Restaurant 88 – Wellington

Felt like Vietnamese last night, but not my favourite Bahn Mi or Pho.  I wanted some more “sophisticated”.  So V and I decided to go to Restaurant 88.  With Restaurant 88 you always know that it is always going to be good.  It has become a Wellington institution in terms of dinning.  Interesting though that they have not really changed their menu since most “restaurants” will change their menu at least once a year.

Ga Xu – Saigon Lemongrass Chicken with Coconut Rice Noodles

I decided to try something different, something more salad based. As when I have been here in the past I usually go for the Salt and Pepper Chicken.  I ate the small side salad first, which was a like a coleslaw but had a more vinegar taste to it.  It was very nice and refreshing.  I then tired some of the noodles and dam they were good.  Noodles cooked with coconut or dressed with coconut, either way they were really good.  I finally tasted the chicken and it was nice cooked and moist and had a very nice flavour to it. After trying the noodles and chicken separately, I then decided to mix it all together and discovered there was finely sliced cucumber under the chicken. Mixing it together was just perfect, it was a very nice dish.

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Muc Chien Dua – Crispy Coconut Battered Calamari

This was V’s dish and wherever we go she has to eat the calamari.  This is usually a entree dish we we asked for a main size.  V loves the dish and was very impressed with the size of the dish.  I tried some of the calamari and as it is always here, very nicely cooked with fresh calamari.  However, I felt that they put too much sweet chilli sauce on top of the calamari and it drowned out the coconut flavour from the outer skin.

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Bahn Flan – Vietnamese Coconut Creme Caramel

This is a very nice creme caramel.  It was very smooth and the palm sugar syrup give the dish a slightly more savoury sweetness to the dish.  The Coconut ice-cream was awesome.  A very nice strong flavour of coconut and worked very well with the creme caramel.

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Overall this place has not changed at all and is still as good as the first time I went here. I can see why this place is a favourite for Wellingtonians.  It has good service and good food.  What else do you want.

Website; Restaurant 88

One thought on “Restaurant 88 – Wellington

  1. Hi there.
    If you are a fan of Banhmi, you should give a try at Banhmi 88 which is a younger brother of Restaurant 88. Thank for your kind review for Restaurant 88.

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