Like two peas in a pod, cocktails and banhs are rocking Sydney’s Inner West.
Banh—a Vietnamese style bread or cake—is the wonderful lovechild of the French influence on Vietnamese cuisine, giving croissants a run for their money. That’s why, when Chao Ba announced an opening in Enmore this year, focusing on their addictive banhs, we’ve been stalking the streets in anticipation ever since.
It’s all a bit hush-hush for now, but with secrets comes excitement and we have been told the venue, a second to their already super successful Chatswood location, is going to be a thrill. The décor is said to be intricate with concrete floors, rustic timber walls and even a vegetable garden with traditional French lanterns hanging from the high ceilings in a bid to bring diners a unique Frietnamese experience (see what we did there?). There will also be a bar serving an extensive selection of French Vietnamese cocktails—whatever such a list entails, we’re sure it’ll be worth arriving thirsty for.
And, to get an idea of menu offerings, the Chatswood venue’s signature dishes include the crispy skin chicken a l’orange and their most popular banh knot—a crispy coconut and turmeric mini pancake, topped with prawns and coconut cream. With the new Sydney restaurant set to focus on French Colonial styles and dishes like this already under their belt, we can only imagine just how good the new menu is going to be.
Now that’s a love affair that went, so, so right.
Image credit: Choa Ba