Vit Curry - Saboteur

Saboteur

7th September 2017 5.30pm

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I reported a short while ago on the News page that Saboteur was opening. Sister restaurant to the ever popular Ting Thai Caravan and only a few doors up the road, Saboteur is set to follow in their footsteps – only in a Vietnamese fashion. Styled in a similar way to Ting Thai, they have learnt some lessons about communal dining and there are plenty more individual tables in this place, which should satisfy those who aren’t so comfortable sharing their immediate dining space with strangers.

The menu is set out like its sister restaurant and offers a lot of similar styled fayre. I opted for the Ca’Phi Le, which was a sea bass dish, with a side of roti. My friend ordered the Vit curry. There was an option of a banh mi or rice. Sadly they were out of banh mi so she opted for the khao mok rice. We also got some Vietnamese prawn crackers to share.

Prawn Crackers and Roti - Saboteur

Prawn Crackers and Roti – Saboteur

The prawn crackers came out quickly, accompanied by the roti, so we could get snacking, which was good as we were chomping at the bit to get munching. The crackers were great and plentiful. They were served with a chilli jam. This was a nice change from sweet chilli sauce and was a bit thicker and richer in flavour. The roti was beautiful and came with a chunky peanut sauce.

Ca'Phi Le - Saboteur

Ca’Phi Le – Saboteur

The mains followed speedily. Mine looked virtually saintly with the sea bass sat atop a salad. However, there was a devilishly beautiful dressing of chilli, tamarind, palm sugar and fish sauce. Lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and pineapple kept the dish varied. Tasty stuff. On the other side of the table, the curry was generous. This roasted duck curry consisted of duck, coconut milk, chilli, basil, lychee, tomatoes and peppers. My friend thought this was really lovely. The side of yellow rice, cooked through with coconut, herbs and spices finished it off nicely.

Vit Curry - Saboteur

Vit Curry – Saboteur

Speedy and friendly service, a great alternative to Ting Thai.

Food – 8.5/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8.5/10
Value – 9/10

Overall – 35/40

Would I eat here again? Plenty of times

Cost £26 for two mains, two sides a glass of wine and a Diet Coke

Vietnam House Restaurant

4th May 2016 6pm

www.vietnamhouse.co.uk

I have heard so many good things about this place so I was pleased that we finally got round to trying it. Vietnam House is a smallish, family run restaurant, beautifully decorated with art for sale on the walls. The menu wasn’t overwhelming as it was both explained well and did not offer thousands of items to wade through. We went for fresh (goi cuon) and fried (cha gio) spring rolls and then for mains I went for braised pork in caramel sauce (thit heo kho) and my dining companion went for the lotus chicken rice (xoi ga).

Vietnam House Restaurant

Vietnam House Restaurant

I’d ordered the fried rolls and my friend the fresh ones on the basis that as there were three of each we’d swap one. The fried rolls came with a garlic chilli dipping sauce. These rolls were hot, crispy and full of flavour. I was pleased to see that there was plenty of meat. The fresh rolls tasted super fresh and the wrappers had that glutinous texture which went well with the peanut dip (which I could have eaten a bucket of). We were both very happy with the starters.

When the mains arrived, mine looked cute in its presentation, with two perfectly formed bowls; one for the pork and one for the rice. The pork was soft and melted in the mouth. The mix of flank and loin worked really well. The sauce wasn’t overly sweet, which was good. The star anise and garlic balanced that out. The sticky rice sucked up all the sauce as I went along. On the other side of the table the lotus chicken rice was visually impressive and tasted good. The little pickled side salad that accompanied it was devoured. So much so that she said she would happily order a main just of that salad.

We really enjoyed our meal here in a relaxing environment.

Food -9/10
Service – 8.5/10
Atmosphere – 8.5/10
Value – 8.5/10

Overall – 34.5/40 

Would I eat here again? You betcha! 

Cost  £35 for two starters and mains and a Diet Coke.

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