There’s no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants in Marrickville but with tonight’s opening of Bau Truong’s third restaurant, the foodie scene at this Inner West village has just gotten hotter!
Bau Truong’s first two locations at Cabramatta and Canley Heights are favourites among the old and young, and it’s pretty common to see queues stretch out the door at both these venues.
This third one isn’t a replica of the first two successful restaurants at all. While still staying true to classic Vietnamese cuisine, this restaurant’s fun and modern approach and focus on share plates takes it up a notch.

Bau Truong Marrickville - interior

The two storey dining space is separated by an open staircase. The interior is overall dark with loud splashes of sky blue and bright yellow.
As it’s the opening night event, we’re served a predefined sequence of dishes. From tomorrow onwards, ordering will be as per normal. ‘Bites’ start from $8 and there’s another menu for those wanting more substantial dishes – they range from $10 to $38.
We start with nem nuong cuon. These are bite-sized rice paper rolls, filled with vermicelli, lettuce, mint and perilla leaves, and topped with glistening Vietnamese meatballs.

Bau Truong Marrickville - nem nuong rice paper rolls

Next is the muc nuong sot mam, gently chargrilled pieces of squid served with a chilli and prawn paste dipping sauce. It’s tender, light and so flavoursome.

Bau Truong Marrickville - char grilled squid

Following that, we have the mam chay, a spicy tofu dip served with fresh Thai basil and cucumber. I love love love this dish. It is silky soft yet rich and robust.

Bau Truong Marrickville - spicy tofu

Update on 16/09/2011: As it turns out, I’ve just been informed that Bau Truong Marrickville is not yet licensed. Drinks were just available for family and friends at this opening night. They’ll have a small wine list soon!
Oh, before I forget, this place is licensed. As you can see, Zen enjoyed his Vietnamese beer 🙂

Bau Truong Marrickville - Vietnamese beer

Another exciting dish is the cua lot rang me, golden fried soft shell crab in a tamarind glaze. I love the sweet tangyness of the tamarind.

Bau Truong Marrickville - deep fried soft shell crab with tamarind sauce

We also get a sampler of the suon non kho tieu which are pork ribs caramelised with pepper. The meat is so soft and tender!

Bau Truong Marrickville - pork ribs

I have always loved Bau Truong’s colourful salads and this goi bo tai chanh is no exception. Succulent pieces of thinly sliced beef are tossed with a vibrant mix of herbs, onion, roast peanuts and fried shallots.

Bau Truong Marrickville - beef salad

The com chien sate is a scrumptious fried rice, fragrant with Vietnamese sate (a chilli sauce typically made from garlic, shallots, lemongrass, peanut oil, fresh and dried chillis, fish sauce, sugar and salt).

Bau Truong Marrickville - beef fried rice

The stand-out dish for me is this com chay xao tom, prawns stir-fried in a chilli basil sauce with crispy Vietnamese ‘rice bubbles’. The rice bubbles are actually more like crackers, with an indulgent deep-fried crunch.

Bau Truong Marrickville - prawns stir fried in chilli basil sauce served with Vietnamese rice bubbles

And we finish off with a bowl of canh bo rau muong cay, a spicy and sour beef and kang kong soup in a smoked-fish base. It’s more sweet than spicy but leaves a beautiful lingering fragrance.

Bau Truong Marrickville - sweet and sour soup with beef and kang kong

Like its sister restaurants, the number of dishes available at Bau Truong Marrickville heads into the three digit category. I so can’t wait to try them all!

Bau Truong Marrickville

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Bau Truong, Marrickville
185 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW
Phone: (02) 9569 4938
Other locations:
42 John Street, Cabramatta NSW
250 Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights NSW

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JENIUS & partner dined as guests of Bau Truong



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