We set off early with a view to getting there before the lunchtime crush. We arrived before 12 and secured a small table for the four of us. We tried to take a bigger table for more room but weren't allowed!
The small table and cramped seating pretty much means that there is no room to put handbags and coats.
Charlie pointed out that it was strange that the kitchen was bigger than the dining area. I guess the small dining area doesn't matter as much as Miss. Chu deliver on electric bikes and do take away.
Ordering is done on a pre printed pad and then you have to take it to the tuck shop window. We all made our choices and I went to order and pay.
The chap at the order desk called tuck shop was friendly and helpful although he did forget to put one of drinks on the order so when we asked for it and it hadn't been paid for it was a bit of a palaver trying to fish out the hand bag in the cramped space etcetera etcetera...
The salads were a good size and on the tasty side although some extra zing wouldn't go amiss. I ended up pouring some of the dipping sauce for the spring rolls into my dish. I opted for the Lemongrass Beef and loved the vermicelli. The beef was a bit mincey for my liking and I'd have preferred chunks or slices.
I enjoyed the banh cuon which was a hefty portion and with lots of flavour. The one little spring roll I tried was pretty good too.
It's a case of Miss Chu...I kind of like you...enough to try you again after work but not over lunchtime.
I think if Miss Chu was closer to the office for us or to home, I'd be a frequent visitor as there just isn't something like this close by. However, I'm not sure I would make the trip often as it's just not that yummy that I have would do the 15 minute walk., rush my food and then walk back.
Having said that they do deliver so maybe that's the plan. That or go after work for post work dinner.
True to my word, I revisit Miss Chu's for a post work dinner with Stefanie.
We arrive about 6pm ish and take two seats at the long bar. As per the previous visit, it's a little cramped with nowhere to put coats and handbags.
We place our order and the food starts coming out thick and fast. So fast Stef gets heartburn from trying to keep up with the pace. Before long the bench is filled with dishes that belong to us.
The crispy spring rolls we order (traditional pork Hanoi and crab and prawn net) are also yummy. The crab ones have a flaky, melt in mouth coating and the pork ones are like plump chipolatas that are dense and meaty.
We also share an Atlantic salmon warm vermicelli salad which I loved. The rich oily fish and dressing with the bland noodles is really yummy. The Wagyu pho was less of a winner for me. I think there is better for cheaper but it wasn't bad bad.
Drinks wise we had the frozen coconut which was refreshing and not too sweet. Great food, medium prices and I st