On the weekends we regularly head over to Marrickville because they’ve got some of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney and I think that Vietnamese cuisine is perfect for a early lunch (or late breakfast).
Our usual haunt is the awesome Hoang My and that’s exactly where we were headed when we came across the recently opened Hello Auntie.
I’d been curious about this place ever since I snuck a look inside while they were still constructing the interior. It looked like they were putting a lot of thought into the interior design and stepping inside for the first time today I was really impressed. It’s definitely not your standard Vietnamese restaurant where ambiance doesn’t even make it as an afterthought.
We were warmly greeted as soon as we entered and the service remained great throughout our stay. Every person we interacted with had a genuine smile on their face and it’s always nice to be in a restaurant where customer service matters.
We ordered Bo la lot, Banh Xeo and Pho dac biet.
I’m not a food connoisseur or critic so I can’t speak with any authority whatsoever, but the Bo la lot, beef (wagyu in this case) wrapped in betel leaf, was delicious as was my favourite Vietnamese dish, the Banh Xeo but the dish that really stood out was the Pho dac biet. You can taste the quality of both the beef and the broth. Having a charred beef bone floating delicately in the broth took it to the next level. This is now my favourite place to have Pho – and that includes places that are actually in Vietnam.
There were a couple of things that could be improved as it felt as though visual aesthetics can sometimes take priority over practicality. The tables (for two people) are quite small and given that Vietnamese cuisine is often about sharing dishes it was a bit cumbersome to have small plates, the dishes themselves, sides, dipping bowls, glasses, a myriad of sauces, etc all balancing very precariously on the table. One wrong move and a mess would surely ensue.
Another, small, criticism would be with the lemon wedge served with the pho. It’s tiny. Too tiny to actually squeeze. So tiny that I tried, gave up, and just put it back. It did look better than a normal lemon wedge in that it was cut differently but it became unusable.
All up I am so glad that we broke away from our norm and stepped into Hello Auntie today. We’re looking forward to introducing our family and friends to this amazing new Vietnamese restaurant.