My friend has fond memories of the fantastic Vietnamese take-out food she used to buy when she lived in New York. She's complained that the Vietnamese food served in Australia just isn't the same. Quan Thanh had some great reviews for being 'authentic' so I took her along to try it out.
We had salt and pepper quail for entree. It was overcooked, dry and pretty tasteless. I've had the same dish at Chinese Restaurants in Paddington and later, in Fortitude Valley and it's been a stand-out. If this was the first time I'd eaten salt and pepper quail I'd say I wouldn't bother again.
For main, my friend had clay pot prawns and I had the lemongrass chicken - a house speciality. The prawns in their sauce were OK - but pretty bland tasting. The serving was very generous though, as was my lemongrass chicken; so generous I could only eat half.
My chicken was a pleasant enough dish with lots of very fresh tasting Asian vegetables but there was no 'wow' factor; it was certainly not something after which I'd say, "I MUST find a recipe for this!" or "I'm going to have this every time I come back here!"
We went on a Saturday at lunch time and the restaurant was packed. The entrees were slow to come out, but the service wasn't appalling and we weren't in a hurry.
I wish I could say we'd found a great Vietnamese Restaurant in Quan Thanh, but really the best I can say about it was that it was "OK". I don't think I'd ever bother going back.
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