Bang Tang‘s name has some pizazz to it, and so does this restaurant. As we approach the restaurant on Victoria Street in Potts Point, we hear the vibe, with some funky tunes pumping from the speakers. The Asian inspired restaurant stands out in its location with the small bright pink neon sign which contrasts the drab brick apartment block that sits above. Bang Tang is quaint restaurant with more seating outdoors than in, but it’s all good since they have blankets and outdoor heaters and an awning just in case. It has very much a fun street eat feel.
We are greeted on arrival by the super friendly staff. Tom the owner is super passionate about food and has paired up with Nat the chef, to create an awesome Asian inspired menu with flavours from Thailand, Japan, Burma and Vietnam. The food is super fresh and all meals are created from scratch, including the sauces. The menu is seasonal and rotates, changing every couple of months, to keep things interesting.
They do one of the best mixed entrees around. Their cigar roll, a spring roll so tasty that sauce is not needed. The cigar rolls are filled with glass noodles and a good hit of spice including lemongrass. The gyoza are fried and have tasty filling with a nice ginger flavour, they come with a soy and sesame dipping sauce. The tuna croquettes are amazeballs literally, deep fried tuna balls and packed with plenty of flavour.
The “satay tune” or grilled turmeric chicken with lightly pickled cucumber is a must. The bang tang dipping sauce is to die for, a rich satay sauce with nice hint of keffir lime.
A great summer dish is the smoked trout from snowy mountains, which is custom smoked for Bang Tang. A Thai inspired vermicelli salad with beautiful fresh herbs; mint and coriander also fennel, plenty of chilli fresh lime, salt, tamarind and palm sugar. For added texture, they have some crunch with fried shallots and peanut. This is topped with the delicious fresh smoked trout that melts in your mouth. A cracking dish!
The Bang Broth, a herbal soup inspired by pho, with fresh herb and chicken bones cooked for over 10hrs. The broth was very impressive, a great depth of flavour and was served with a generous amount of chicken, bean sprouts, fresh herbs and came with some delicious rolls of rice noodles.
There’s plenty of options for those with dietary requirements and staff are more than happy to assist.
Bang Tang is a great restaurants in Potts Point, the atmosphere is fun, the staff friendly, the meals are a generous size, and they are packed full of flavour. We will certainly be back.
2 /145 Victoria St, Potts Point