Growing up, Vietnamese food always meant Pho and not much else, so I’m glad I’ve discovered that there’s much more to Vietnamese than I had known. It’s such a versatile cuisine, there’s something for everyone, and this is apparent when we walk into La Sen, where there are diners munching on colourful rice paper rolls, vermicelli salads, pancakes amongst other delicious offerings.
Traditional Vietnamese Coffee ($5.50)
Situated on the small dining strip on Perouse Road, there’s no shortage of great dining options, but La Sen proves quite a popular spot when we visit, packed mostly with families. And it’s not difficult to see why it’s so popular, with an extensive menu of all your Vietnamese favourites and plenty of fresh ingredients.
House made Lemon Tea
I have enough trouble choosing from one pager brunch menus, so if you’re ever caught dining me with at Vietnamese, I sincerely apologise in advance for the length of time you’ll be waiting for me to decide on what to order. Especially when there’s a menu as enticing as the one at I Love Pho.
It might be a bit of a cheesy name, but it voices my thoughts exactly. I mean, who doesn’t like Pho?
Warm Rice Paper Roll ($7.60)
Some thursday evening ago, we, or rather my parents, were stuck with the problem of where to eat- of course, us kids are only in charge of deciding where not to eat or whining whenever we dislike the decision made. In the end, we decided to go all the way to Flemmington the eat Vietnamese food.
I haven’t been here for a long time but I remember coming here a lot when I was young, and that almost every time we ate here, it would be at the same restaraunt (there weren’t so many restaraunts here before!) It’s been here for a long time but has changed very little- the decor is pretty much the same as it was 10 years ago and so are the people. And from what I remember of it, the food is just as good!
We walked in quite early in the everning and already, the place was almost full. We were each given a menu which had pictures showing all of the dishes which was great but made it difficult to choose as everything looked so good! (my parents usually choose for me……)
Crispy Chicken with Noodles- $9.50
The chicken has just been fried and so is hot and very very crispy and the meat is tender. Because it’s cut up into large pieces, it goes quickly (we each take a piece) and we’re left with the noodles are full of flavour so it tastes great by itself!
Vietnamese rice paper rolls $8.00
The dish is quite decieving-at first, you can’t really see the rice rolls. And it’s all covered in vegetables and chicken roll so it looks rather much like a salad. But once you dig into it, you realise that there are actually rice rolls below and that they are actually very hot. The rice rolls come with a dipping sauce which give it its flavour.
Beef on hot plate $11
The meat is served on a hot plate (or sizzling plate….?). When the sauce is poured on, there’s a huge puff of smoke and the aroma of the dish instantly fills the whole restaraunt. It’s quite entertaining to watch. And so the dish is very very hot (i like hot food!). The sauce is very delicious and tastes especially great with the rice.
Beef noodle soup- $7.50
This is something we order everytime we come here -so I love it. The meat is half raw but eventually cooks in the hot soup. It comes with a plate of bean sprouts and mint leaves (but I don’t like either of them- so I leave it for the rest of my family…..). This is so delicious that when I finish it, I can spend ages trying to fish out the last pieces of rice noodles out of the soup. It’s actually quite entertaining! The soup is really good- one of the best I’ve tasted (although I haven’t tasted a lot)With all the large servings, we leave feeling very very full and satisfied. We probably won’t be coming back soon (because Flemmington is not a place we go to often) but there’s no doubt that when we do, we’ll eat at this restaurant again. Like we always do. Now- I’d usually put the address here. Only I don’t know the address. *sigh*
Edit: Found the adress! =D
Pho Toan Thang
95 The Crescent Shop 9