After much success at their Kensington Street restaurant in Chippendale, Mekong restaurant have opened a new restaurant in the North Sydney suburb of Castlecrag. Bistro Mekong with its relaxed atmosphere and alfresco dining space helping make the updated Quadrangle Arcade in Castlecrag a foodie destination. Bistro Mekong is already very popular with the locals, this due to the quality food on offer, providing a culinary experience inspired by the countries, cultures that rely on the Mekong River as a lifeline. The menu displaying tasty and exciting food from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Bistro Mekong describe their fare as contemporary Indochinese and that is very evident with the Bistro Mekong share plate, which is a combination of small bites with a modern take the flavours of the regions that the Mekong flows through. The share plate is made up of the tasty yellow pancake, the spanner crab Taco, the pork belly in betel leaf provides a full flavour explosion and the Thai flavoured smoked ocean trout on chickpea crisp.
Mekong is also a licensed venue, with a range of craft beer, wine, and cocktails on offer, that pair nicely with your meal. The smokey flavours and chilli kick of the smoked and spiced Margarita was both enjoyable and paired nicely with the share plate.
Bistro Mekong had a range of tempting mains including the Vietnamese papaya salad, soft shell crab masala, Phuket style Hokkien noodles with seafood and the Cambodian beef curry. We were tempted by the curries and having done some prior research, their signature Royal Amok curry was a must. This is a lighter Cambodian seafood curry made with perfectly cooked seafood including king prawn, scallops and barramundi. The curry cooked with strips of young coconut which gives freshness to the dish.
The duck curry is always a favourite and the Bistro Mekong version was very good. A heavier Thai red curry with a beautifully prepared confit duck with pineapple and tomato to cut through richness. We also ordered a side of crisp roti and pillow like milk buns to mop up the delicious curry sauce.
Bistro Mekong a must visit, perfect for a group dining experience or date night. Bistro Mekong allowing you to experience exciting dishes from the many regions that the Mekong gives life to. They do great food and have some menu options that you do not commonly find. It is a little pricier than your usual Asian fare, but the food is refined and prepared to perfection and well worth the extra dollars.
Thanks to Bistro Mekong for the great dining experience and to Cardinal Spin Communication Agency for arranging our visit.
Some photos supplied by Cardinal Spin