A taste of... Apache - When Hanoi met Paris

Apache's green papaya salad, left, with the salt and pepper squid and "surf and turf" fried rice.
BRITTANY MANN

Apache's green papaya salad, left, with the salt and pepper squid and "surf and turf" fried rice.

A taste of… Apache

We'd heard… The French-Vietnamese eatery on Wakefield St was a perfect spot for a work-day lunch

We started with… The salt and pepper squid ($13), crusted with roasted coconut and served with lime mayo. Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and well seasoned, the squid perfectly complimented the other dishes we shared – a herby, gingery green papaya salad ($19) and spicy, comforting fried rice with beef and prawns ($18). The generously sized dishes had light, fresh flavours that combined well on the plate.

The service was… Faultless. The dishes came out promptly and simultaneously, and we were given water for the table so we weren't interrupted by staff offering refills. Chopsticks and cutlery were supplied.

If you go… Book. We called at 11.30am to reserve a table for noon, and the restaurant was full when we left. You can also book online. 

Try and avoid… Taking too many photos of the beautiful decor. The pale mosaic floor makes a great Instagram.

Rating out of 5: 5

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