 April 2012
Crispy chicken with egg noodle soup ($9.50) — crisp skin, moist meat, decent sized soup

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Chefs and owners Mrs Anh Tran and Mr Phuoc Hoang

Menu specials

Seating options

Ask for a soup spoon if you prefer

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OohLookBel said...

I was there yesterday; it's very busy at lunchtimes. Had the no. 10 set (beef pho). It was nice, except the starter fried prawn things came with this super fluoro red sauce... mmm, radioactive!

john@heneedsfood said...

Yes that radioactive red sauce really is something! I haven't been here for ages. Time for a revisit!

Richard Elliot said...

I need to give this place a try. I've been taking my lunch to work for quite a while now which has cut down on the lunch time adventures!

YaYa said...

That coffee I like but iced - pure caffeine and sugar in action! I've never had a problem getting a seat even if it's a shared one, my favourite is the chargrilled pork with spring roll vermicelli salad.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post! It's always good to know which of the many places close to my office are worth a shot.

Madam Wu said...

I love these understated places. Everything looks delicious especially the chicken rice. Did it have the same flavoursome rice cooked in chicken stock though?

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