April 09, 2014

Tan Viet, Eastwood

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Tan Viet has been synonymous with crispy chicken for quite some time, and with good reason! With outlets at Cabramatta and Canley Heights, they provide chicken that is crispy not crispy because of any 'aids' like batters or breadcrumbs, but from it's own...chickenyness.

Naturally, when restaurants in Australia seem to thrive on variety - have you seen Asian restaurants with a menu as long as your arm? - I just had to find out how anyone has managed to specialise in a particular thing to such a degree.


If you go at dinner time, there is usually a loooooong queue out the door. Sometimes I wonder if the whole of the Eastwood population is split between them, and Pho Nam Viet next door. Thankfully, the turnover is super quick, and harried looking staff usher you to a table where you're sitting elbow to elbow with the other diners.

More atmosphere!

I ended up ordering the crispy chicken with tomato rice, which came with a side of pickles. On a personal level, this meal is large enough for two small meals, when I'm not particularly ravenous. I absolutely love LOVE the pickles - they remind me of dinners out with my family as a kid, where small plates of the same pickles come out before the meal. The chicken was suitably crispy, as expected, and the rice? Well, it was okay, but I don't think it added thaaaaat much to the meal.

The service can be a bit brusque, especially when it gets busy. In my experience, they've been efficient, though not particularly friendly. Which is fine by me, since I'm not one for an excess amount of chitchat anyway.

Tan Viet Noodle House on UrbanspoonThe only downside was that when I asked what the price was if I were to place a larger order of just chicken - a cheat's way to a dinner party - and I was told that the price of the chicken would stay the same, which is a good $8+ per piece. Not exactly the most economical way to add to a dinner party methinks.

But otherwise, Tan Viet is great for a weekday lunch or dinner, especially if you're after something fast and delicious!


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6 Comments:

At April 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM , Blogger Annie said...

been going to Tan Viet in cabrra for years. can never ever get sick of the crispy chicken!

 
At April 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM , Anonymous Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said...

That crispy chicken is so darn good, though some people don't quite like it because it's so dry. There's more than one way to skin this one :D

 
At April 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Love the crispy chicken at Tan Viet!

 
At April 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Amy zhong said...

the chicken here is amazing, i frequent the cabra branch still even tho its a tad far for me to get to!

 
At April 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Trent @ Food Assault said...

Sooooo happy to hear they're n Eastwood as it's a lot closer than Cabramatta. I'm so there soon ��

 
At April 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM , Anonymous Christine @ Cooking Crusade said...

oooh I've heard so many good things about this place and really want to visit but I must admit I am often deterred by long lines heheh. maybe need to go during off peak time! :D

 

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