Vietnamese Street Food has been all the rage this year as we see yet another place open in the form of Vietnamese Laundry. Located on Sturt Street, the name of the establishment is based on the former use of the building, a laundromat. While it’s location in the south western corner of the city may be a bit isolated, I see this as a clever move as it’s nearest competition would be from the food courts in Chinatown. The menu consists of all your Vietnamese street food favourites with a selection of snacks, bread rolls, cold rolls, salad bowls and beef noodle soup.
Timber cladding features quite prominently in this quaint little space, both inside and out. The polished concrete floors, exposed brick work and low hanging light fittings gives this place an industrial feel. The white tiling and the concrete benchtop complement the contrasting textures well. While the place is not overly large, there is sufficient seating both inside and out.
The Chicken Spring Rolls were of a decent size. Fried to a nice golden brown, two layers of spring roll skin were used to give a crunchier texture. The filling was moist and well cooked, however, it was a little bland when eaten by itself. The sweet chilli dipping sauce was much needed to make it more balanced.
The Roast Pork Roll was well presented in a cute little plastic tray and was coincidentally the same size as the roll. The roast pork was well marinated, tender and succulent, however, some of the meat was fatty and some of the crackling skin nearly required a visit to the dentist. The pickled daikon and carrot were sweet and tangy, and the cucumber added a nice crunchy texture. The coriander was fresh and the chilli added some heat with every bite. The egg mayonnaise and pate gave the roll nice depth, while the roll itself was crunchy on the outside, and light and airy in the centre.
The staff were friendly and the service was very good. The meal arrived soon after ordering and everything was cleared as I finished. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing is slightly higher than average. The cost of the Roast Pork Roll was $6.50 which is a bit more expensive that the average $6 charged across the city. My thought is that if you’re going to charge higher than average prices, then it better well be very good, which it was, for the most part. The Cold Rolls start at $6.50, Beef Noodle Soup $5 and the Salad Bowls around $11.
Verdict: A pleasant surprise for the south western corner of the city.
WHERE: 152 Sturt St, Adelaide