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Restaurant review: Brass Spoon in Central – tasty Vietnamese dishes, great for a quick lunch

With good flavours, cool decor and cheap prices, this little spot in Central closes early, so head there for a tasty lunch or early dinner

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 April, 2017, 1:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 April, 2017, 1:03pm

There’s certainly no shortage of brass spoons – or brass in other forms, for that matter – at this restaurant. Combining Vietnamese favourites with cool decor (and Justin Bieber hits), Brass Spoon is an ideal spot for lunch or early dinner.

We opted for raw beef pho (HK$88) served with scallions, onions and coriander. Diners tick off what they want on paper forms, with a choice of premium raw beef for HK$125, or extra toppings, from beef balls (HK$12) to Vietnamese sausage (HK$10). The soup was well flavoured, and although there wasn’t much meat, it was tender.

The cold vermicelli with grilled pork belly (HK$78) was sold out, so we ordered the vermicelli with lemon grass chicken (HK$88). With carrot, cucumber, fresh coriander and peanuts, it was fresh and flavourful, and even better with a drizzle of sriracha sauce.

Although we were full, we managed to squeeze in steamed rolls, or banh cuon ($55). The three little parcels were stuffed with minced meat and topped with herbs and fried shallots, and were light and delicate.

We finished the meal with a light-tasting lychee soda (HK$30) and an iced Vietnamese milk tea

(HK$38), which came with the requisite condensed milk at the bottom of the glass.

With a 7pm closing time, most Central city workers would find it hard to fit in their dinner before the restaurant shuts up shop. But if you’re looking for a well-decorated lunchtime alternative to Aberdeen Street favourite Bun Cha, Brass Spoon fits the bill. We’ll definitely be back to try their banh mi thit, or Vietnamese-style sandwiches (HK$55-HK$60).

10 Pottinger Street, Central, tel: 2804 1811. Open: Mon to Sat noon-7pm

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