132 Russell St Melbourne, VIC 3000
Vietnamese food is my go-to when I’m in the mood for a light meal, and when prepared using fresh ingredients, it can be both healthy and full of amazing flavour. This was certainly the case at Ba’get, a small, non-descript little restaurant and takeaway located along Russell Street that serves up an amazing selection of Banh Mi, noodles salads and rice paper rolls for a very affordable price.
These were some of the best and most structurally sound rice paper rolls that I’ve ever had. Perhaps it’s the fact that they were prepared fresh, but the rice paper was amazingly elastic and not at all soggy, which meant that there was no breakage or spilling of its contents. I really enjoyed the grilled chicken as well as the tofu, but found the grilled pork to be just a tad dry.
This salad was amazingly delicious and packed full of flavour from the dressing, mint and fried onions. The vermicelli had a great bite to it and all of the vegies were fresh and vibrant. If I could, I would eat this salad every day without hesitation.
I really like that the bread roll was fresh and not crusty or stale as it often can at Vietnamese takeaways. It was generously stuffed full of grilled pork and vegies, but again, I found the pork to be quite dry and there wasn’t enough sauce/pate to balance this.
I usually hate sugary coffee but this one was surprisingly good, largely owing to the strong intensity of the coffee itself.
Cassava is a root vegetable that acts as a primary source of carbohydrate for many tropical countries around the world, although this was the first time I’d ever tried it. Even though it didn’t look like much, I really liked this cassava cake, which was sweet and quite gelatinous – if you’re a fan of desserts made from tapioca flour, then you’d likely enjoy this.
Ba’get is definitely amongst the best restaurants in Melbourne serving simple Vietnamese food – there’s no pho or hot dishes on the menu but it’s perfect for a quick stopover for lunch. The prices are affordable, the serving sizes generous, and every dish is full of fresh, beautiful ingredients. I’d definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area!