Bau Truong (Quan An), Canley Heights
How do you stand out amongst Vietnamese restaurants on the golden mile of authentic Asian restaurants? For a long time, most restaurants specialised on a certain dish, brusk service and a loud neon lit dining atmosphere akin to a disco in Hanoi. Bau Truong is one such operator that has had a change of outfits for 2014.
The interior decor is transformed into a modern Asian canteen with communal tables, stools and bright splashes of pastels on corrugated iron. It stands out. The menu hasn’t seen the same changes besides the cardboard its printed on: all the reliables are still around which is a relief for some and a disappointment for those wanting a pork belly bun.
For a Vietnamese ‘canteen’, the prices do lean on the exxy side compared to its peers, but there is a bit more care in little details: fancy stone ware, freshly trimmed vegetables, extra crisp rolls and smoky grilled meats. It’s the case of trendy clothes for the new season, but same old man underneath.