Miss Chu at Regent Place was the designated choice of eatery one Tuesday when I met up with two friends. The tuck shop at Regent Place is just one of Miss Chu’s locations; there are several located in Sydney, including Bondi, Darlinghurst, Manly and Martin Place. Miss Chu is well known for her modern take on the classic Vietnamese rice paper roll, and as I am quite a fan of fusion cuisine I was looking forward to trying some of the menu options.
I arrived on a Tuesday afternoon to meet J and we ordered promptly. The Miss Chu venue at Regent Place has counter seating only, the same as what you would find at a sushi train, so it’s not really good for big groups. The number of seats are rather limited too. I ordered the Satay Chicken and Coconut Young rice paper rolls ($7.50) Scallop and Prawn Dumplings ($7.50) and Pineapple & Mint Crushie ($7.50).
We didn’t have to wait long for our food, and picked it up at the counter window when it was ready.
The unique mixture of satay chicken and chicken was a refreshing change from the classic Vietnamese rice paper roll with pork and prawn, but I didn’t think in any way that it was worth $7.
The Scallop and Prawn Dumplings were tasty, and the scallops were large and full of flavour. However, I also didn’t think they were worth the price tag of $7, and on top of that I was still hungry after.
J had ordered the Lemongrass Beef with Vermicilli Rice Salad ($13).
I tried a little bit of her dish and found the beef a bit dry and tough; the staff had also not supplied her with enough fish sauce. When she went to the counter window to ask for more sauce, the server gave her a dark kind of sauce that closely resembled plum sauce. It wasn’t a traditional pairing for Vietnamese rice vermicilli salad, and both of us were puzzled as to whether it was a mistake made by the server or if it was meant to be a ‘modern’ addition to the tradtional Vietnamese dish.
The Pineapple & Mint Crushie was undeniably refreshing, and I quite enjoyed it. The mint flavour was slightly overpowering though, and my friend remarked that her Lychee & Mint Crushie tasted too much like mint and she could barely taste the lychee.
My opinion was that Miss Chu might be a good place for snacks, but not if you’re starving. I thought the food was terribly overpriced in terms of both quality and quantity and wouldn’t bother coming here again. I think there are much better options for both classic and modern Vietnamese cuisine to be found elsewhere.
*Photos for this post were taken by my friend Julie Nguyen.