I was inspired to try a restaurant at Canley Heights by Phuoc'n Delicious' Twelve Spices review; here is a suburb that I live 10 minutes away from, has a plethora of asian restaurants, but which I've never even set foot in. In a bid to remedy this travesty, the next time Mary and her little lamb Paul asked me out for lunch, I immediately suggested a trip along Canley Vale Rd. Imagine my dismay when I realised I'd forgotten my camera! Luckily, Paul graciously allowed me to used his.
When we entered the restaurant, we immediately noticed the modern decor: the colours adorning the walls were bold red and contrasting white, the furniture was a dark wood, and the crockery was plain, white and large.
We were shown to our seats by a smiling waitress, and given menus. The menu is very extensive, and it took about 10 - 15 minutes for us to decide what to order. While we were perusing, we were given jasmine tea:
We ordered, and our drinks came first. Paul and Mary got coke and fanta ($3 each), and I asked for something I'd never seen before, a Custard Apple Fruit Shake.
Custard Apple Fruit Shake, $4.00
The fruit shake was brought out, and it was perfectly white. The liquid was thick and light, and the flavour was a very subtle sweetness with a hint of custard apple. Very refreshing!
This was the dish that Mary ordered, and we knew straight away that she liked it (our Mary is a very fussy eater). The chicken was tender, and the skin of it was practically crackling, the way it crunched in the mouth. The tomato rice was fragrant with coriander, and rich with fresh tomato flavour.
The beef pho was flavoursome and rich. There wasn't much beef in the soup, about 5 or 6 very thin slices, but they were incredibly tender and melted in the mouth. The noodles were thin, and cooked so that they were very soft. The broth itself was a simple clear beef broth, but it was elevated by the freshness of the spring onion, and bean sprouts gave the dish a bit of a crunchy texture.
Paul, the ever adventurous, decided to try the dish mysteriously labelled 'Special Steak', and he was actually pretty lucky! Out came a dish with an assortment of things he liked to eat. Particularly noteworthy was the actual steak, which was served well done but still tender, and the fried egg, crispy on the edges and gooey in the middle.
Bau Truong was pretty good in terms of food and service, and the decor made it a pleasant place to be. With a massive range of dishes at pretty low prices, it's a place I can go back to over and over and never have a repeated experience.
Shop 250, Canley Vale Rd
Canley Heights, NSW
Phone: (02) 9755 7099