Viet De Cuisine is Tauranga’s newcomer to the dining precinct, recently replacing one of The Strand’s older players. This restaurant adds authentic Vietnamese flavours to the already blossoming range of exotic fares on the CBD’s main food street. With a penchant for the ‘delish’ and beautifully presented meals, we couldn’t resist hosting our Ladies At Lunch event at this intriguing fresh space.
Walking into Viet De Cuisine the bold red walls and giant braided lanterns create an eclectic Asian vibe. It’s a great place to have a quick lunch or the perfect spot for a romantic dinner after dusk.
Owners David Duc (chef) and Nick Nguyen (manager) are completely in their element when it comes to the food industry. After launching the successful ‘Asian Ruby Vietnamese Fusion’ restaurant in Auckland a year ago, they decided to expand their business to Tauranga. Mesmerized by the mild weather and friendly community of our town, they say it was a natural choice.
“The reception of people since the opening day has been exceptional. We’re booked out almost every single night,” says Nick. “We already have regulars coming in each week to try new dishes or to indulge in their favourites once again.”
With a menu catering for both street food and traditional fare, there’s a lot to choose from. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Vietnamese eatery without the ‘Pho’, and Nick says it’s one of the main hits. Though we didn’t try pho that day, three of the ladies chose another popular option, Boat Fish, a visually artistic dish that tantalised the taste buds with mouthwatering Tarakihi marinated in galangal, lemongrass, turmeric and chilli and served with mixed herbs, rice noodles and a special yummy sauce.
The menu extends to Grilled Pork Belly Slice, Crispy Chicken Dumplings and Fried Prawns coated in almonds and dried coconut meat. Vegetarians will certainly enjoy the Mushroom Spring Rolls with bean sprouts or the Slow Cooked Kumara Curry with rice. Make sure you leave room for a creamy and rich Coffee Panna Cotta!
It can sometimes be difficult to find a place to dine out that’s not ‘the same old’ in Tauranga, so we’re welcoming Viet de Cuisine with open arms.