There’s a brand-new Vietnamese restaurant on the scene. Headed by husband and wife team, Namit Mangal and Hien Nguyen, Fish Sauce VietEats sits lakeside at West Lakes, with punters able to gaze out over the water whilst enjoying a meal and a cocktail.
“It’s classic, Vietnamese street fod with a modern twist,” says Mangal. “We’re serving rice bowls, noodle bowls, pho, laksa, dumpling soup – all that sort of thing.”
Six months ago, the Mangals opened Miss Viet, a Vietnamese restaurant in Port Adelaide. Having garnered a positive response, they decided to bring that style of food to West Lakes. Fish Sauce VietEats has taken the space previously occupied by La Adelita, the Mangal’s Mexican restaurant, which has now moved to a different location. With Mangal’s Mexican heritage, and Nguyen hailing from Vietnam, the two bring an authenticity to their food. Nguyen is the chef at Fish Sauce, and the focus is on fresh, vibrant, tasty food.
“I love our jumbo scallops,” says Mangal. “They’re double the size of normal scallops and so yummy. The barramundi is also really nice. It’s fragrant and flavoursome.”
Fish Sauce VietEats also has a cocktail menu with both Vietnamese and Mexican influences.
“We have lemongrass margaritas and lychee martinis,” says Mangal. He also tells me about a Vietnamese coffee espresso martini on the menu.
“We’re very excited for people to come and taste everything,” he says.
Fish Sauce VietEats is trading now and can be found at 74/155 Brebner Drive, West Lakes, Infinity Apartments.
Open Tuesday – Sunday for lunch (11am – 3pm) and dinner (5pm – 9pm).