July 2008

Not so new but one of our favourite recent finds is the new version of Bau Truong (42 John Street, Cabramatta, Ph 9727 4492) turned up by Sydney Eats managing editor, Kerry Boyne. I went on her recommendation and am about to give my own. First, it represents a new generation of Viets in Cabramatta - Laminex tabletops don't cut it any longer.

Bau Truong shows clear signs of the hand of a clever designer with an avocado and chocolate colour scheme and comfortable padded chairs. But, fear not, there's still a  box of tissues on the table but, more importantly, sensational food. Locals know them for their chargrilled meat and seafood, but we went for a few more complex dishes. Two that stood out for me were the caramelised fish claypot and the goat curry, two of the best dishes I've had anywhere this year. Reasonably priced, too.

We've given it the $ rating (2 dishes for under $25) - you could certainly spend more, but you needn't. There's also a branch in Canley Vale (250 Canley Vale Road, Ph 9755 7099). Hint: if you're going out at night in Cabramatta and you want a bit of buzz, go early - around 6.30-7pm, when you'll see a full restaurant. Of course, if you want to be alone … go at 8pm.

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