Friday, December 30, 2005

Trans, Military Road, Mosman

Trans, Military Road, Mosman
Friday 30 December, 2005

This was my all-time favourite Vietnamese restaurant for many years until I was introduced to Phuong in Willoughby.

I haven't been here for maybe 12 months, so it was time to return. I love the way you are greeted by Tri upon arrival, he's so friendly & enthusiastic and treats you like an old friend. As there were 7 of us dining and 3 that had never experienced Vietnamese food before, we decided to go with the banquet menu for $40 pp. What a bargain...

The decor is traditional and the air-conditioning was on high so within 10 minutes of sitting down we had no recollection that it was over 30 degrees outside.

The food is sensational. We started with 2 entrees - Vietnamese crisp rice pancake filled with prawns, pork, sprouts and served with a bowl of mixed fresh leaves & 'nuoc cham' and the Vietnamese ravioli (Banh Cu cai) steamed rice paper filled with prawns, pork, daikon & served with coconut milk and lime juice and fish sauce. Everyone was blown away by these 2 dishes - the freshness, the flavours and the taste. 10/10.

For main we really enjoyed the Drunken cow - tender veal in a claypot cooked with red wine, carrot and mushroom - the meat just fell apart it was so tender; Curry prawns - spicy curry prawns with Coriander - cooked with coconut milk; and the Crispy boneless duck - served with Gai Choy and other daily vegetables. It was all served with steamed rice and a couple of plates of steamed vegetables.

You cannot fault the food - it was all so good and the 3 uninitiated were well and truly converted by the end of the evening. It is also BYO.

Trans restaurant - 523 Military Road, Mosman - (02)99699275


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