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Bistro Mekong travels through to Sydney’s North Shore

The very best of Chippendale’s Kensington Street is heading over the Sydney Harbour bridge to the re-vamped Quadrangle Shopping Village in Castlecrag.

Bistro Mekong, a modern Asian diner and sister restaurant to Kensington Street’s Mekong restaurant, has reworked the concept to suit a new alfresco location and the feel of this vibrant suburb.

Headed by Chef Tiw Rakarin, Bistro Mekong promises to continue showcasing the best of Indochine cuisine, but with a twist. The new outdoor location offers an unbeatable alfresco dining experience, boasting a relaxed, romantic atmosphere with a trendy outdoor courtyard, flanked by hedges of lush greenery and dishes designed for sharing – Bistro Mekong is the perfect spot for a no-stress date night or casual, flavour-filled family dinner.

Inspired by the countries along the Mekong River – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – Bistro Mekong is a travelling feast on a river cruise through the Mekong, sampling all the flavours on offer along the way. With an updated, mouth-watering menu on offer, there are a host of delicious new additions, old favourites, as well as options for vegetarians and family friendly dishes, everyone can enjoy the variety and spice of Bistro Mekong’s unique Indochine cuisine.

Seafood lovers will be in luck with the restaurant’s signature dish of Royal Amok Curry featuring prawns, scallops, pipis and barramundi tossed through a rich, red curry sauce; or grab a shared plate of steamed barramundi, cooked to perfection with drizzles of herbs and green chili dressing.

Those in the mood for bold flavours and fresh hearty servings can chow down on a sensational Cambodian beef curry with mashed sweet potatoes, pickled ginger and homemade roti; Thai barbeque chicken with turmeric, lemongrass, a Southern Thai curry, watercress and coconut salad; or a plate of stir fry with crispy chicken, chili, cashews, onion and Kaffir lime.
Bistro Mekong is a casual dining experience and offers up plenty of kid friendly fare. Keep the kids quite with pork and prawn dumplings; egg fried rice served with Chinese greens; or some Vietnamese fresh spring rolls with vermicelli noodles. Both the egg fried rice and Vietnamese spring roll dishes are available with either chicken, pork or tofu options.

The Indochine flavours continue onto the drinks menu, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions specially designed by Sydney’s celebrated mixologist, Grant Collins. Sip on the rich Smoke & Spice Margarita which contains 5 spiced gold tequila, Cointreau, house spice syrup, fresh pressed citrus, smoked spiced rim; for something with more kick the Mekong Cooler is made using dark rum, Madagascar vanilla syrup, Szechuan chilli, ginger and apple.

Bistro Mekong is open Tuesday – Sunday, all day breakfast from 8:30am| Lunch 11:30am – 3:30pm | Dinner 5:30pm – 9:30pm