Delicious, healthy, Vietnamese and vegan … yep, it’s pho real.
Sky Restaurant, one of North Adelaide’s hidden gems, has recently launched a vegan menu that goes far beyond the much loved tofu bahn mi. We’re talking fresh, full-flavoured ingredients, beautifully crafted dishes, and there’s even vegan creme brulee!
Tucked just off of bustling O’Connell, the Ward Street restaurant opened in February, but adding more plant-based options to the menu has always been part of owners Mike and Jyn’s grand plan. With Buddhist backgrounds and an abundance of veganism in their family, meat-free cooking comes naturally to the charismatic couple.
Mike fondly recalls his childhood back in southern Vietnam where his grandma would take him to visit Buddhist temples. The intense flavours and aromas of traditional plant-based food enriched by the vivid sights and sounds of the temples has always remained with him. Now, he finally has the opportunity to lay it all out on a plate.
Mike emphasises that “vegan food shouldn’t be boring”, and Sky’s new menu is certainly a testament to that. It showcases strong, authentic flavours balanced with a satisfying lightness. You’ll find dishes like the vegetable claypot, the mock beef papaya salad or the crowd favourite vegan laksa.
What you won’t find is anything overly oily, which is a big tick in our book. When the food isn’t boiled or chargrilled, it’s often cooked using a technique known as sousvid. Mike explained that by submerging food in a vacuum bag in water of a constant temperature you can seal in the nutrients and protein and retain those crisp flavours.
If that’s not enough to tempt you, wait until you hear about the dessert menu. Mike and Jyn wanted to get a little bit creative, so they’ve concocted their own inspired version of vegan panna cotta, and did we mention vegan creme brulee? It’s okay to order two desserts at once, right? And there’s the grilled banana with sticky rice for those who want to keep things traditional.
Sky also has an extensive menu of Vietnamese faves, so of course meat eaters, vegetarians and anyone else is more than welcome here too, making it the perfect venue to enjoy lunch or dinner with a dietary-varied group of friends. While you’re at Sky you might as well sample from the four Vietnamese beers on offer: Saigon Special, 333, Lucky Buddah and Hanoi beer. If beers aren’t your thing then don’t worry, there’s vegan wine.
When it comes to their vegan menu, the sky really is the limit. Mike and Jyn love experimenting in the kitchen and are already dreaming up the next creative combination to invent. Mike let us in on a little secret too – there’s a five mushroom claypot with special sauce being added to the menu soon! Basically, the more demand Sky gets for vegan food, the more they’ll add to the menu.
Sky Restaurant can be found at 131 Ward Street, North Adelaide