Bay Tinh Restaurant Media Launch10

Posted on February 22, 2009 by ChristieEvents


[Left: Tofu rice paper rolls, Right: Harry’s delicious cocktail ‘Tropical Night’]

On Thursday night I attended the media launch for Harry’s Bar de Ville with my friend Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella. It was at the wonderful Bay Tinh Restaurant in Marrickville which has just expanded to feature the new bar on the top level.

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly meeting the passionate and talented Harry Hoang. Harry took some time out on the night to personally explain to Lorraine and I how he laboured over every dish on the menu to get the taste and texture just right.

His excitement about taking fresh produce and creating flavoursome Vietnamese cuisine is incredibly infectious. This, coupled with his knowledge and vast experience, made meeting and having a laugh with him all the more special.

We even got Harry to divulge the secret recipe for his brand new ‘Tropical Night’ cocktail pictured above. I won’t give it all away but it does contain vanilla ice-cream and the finished cocktail is a delicious mix of fruity, sweet and alcoholic. Highly recommended.

The crowd was a mix of media (journalists, bloggers, PR), loyal local customers and friends packed quite tightly into the space. Although fairly small, the bar has been beautifully decorated, with striking red oriental floral wall paper, sparkling red glass chandelier and wall lights and fresh orchids.

You won’t be surprised to know that what we were most interested about was the food! And we were very impressed:

Crispy spring rolls filled with pork mince, wood ear fungus and carrot, two types of fresh rice paper rolls with tofu and prawns, succulent and tender cubes of beef with pepper and lemon sauce and (my favourite) beef rolled with prawn paste and served with rice noodles, salad and hoi sin sauce. Heaven!

Luckily for me, the restaurant is only a hop-skip-and-a-jump from where I live so I’m looking forward to getting on down there very soon to try Harry’s famous ‘Bonfire range’ where the food is cooked in a special pot at the table. The prawn one sounds particularly delicious.

Watch out though, as Harry has plans to expand, he may be coming to a suburb near you. (Lucky you!)

Happy cooking! Christie x

Bay Tinh Restaurant
318 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Ph: +61 2 9560 8673
Dinner every night from 5.30pm
Lunch on Fridays from 12pm
Harry’s Bar de Ville Fridays from 4.30pm and Saturdays from 5.30pm

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  • A function isn’t the same without you darling! Had a great time and wasn’t the food amazing? xxx

  • Icecream in a cocktail sounds like my kind of drink :)

  • Ha! I live in Marrickville and I wondered what was happening with that new stairway in the front of Bay Tinh. Thanks for hot tip, must visit.

  • the bonfire range does sound good… perfect excuse to get to marrickville :)

  • Menu looks pretty good. Very similar to the stuff you can find in Cabramatta and Canley Vale/Heights which is always a good sign!

  • @Lorraine – Ditto for you darling! ;) Loved the food and can’t wait to go back for a full meal.
    @Arwen – Haha, yes it added a delicious sweetness without being cloying, Very clever.
    @Lili – Get down there tonight! It’s a must.
    @Shez – Absolutely! The prawn bonfire sounds so good.
    @Howard – That’s what I thought too! Except Marrickville is much closer for me. Saying that, I don’t mind the long train ride out to Cabramatta because the food is more than worth the trip :P

  • I wish I had gone. Yum!

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  • haven’t been to the Bay Tinh in ages but will be rectifying that quick smart now

  • A cocktail bar in Marrickville – I am so there. The bonfire range is delish. I actually am a big fan of the beef one.

    Another great place in Marrickville to eat is Cafe New Deli if you are here in the day. Most of the things they make are made on the premises. The lentil burger is addictive. Love your blog.

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