Hidden away in the legal district of town is the quaint, unassuming, Vietnamese restaurant, The Brass Coq. And when we heard of the name and the team behind it, we couldn’t pass up the invitation to sample their menu.
Although smaller in size, the industrial fit out gives it a fresh, bright and warm atmosphere. In fact, the whole place had a bit of a feel of being at a dinner party at a friend’s house, who just happens to be great at Vietnamese food and rolling out the banging hip hop tunes.
Set over two floors (restaurant downstairs and a bar upstairs for the weekends), this contemporary Asian eatery serves up traditional Vietnamese dishes with a twist. Not afraid to experiment with the flavours, all the dishes we got to try were fresh, flavoursome and just the right blend of spice.Some of the dishes included the Papaya Salad, Braised Pork Belly Bun, Stir Fried eggplant and for dessert the nutella baos.
Highlights of the menu:
Nick: “Not on the menu, but one of the nightly specials, the prawns in lime ceviche with fresh coriander and chillies were beautifully fresh and the perfect way to start the meal making me hungry for more. The salt with chilli sprinkles on the side on the plate set the dish off perfectly.”
Chris: “The wagyu beef was cooked to perfection. Tender, juicy and punching with flavour. Who knew that corn and wagyu beef could go so well together?!”
Dave: “It was too hard to pick one dish, so I’ve gone with two. The pork skewers – the seasoning seemed to balance out the sweetness of the pork perfectly and also the stir fried eggplant. The mushrooms added a nice earthiness to the dish.”
Kat: “How can you go past the VFC (Vietnamese Fried Chicken)? Deep fried without the oiliness, I could eat a whole plate of this.”
The other highlight of the night was the professional but friendly and relaxed table service offered by Restaurant Manager Sebastian Bertucci (ex Gill’s Diner). Our We Know Melbourne tip is to let the host decide and get Sebastian to bring you a selection of favourite dishes and match them with a great selection of Vietnamese beer a biodynamic Shiraz from Heathcote or even a sparkling lychee cider.
Lunch: Mon – Friday 11:30am – 3pm
Dinner: Mon – Sat 5pm – 11pm
– Friday 3pm – 1am
– Saturday 5pm – 1am