Viet Kitchen: Classy Vietnamese Culinary

By on September 4, 2015

Suitably located in the Nexus building at Central, the Viet Kitchen exudes a cheery and warm atmosphere, welcoming patrons with authentic Vietnamese dining. With 300 masks imported from Hanoi hanging on their walls the restaurant has ethnic Vietnamese décor on display, and traditional music plays in the background creating a wonderful atmosphere for guests.

The ever-friendly Executive Chef, Peter Cuoung Franklin, immediately makes you feel comfortable around him and is very passionate about Vietnamese food, always at hand to recommend his favorite dishes.

Viet Kitchen_interior

We chose to start with the Mini Pho, Spicy Pork and Beef. The pork and beef were juicily tender and presented in bite-sized pieces; while the broth was aptly flavored with Vietnamese spices. The flat noodles were very easy to hold onto, and were cooked to just the right softness.

Left to right: Mini Pho Spicy Pork and Mini Pho Beef

Left to right: Mini Pho, Spicy Pork and Mini Pho Beef

Although slightly off-beat for meat lovers, do try the Cherry Tomato and Tofu Salad. With its succulent, soft, chilled tofu chunks partially dipped in Vietnamese fresh & fragrant sauces and cherry tomato adornments, this refreshing dish comes highly recommended for vegetarians.

Cherry Tomato and Tofu Salad

Cherry Tomato and Tofu Salad

All you dumplings fans, food-orgasm alert! The Shrimp and Pork Ravioli is one of the star dishes on Viet Kitchen’s newly launched extended menu. This feather-light flattened dumpling is made using a combination of juicy minced pork and whole shrimp that simply melts in your mouth.

Shrimp and Pork Ravioli

Shrimp and Pork Ravioli

A savoury fusion dish, Salmon Tartare with Taro Chips, is made from imported Norwegian salmon and compliments the premium Alaskan salmon roe splendidly . The crispness of the Taro chips pairs incredibly well with the superior flavours from the fish.

Salmon Tartare with Taro Chips

Salmon Tartare with Taro Chips

The highlight of the dinner however was the Saigon Shaking Beef. Although some might find its price a little steep, we definitely insist giving this dish a try. The wok stir-fried soft cubes of tenderloin beef are garnished with tomatoes, fried garlic and rocket salad – a classic Vietnamese method of balancing the flavours by adding a hint of bitterness. This was accompanied by a side of flavoured sliced baguettes, baked to crispy perfection in French butter.

Saigon Shaking Beef

Saigon Shaking Beef

Finally, the evening culminated in two amazing desserts, the Vietnamese Affogato and Sweet Basil. The Affogato is a Vietnamese coffee-based ice-cream with Kahlua. The Sweet Basil on the other hand is a surprisingly fancy delicacy – we won’t spoil it for you now! Both these desserts should not be missed.

Vietnamese Affogato and Sweet Basil

Vietnamese Affogato and Sweet Basil

For an average three-course dinner, expect to shell out between HKD 250 – 300 per person. A good idea would be for you to go in a group, so that everyone gets to try out more dishes. For people working in and around Central, do check out their visually appetizing Lunch Set (priced at HKD 98).

Overall, we’d definitely recommend this place to people who desperately need to fulfill their craving for a spectacular variety of Vietnamese cuisine.

Photo credit: All food photos have been taken by our writer Tathagat Sarkar.

Viet Kitchen | Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central | 28062068

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Anumita and Tathagat

Anumita and Tathagat are a true foodie couple and avid travellers. They have been living in Hong Kong for few years and they absolutely love the different cuisines that this wonderful city has to offer. They enjoy trying out new restaurants and often recommend the good places to people. They have travelled quite a lot in the recent years and food is always the most essential aspect of travelling for them. In an ideal world, they would just love to travel around the world and taste all kind of food all year around!

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