Vietnamese is fast becoming one of our favourite Asian cuisines. We love the clean flavours, the balance of sweet and sour and their use of fresh aromatic herbs. So tasty!
Let us introduce you to one of our favourite Vientamese inner city spots, Phamish.
Now, we must warn you, this is not a fancy place. There is not a white tablecloth in sight. You will sit on plastic stools and drink your (BYO) wine out of tumblers. But, that all adds to the charm.
Phamish relocated from it’s old Paddington digs to Darlinghurst some years ago and it now sits in the courtyard off Palmer Street, next to Lucio Pizzeria and Universal. They don’t take bookings and they get busy. You’ll want to arrive with your bottle of wine in hand, put your name down for a table, leave your number and head off to nearby East Village Hotel for a drink while you wait.
Once you take your seat on the plastic stool, you’ll be met with a no-nonsense menu of reasonably priced Vietnamese dishes. We can never go past the Duck Pancakes to start and the Salt and Pepper Squid is a knockout. The food has met a consistent standard for years.
Whilst we admit, you may find more authentic Vietnamese restaurants in Cabramatta, we can’t help but love this little gem, plastic seats and all. We hope you love it too.
In a nutshell:
Price: $ Really, a steal for such good food.
Fare: Excellent. Variety of tasty Vietnamese and Asian inspired dishes. BYO only.
Location: Tucked away in a Darlinghurst backstreet, just down from the East Village Hotel. Street parking.
Ambience: Casual, relaxed, funky local vibe.
Address: 248 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
Phone: +61 2 9357 2688