Pho for breakfast, grilled pork, Vietnamese coffee… we are quite in love with Vietnamese food having holidayed in Vietnam back in 2011 and we love Luke Nguyen, the “celebrity” chef most people would be familiar with based on his shows on SBS and stints on Masterchef. Luke is one of those chefs from the South who has chosen to extend his restaurant base up north to Queensland, opening up Fat Noodle in the Treasury Casino late last year. It has been one of the many restaurants we hadn’t gotten around to eating at, until I had a pho craving recently and we decided that meant it was a good time to visit.
We certainly aren’t ones to regularly step foot into the casino, and I don’t think we’ve eaten at a restaurant there for many years, back when the location of Fat Noodle was the old Cafe 21. As I don’t recall the food at that establishment was anything special, Fat Noodle does indeed seem a big step up.
We were seated quite quickly and immediately presented with a lovely pot of Jasmine tea, but as we felt like a cold drink, L ordered a Kirin and I decided to have a Ginger Lemonade which was immensely refreshing and served in a large tall glass with plenty of ice. I was thirsty and downed it like the guy in the Solo ads.
Anyone who has eaten in an Asian restaurant knows that dishes comes out as they are made and not necessarily in order, so whilst we ordered a starter of Grilled Pork Neck Skewers with vermicellli and herbs, they actually came out after my ‘main’ did. The skewers were so juicy and flavoursome, we had to fight over the third one and ended up splitting it.
I went with the Fat Pho Noodles, Luke Nguyen’s version of the traditional beef noodle soup slurped by millions in Vietnam each day. I’d heard that Fat Noodle’s version was bland, but I found it actually quite full of flavour, though instead of being a quite clear broth it was more of a dense colour. The broth did taste incredibly sweet though, and even after I had added the usual basil, chilli and huge squeeze of lemon, I was not able to get any of these flavours coming through, the broth still just tasted sweet. It was extremely flavoursome though and I did enjoy it, although the noodles weren’t particularly plentiful.
L’s Mee Goreng was quite a big serve, yellow singapore noodles were tossed through with sambal sauce and a plentiful amount of octopus, chicken and prawns. L does prefer his food on the spicy side, and found this Mee Goreng to be quite mild, so helped himself to the chilli available on the table.
Whilst the food was enjoyable, the dishes are far more expensive here than they would be at any other usual Asian eatery. My bowl of pho was $18 which most will agree is quite hefty. Clearly diners are paying for the atmosphere, the Luke Nguyen name, and the premium of eating in the casino. I do think the restaurant is a great addition to the CBD though!
CFat Noodle Treasury Casino 130 William St Brisbane CBD Ph 07 3306 8888 Open 7 days, Lunch, Dinner and Late www.treasurybrisbane.com.au/Dining/Pages/Fat-Noodle