Time for another foodie review! B, H and I visited Than Nuong a few months back when I was still pregnant so first of all, just a quick thank you to David at Than Nuong for being so understanding of why my blog review is so delayed!! Secondly, I’ve put in my title ‘an authentic twist’ which might sound a bit contradictory but what I mean is that it’s not like any other Vietnamese restaurant I’ve visited in Brisbane. Than Nuong offers food that reminds me of when we were in Vietnam so it’s a twist for the Brisbane Vietnamese food scene and isn’t just your stock standard curry, spring roll and stir-fry offerings.
We were invited to dine at Than Nuong in Woolloongabba and arrived bright and early as we were dining with a toddler. Staff very kindly brought H an activity pack which he absolutely loved – a great little touch that was very much appreciated by toddler and parents! Sure, he was done and dusted in a matter of minutes but those were some very good distracted minutes!
We started with the mixed entrée which on the menu, said it came with an entrée salad and dipping sauce. The only salad I saw was some lettuce underneath one of the tasters and no dipping sauce. I don’t think either of them was needed, however would advise not putting it on the menu if it’s not served. Interestingly, some of items that came on our mixed entrée plate were not listed on the regular entrée menu. Having said that, everything on the plate was delicious and the size was generous, especially for the price. Each item was really delicious and I loved the variety on offer.
There was some confusion over our drinks. The beer B ordered wasn’t available – not a problem, he happily chose something else. I ordered a large sparkling water, as listed on the drinks menu. While B’s second beer choice appeared after a while, my drink was no where to be found. We queried it with staff who informed us that they had run out and were just ducking off to buy some more. I am not precious, however would advise just letting us know this rather than leave us wondering if they had forgotten our order. A little while longer we were told they weren’t able to buy any sparkling water and would I like to order something else. I don’t drink soft drink and couldn’t drink alcohol due to being pregnant so decided against it. I then noticed there was soda water in the drinks fridge. I asked staff if I could have one of them (as it’s basically the same as sparkling water) and found it a little odd that they didn’t offer this as an obvious alternative. I realise this does make me seem a little petty which I promise I’m not, I just wanted to be completely honest with my review.
For mains, B ordered the wagu beef steak rice plate. He really loved his meal. The steak was beautifully cooked, tasty salad, well balanced dipping sauce and nice fluffy rice.
I chose the make your own rice paper rolls with chilli and coriander pork. I love the concept of making your own, they’re one of my favourite foods so I was thrilled to find this on the menu. The pork was well cooked and had a great charcoal flavour to it which I loved, however I couldn’t detect any chilli or much coriander. That’s not to say it wasn’t delicious, because it was, I just didn’t think it tasted of what was listed on the menu. The additions with the rice paper rolls were great – plenty to choose from, lovely fresh herbs, tasty noodles and nice salad additions. I really enjoyed my meal and it was extremely generous – more than I could eat but B was more than happy to help me finish the last few!
We had a good meal at Than Nuong, however a few minor tweaks to service could be made to make it a little sleeker. Also, a little more attention to detail on the menu is needed to make the delicious food even better. There are just a few little things needed to improve to make this place really stand out. It’s not your average Vietnamese restaurant, they’re on to a good thing here.
Than Nuong is in Woolloongabba in Brisbane. You can find out more on their website at thannuongrestaurant.com.au/
We were guests of Than Nuong and would like to thank David and the team for having us.