Walking into Victoria Park’s newest Asian tapas joint, Neho Asian Tapas, I knew I was in for a treat for the senses—not to mention my funny bone!
The crew at Neho Asian Tapas delight in all that is lost in translation so the restaurant is filled with signs that have been translated into “Chinese English”— resulting in many LOLs among dining buddies. My favourite translations were “if you are stolen call the police at once” and “please present your octopus”.
The remainder of the restaurant is decked out in neon accents, exposed brick, black and white graphic designs, news-papered walls and some pretty cool neon/industrial lighting. There is some outdoor seating, which will be nice once summer rolls around, but I reckon you really need to be indoors to soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Food wise, the team have created a winning menu, focussing on South-East Asian cuisine with a smattering of Chinese, Japanese and Korean flavours—where everything is best enjoyed shared.
From the Hatyai fried chicken to the sticky Korean ribs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something you won’t want to order on the menu.
After crunching on more than our fair share of prawn crackers and nuts we honed in on the Folded Arms In Red Oil, aka pork and cabbage dumplings with a Szechuan chilli dressing, and the BBQ pork salad to kick things off. The dumplings were incredible and easily some of the best I have tasted in Perth—juicy, bursting with flavour and the added zing of the chilli dressing took them to an all-new level—and the salad was filled with heaps of quality cut pork belly, grilled pineapple and tons of bean sprouts soaking up the Thai chilli jam. Deeeelish!
When it came to the bigger shares, we couldn’t pass up the rendang short ribs and the tea smoked duck, both menu favourites. Now, I’m not a massive duck fan (especially after I heard they mate for life) but the oolong smoked duck at Neho Asian Tapas has completely changed my mind. It wasn’t chewy like so many duck dishes are and when wrapped up in a scallion egg pancake with pickled cucumber and plum hoisin it became a real taste sensation. Ribs on the other hand are a firm favourite of mine, and the babies at Neho Asian Tapas were the tender melt-in-your mouth kind, which coupled with the creamy rendang curry went down a treat.
At this stage it would have been easy to forget dessert and order a few more share plates, but my sweet tooth was curious to try The C4—a cream caramel custard cake with Thai milk tea ice cream. Boy oh boy, I am glad I did. The sweet, warm cake, coupled with the bitter-sweet taste of the Thai milk tea was a real winner. I’ll also be back soon to try the Pandacotta (pandan infused panna cotta with salted coconut crumble and a lime coconut granita)!
Nothing can really beat the neon buzz of a visit to Neho Asian Tapas in the evening, but if you’re in the Vic Park ‘hood around lunch time on Friday or Saturday, they’ve got a pretty tasty sounding lunch menu, along with $6 Asian beers. Plus on Fridays and Saturdays between 2:30pm and 5:30pm, you can grab some of Neho Asian Tapas’ signature dishes for a very reasonable reduced price (including the dumpling and fried chicken). Winning!
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Image credit: Nancy Hanna