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Vietnamese Vegetarian @ Vina Vegetarian Restaurant, Newtown, Sydney, Australia
We were simply thrilled to be able to locate a Vietnamese eatery, no, not just a vegetarian-friendly one, but a 100% vegetarian (vegan in fact) one! Located just minutes from the busy Sydney CBD in the bustling and filled with interesting little shops, is a town called 'Newtown', which I can't help but find it very similar to Brunswick in Melbourne. Newtown is a little gem known for all the awesome restaurants, cafes, take-aways, and it is also home to another 100% thai vegan restaurant. I did not get to try the Thai restaurant (Green Palace - 182 King St, Newtown, NSW) on this occasion and will most definitely find time to try it out!

Vina is a family-run business and has the most awesome waitress ever. She was highly efficient in showing us to our table, bringing us a bottle of water without us having to ask and also recommended us the best Vietnamese noodles we have ever had!

I highly recommend that you try this: Vina Pho Bo (Mock Beef Noodle Soup) $12
The soup has a cinnamon kick to the "beef broth". It is not spicy but I would say it's somewhat sweet to the palette - something I have never tasted back home in Malaysia. 5 stars!

Spicy Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup $12
This somehow tastes like the Malaysian "prawn noodle", and is not exactly spicy (well, not to a Malaysian that is used to extremely spicy food). So, naturally, I wouldn't have enjoyed this dish as much as I was told that it is "really spicy". I'd prefer to have the beef noodle anytime.

Fresh Rice Paper Rolls (3 for $6)
These rice paper rolls are filled with rice noodles, mock ham, tofu, lettuce and mint. I felt that it wasn't worth the money, but we liked the sauce a lot. The mock ham added a flavor that you will not get elsewhere, so that must be a plus point for this eatery, though too much of mock stuff is not really healthy.

All in all a very enjoyable visit. I'd definitely go for the Beef Noodle again during my next visit. :D

Contact: 02-9557 0456
Address: 395 King St Newtown, NSW, Australia
Train: Newtown (restaurant is within walking distance :D )

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posted on: Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 3:23 AM

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