Thursday, August 25, 2016

Little Vietnam Restaurant and Cafe @ Grandlink Square (Near Paya Lebar MRT Station) [Singapore]

Drive along Guillemard Road towards Paya Lebar Road in the evening from Tuesdays to Sundays and you will not miss the Grandlink Square building, with alfresco seating, on your left.

I wanted to try the Little Vietnam Restaurant and Cafe on quite a number of occasions as i did notice it was often packed with people but other familiar restaurants like Mini Star Stinky Tofu, Arnolds Chicken, Putu Piring etc often drew me away!

It's procrastination no more! For those who prefer air-conditioned seating can opt for the indoor seating although we chose the alfresco seating as it was rather windy that evening. Don't worry too much about the ordering so long you command a bit of Mandarin as the waitresses there spoke fantastic Mandarin!

Cha Gio
Food time and never ask me the pronunciation; i already have difficulty with English and i bet i wouldn't perform too well in other languages. Anyway, i prefer Chinese deep fried spring rolls over the Vietnamese version as the "skin" tends to be thinner. The filling encased (marinated chicken and vegetables) within was okay tasting and would benefit from a dip (thai chilli sauce dip for example).

Tamarind Juice
This unique drink was expectedly sourish with peanut bits that added a nice nutty crunch; do remember to give it a stir but the many pieces of ice would likely make it difficult to thoroughly mix the content.

Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong
The dry noodles i would order every time i am having Vietnamese cuisine; for this particular dish, it's listed on the menu as grilled pork chop and fried spring rolls on fresh vegetables and rice vermicelli.

Down the sauce that accompanied the noodles, give the noodles a few good flips and they are ready for the stomach! Bad thing first; the grilled pork was too tough for my liking and i could only thank the fats surrounding the meat for adding delectable juice that improved the flavour. My taste buds can discern a strong dosage of fish sauce although it served only to intensify the robustness of the blended sauce!

In all, this wasn't as delicious as the ones i had from Wrap & Roll; however, i can sense its authenticity that has no doubt attracted scores of Vietnamese living in Singapore to make a beeline for the food at Little Vietnam. Another factor was of course the attractive pricing that was much lower than its competitors in the little red dot.  

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Location
511 Guillemard Road, #01-25,
Grandlink Square, Singapore 399849

Map
As above (near Paya Lebar MRT station and next to City Plaza)

Opening Hours
12pm to 11.30pm (last order at 10.30pm)
Closed on Mondays

Facebook Page

Pricing
Cha Gio - S$5.00
Tamarind Juice - Forgot to take picture of menu! 
Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong - S$7.00
(No GST, No Service Charge, Cash Only)

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