Went along to Chopsticks again recently and, as with each visit I have had here, confirmed the quality and value of the food being turned out from this, in my opinion, the best Vietnamese restaurant in Northbridge – on this occasion we sat out the front in their little al fresco area to catch the warm sun.
In the al fresco area you need to order and pay inside – I guess they must have suffered a few runaways in the past so it seems reasonable to take this precaution.
And still, despite the illusion set by displayed spirit and wine bottles, they are unlicensed; BYO is fine and they do supply very good stemware and ice buckets.
The menu is extensive with a plenty of choices of chicken, seafood, pork, vegetarian, beef, as well as soups, noodle dishes and salads. And as with most Asian restaurants, the food is designed to share and that is what we did.
Between the two we chose three mains – and that proved a little too much – so bring a good appetite.
First off, Szechwan tofu – a huge and colourful bowl of silken tofu in a chilli based sauce along with crunchy lightly cooked vegetables – broccoli, capsicum, spring onion, zucchini, carrot, red chilli and more – nice chilli boost, the flavours and contrasting textures were sublime. But very big serve and despite a valiant struggle could not finish it.
Then, satay squid – a plate of tender squid cooked in a mild Chinese style satay sauce along with crunchy cauliflower, white and red onion, spring onions, and thin strips of beetroot.
And finally, a wonderful dish of razor clams in chilli and coconut sauce – a host of these strange looking molluscs in a zesty and creamy sauce, with dried chilli adding a zip and zing.
Chopsticks is a beautifully set up place with great décor and this is reflected in the quality of the food and service. It really is a must if you enjoy Vietnamese, or indeed any Asian, food. But bring an appetite too – the serves are more than generous!