In what is good news for Danks Street, So 9 has set up shop serving a range of tasty, tasty banh mi as well as a bunch of other Vietnamese favourites. The interiors are not what you’d expect from a Vietnamese restaurant with light timber features and a pastel palette that just makes you feel relaxed and ready to eat. But you still get that same experience of wandering the street markets of Han Noi with the various stations on display so you can watch as the masterful chefs prepare your food.
Meaning number 9 in Vietnamese, the number is a lucky number in the Vietnamese culture. But we think we're the lucky ones, because the food here is delicious. The bánh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) is perfectly crispy, light and a delightful yellow thanks to the turmeric in the pancake mix while the pho is a sure-fire way to keep you warm. Other standouts include the classic bánh mì thịt (pork roll) or try something a bit modern with the bánh mì xíu mại (meat balls).
Drinks-wise you’re well and truly covered with all your market favourites like fresh coconut and sugar cane juice to keep you refreshed. For something a whole lot of fun we recommend going for the various slushies available as well.
With a takeaway banh mi station out front, and a modern and clean sit down space out back, modern Vietnamese restaurant, So 9 is a very welcome addition to Waterloo.
Pssst... They also do a mean Vietnamese style brunch, compelte with pandan pancakes and breakfast banh mi. That ought to get you down there in a hurry.
Image credit: Jackielyn Powell and Federica Portentoso.