Huong Viet opened in the redeveloped Bassendean shopping centre earlier this year. It sits across the car park from the shopping centre with a view from its large windows towards Bassendean Oval (not an attractive sight unless West Perth are playing there), but inside it is all clean lines, well lit, open, brightly painted, a little water feature burbling away near the rear doors.
Lady FWO and I went along for an evening meal the other day and we were welcomed at the door, shown to our seats, brought water and tea.
We had a bottle of rosé (of course) and glasses were delivered as well.
The menu is extensive – over 150 dishes on offer, ranging across Chinese and Vietnamese recipes in the main. From these we settled on a dish of rice noodles with seafood, satay prawns, and a blast from our past – sweet and sour fish; steamed rice completed the order.
The flat rice noodles were smothered in fish, prawns, crab extender, scallops, crisp vegetables and a gently spiced sauce. It was well presented, full of seafood flavours, everything cooked al dente with a good crunch to the bite. It was a substantial dish and very enjoyable.
Satay prawns – Chinese style rather than Malay – were gently cooked to retain firmness, sweetly fleshed, and the spice mix full of chilli and peanut elements. Again a good portion and well cooked.
Our final dish, something I have had not eaten for many a year, was brightly coloured – pink almost – a large number of battered, fried fillets of fish, moist and tender, and the accompanying sauce had a sharp, vinegar sourness to offset sweeter tones running through it.
This is a pleasant little restaurant – well situated, extended opening hours, friendly and welcoming, and turning out well cooked Asian food, nothing particularly innovative, but enjoyable nonetheless, and looks to have a bright future. We will certainly be back to try more of the range on offer.