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!)
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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