There’s a new staircase to head on up at the top of Collins street beside Mamasita. St Kilda favourite Uncle now has a CBD location bringing its take on modern Vietnamese to the Paris end of town.
I was invited to the launch party but will be returning for well priced, vibrant food at a place you can actually book (a novelty for the CBD). Fold out lattice windows open out over the trees on Collins street which is perfect for Summery nights and cane furniture gives the place a bit of a tropical feel.
There are some interesting cocktails including the Mekong Spice with a hit of jalapeno and coconut foam (more drinkable than it sounds) and See You Goodbye which was actually delicious even though it included fish sauce.
There’s great snacking food here like betel leaves ($6) heaped with lime cured hapuka doused in a coconut sauce and fall apart braised beef short rib in a puffy bao ($15).
I loved the sweet brioche buns filled with crisp prawns ($7), lettuce and a squirt of spicy siracha but the tofu banh mi ($6.50) needed a bit more zing to it. Its mainly hits here though with the St Kilda team really hitting their stride at this new venue. Uncle is at its best when its mixing up Vietnamese with other cuisines and styles. Fusion is not a dirty word.
Gourmet Chick was invited to the launch of Uncle.