A great way to start a business these days is to begin as a food truck, build up a name for yourself and then move to more physical premises. Following in the foot steps of Burger Theory, Tammy’s Meat Rolls have set up their own shop on the western end of Hindley Street. With exactly 24 items on the menu, customers get to choose from 8 types of meat rolls, noodle soups, vermicelli noodle bowls and Vietnamese snacks.
The place is well decked out and on par with what you would find at Vietnamese Laundry or Sit Lo. There’s a long communal bench running down the middle, and more benches along one of the main walls and window. The space is very casual with plenty of natural light flowing through it’s small frontage.
Today, I ordered the Roast Pork Crackling Banh Mi. The bread rolls are pre-cut, which has the advantage of saving time, but this affects the quality of the roll. Fortunately for them, the rolls weren’t cut too long before I had arrived and the bread was still crusty on the outside, and light and fluffy in the centre.
As a base, a layer of butter was applied instead of the required egg mayonnaise and pate. It was at this point that I knew the roll wasn’t going to be good. The roast pork was conservatively applied and a little on the bland side. The quality of the meat was good with an acceptable ratio of meat to fat, while the skin was perfectly crunchy, although there wasn’t much of it. The coriander was fresh and the cucumber added a nice crunchy texture. The red onion provided a lovely natural sweetness and the fresh chilli added a bit of excitement with every bite. It had the hallmarks of being a great roll but it just wasn’t there.
The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. The atmosphere was relaxed even with the busy lunch hour rush. Pricewise, they’re at the upper end of the scale with Roast Pork Rolls costing $7. For that price, I would expect a generous amount of filling and an almost perfect roll. They failed on both counts.
There’s definitely a market for Vietnamese rolls down the west end of Hindley Street, particularly in the evenings. I thought the rolls here were good but not great.
WHERE: 280 Hindley St, Adelaide