Modern Vietnamese @ Co Hanh (Flinders Lane) @ Thursday, January 23, 2020
Tuesday 21st January 2020
Table for three at Co Hanh around the corner of the office on Flinders Lane. Three isn't a crowd (unless it's in bed with two pets too), it means you get to try more dishes! Some of our friends aren't cool with sharing, but these guys are.
With red neon lights, exposed walls gave it a fun modern vibe.
A small place it was almost full save for the bar during dinner.
Here they do a DIY Vietnamese BBQ like the Korean one, or more reminiscent of the bbq street food during lunar new year with things on skewers. Sadly the bbq isn't on offer with 50% off via the fork. But there's plenty of options in the menu.
SHAKING TOFU $14 - Crispy wok tossed tofu with soy garlic sauce
This was really good! Would order again. I thought it was fried
(wait isn't tofu always semi-fried with that skin?), so much flavour.
CO HANH SIGNATURE FRIED CHICKEN 6PC $14
There's three flavours and we chose the original fried chicken recipe.
Crispy and delicious, so good. This is a mix of small drumsticks and wings.
CRISPY SOFT SHELL CRAB BAO (2PC) $14
Steamed charcoal bao, crispy soft shell crab, lemongrass mayo
Not sure what's with the charcoal cause it wasn't black, but this was good.
Could have used a stronger sauce like hoisin to fit the theme.
VIETNAMESE PANCAKE $18
Our new school take on this dish. Co Hanh beer batter, turmeric rice
flour pancake filled with prawns, pork and bean shoots
Compared to everything else this wasn't as good. There were no bean shoots and it was thick a crispy edged fritter, nothing like the tradition pancake we love. Also they pop the chili sauce on top and it spilled... I don't do chilli sauce so we had asked for it on the side. Don't get this.
CHARRED BONE MARROW 2PC 14 - Crispy shallot, hoisin glaze & Asian spices
The others loved this, said it was really good with the siracha and
hoisin sauce for a viet twists, though personally I don't get it.
SAIGON SALAD $12
Shredded chicken, grilled prawns, pickled Vietnamese salad and herbs
Idk if these prawns were grilled but they sure taste boiled and flavourless and with and not deveined (digestive tract in tack aka sandy texture). The salad was good, wow that dressing. I love a good salad.
STICKY LAMB RIBS $22 - Chargrilled lamb ribs marinated in apple Soju soy
Hope you bought your wet wipes cause this is finger food. Plenty of flavour and fun.
BANANA PUDDING $14
Warm banana pudding served with butterscotch sauce and coconut ice cream
This is was very good and of sharing size too after a feast.
PANDAN CRÈME BRULEE $13 - Silky pandan brulee, caramelized sugar
My pick, sadly I was the only one to taste this as the pandan is subtle and the others had the banana first while overpowered it.
Food was good, quite happy with 50% off. With 50% off it worked out to be $20pp + drinks! What a bargain. Yes I'd recommend this place, just on food and atmosphere. Not at full price though... City Vietnamese fusion isn't cheap. You're paying for atmosphere.
Service however was disinterested. Not sure if she wasn't listening or just didn't care. It's likely it was both. As she wasn't particularly friendly, the level of service would be similar to typically Victoria St eateries. You are not there for the service that's what it says.
Food was good, place was nice, but service makes me think twice about returning. Though she did get all our dishes right, and the wait wasn't too long, so she did do something right.
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