Thanks to Dr. Stanley Quek, founder and owner of the much loved Kensington Street Mekong in Chippendale for recently launching its North Shore branch Mekong – Bistro Mekong Castlecrag. Eager diners wanting to try the Chippendale branch don’t need to cross the bridge anymore, it’s all here, right in the heart of Castlecrag.
Located in the re-vamped Quadrangle Shopping Village in the leafy suburb of Castlecrag, the restaurant is smack-bang in the middle of the shopping centre. It has a small indoor area but the emphasis is all about al fresco dining in a casual, relaxed and ambient setting. With lots of natural light, this place is a perfect stop to fuel up before or after shopping, a catch-up meal with friends or family (child friendly) or those special nights, it is sure to please one and all.
At the helm is Kensington Street’s resident Chef Tiw Rakarin, Bistro Mekong promises to continue showcasing the best of contemporary Indochine cuisine but with a twist. With an updated menu on offer, there are a host of delicious new additions, old favourites, as well as options for vegetarians and dishes designed for sharing. The menu is inspired by the different flavours from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, which the mighty Mekong River flows through.
“So many Australians love travelling around Asia,” said the founder and owner Dr. Stanley Quek. “By bringing Mekong to Castlecrag, I’m hoping to encourage Australians to challenge their tastebuds and try new cuisines. Castlecrag is like a little oasis – relaxed and sophisticated at the same time. It fitted with our vision for Bistro Mekong perfectly, and I think it will be a wonderful addition to the neighbourhood’s budding food scene,’ Dr. Quek added.
At the launch night, Chef Tiw Rakarin created five delectable canapé selections; Grilled scallops with bacon oil, yuzu chilli sauce, fried shallots served on a bed of coconut salad, smoked salmon with roasted chilli, Vietnamese mint, lime zest, served on a chickpea and tofu cracker, Squid ink cups with prawn and corn, crispy rice curry lettuce cups with mixed herbs and roasted peanuts, a vegetarian dish and pulled duck pancake mixed with cabbage, picked vegetables and hoisin sauce. The dessert was Banana Sago with homemade ice cream. All were bursting with a unique spin of Asian flavours that hit all the right flavour spots.
Along with the canapé selection, Sydney’s celebrated mixologist, Grant Collin offered some non-alcohol drinks, along with wine and Indochine inspired cocktails that surely set everyone’s mood. I enjoyed every sip of the refreshing Bistro Mekong ‘Smoked and Spice’ Margarita, a concoction of tequila, cointreau with homemade five spiced citrus mix along with Bistro Mekong Martini, lemongrass infused vodka with dressed lychee mint, elderflower and mint.
Bistro Mekong menu consists of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine & Beverages including a Kids menu and is open Tuesday to Sunday, all day Breakfast from 8:30 am | Lunch 11:30 am – 3:00 pm | Dinner 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
100 Edinburgh Road Castlecrag 2068
Tel 02 99583177
*photos used with permission
E_deliciou_S attended the event as guests.