Get excited, Parnell has a new hidden gem that will whisk you away to the streets of Vietnam.
Tucked away off the main strip, venture down to Nem Parnell to an oasis of Vietnamese-fusion cuisine. Brought to us by owners Nic Tran and chef David Kao, its features an expansive fit-out with nods to Vietnamese culture throughout from their epic spice displays to hanging parasols, the more you look the more you'll find. Out back you’ll find a stunning courtyard spoilt with greenery that’s a must for your Instagram feed.
The menu stays true to its Vietnamese roots while drawing inspiration from both French and Japanese fare. Boasting small tapas-style plates and large dishes to share along with dumplings, sashimi and salads you’ll easily find yourself spoilt for choice.
Start your feast right with the lamb chicory. Featuring lamb mince, lemongrass, pepper, garlic, mint and served in a witloof cup, each bite of will unleash an explosion of flavour.
While you’re at it, give the eggplant pate a try. Kicking your standard onion dip to the curb, the pate is blended with mushroom and shallot and doused in herbs and spices resulting in sweet sensations with a subtle hint of spice.
Our top pick is the beef cheek. Slow cooked for 12 hours, this bad boy comes served in a picturesque pot brewing with ginger, shallot, cinnamon, star anise and red wine sauce. You’re welcome in advance.
Get lit with the (literally) flaming coconut prawn. Paired with mushroom, lemongrass, chilli and kaffir lime, you’re going to want to have your cameras at the ready for this one.
Nem Parnell will also be serving bespoke cocktails inspired by classics each with their own unique twist. Keep an eye out for ‘taste the rainbow’ which features blue curacao, vodka, grenadine and lemonade. Sticking to Dry July? Give the sapa punch mocktail a try for a wicked mix of kiwi, peach and ginger.
With flavourful eats alongside cocktails with a kick, you won’t regret paying a visit to Nem Parnell.
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