Remember when I was raving about Red Lotus? Now we have a new favourite Vietnamese restaurant – Viet De Lites in South Bank. It’s farther from our home, but worth the walk. Food and coffee are as good as in Red Lotus, but prices are lower and longer walk means more calories burnt.
We went there couple of times already with some of our friends and each time they delivered tasty & fresh food, good service and nice atmosphere.
I was always very sceptic about dining in South Bank, feeling like it was overpriced and targeted at tourists. But it looks like my mind is about to change as we visit more and more restaurants there and each time they prove me wrong and Viet De Lites played a big part in convincing me.
There is no intimacy and not much space to move around but it seems that was the concept of bringing Vietnamese communal dining to Brisbane. You can read on their website: Communal dining is very common in Vietnam. Viet de Lites would like to introduce this concept in South bank, to create an atmosphere where strangers can meet and become friends over good food and wine.
What I like about Vietnamese food the most is a load of fresh veggies, flavours that are not overpowered by too much chilli and the vibrant colours. Rice paper rolls are usually the best way to check how fresh the ingredients are – you want to hear a crunch when you bite into it. We tried both rice paper ($9.90/4) and spring ($7.90/4) rolls. They both were good but I prefer the lighter rice paper rolls.
When it comes to mains the choice is easy (at least for pho addicts) – a big bowl of Pho ($13.90 for beef and spicy beef version) and it’s one of the best I had in Brisbane so far. But sometimes I like to pick something more different and little bit fancy and found their vegetarian (and gluten free) dish Bi Xao Dua – Coconut Pumpkin ($17.90) to be a great one for one of those ” I want something new and unusual” kind of days.
One other thing I can’t skip while I’m in any Vietnamese place is an ice coffee (brown – with condensed milk $4.90 or black – without milk $4.50). And love when they serve it with that little filter that sits on top of the cup. In Viet De Lites coffee isn’t strong and comes with lots of very sweet condensed milk. For me it’s almost like a dessert so I don’t need a sweat treat after dinner there.
Constant quality, great flavours and convenient location means we’ll be frequent guests.