One Clementine, Kingsgrove, Sydney

Guest blogger edition

I must firstly apologise for the what must seem like limitless amount of posts about different Vietnamese restaurants. The truth is, I'm a sucker for good value meals which I am pretty certain will satisfy my hunger and be delicious. 

This cold Saturday afternoon we decided to try out one of the latest addition to the 'Pottery' area dining scene in Kingsgrove. Around the corner from Kingsgrove train station and above the new Woolworths are a number of restaurants serving good quality cuisine at reasonable prices. I'm looking forward to trying these out in the coming months when we feel like eating something locally.

The decor of One Clementine is nice and cosy and although there was outdoor seating arrangements they were packed up as it was much too cold and windy to eat outside. I suspect it would be quite refreshing to eat outside in the summertime however.

Not too many people dining at the time that we arrived meant that are service was speedy and attentive.

Pho tai- $12.00 - Medium rare beef slices with rice noodle in beef broth - the classic dish that I always revert when starving and rushing to order. Here the pho broth is nice and hot and clean (not as much herbs and spices as other recipes), the beef was fresh though a tad lean which meant if you left it in the broth too long it became a bit tough. The noodles al dente. An impressive sized serving as well - not bad at all.

Vietnamese pancake (Banh Xeo) - $12 - my experience with this dish is that it can be a bit of a hit or miss with some places making the pancake too floury or the fillings too bland or some other fatal flaw in the pulling together the components. Here, the chef has done well and it is a hit for me. Thin and crispy pancake wrapping around a variety mix of bean sprouts, vegetables, pork and prawn pieces. Add in some fresh herbs and lettuce, dunk it in the sauce and away you go.

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