LET’S get the obvious out of the way – Bunn Mee in Leederville is tiny.
When it’s busy, punters are packed in tighter than Clive Palmer’s belt, but don’t worry the meals are huge.
The Vietnamese restaurant is run by 2018 MasterChef contestant Jenny Lam and her family, and their food is so irresistible I went there twice in one week.
Forget about any of the other watered-down pho dishes around town – Bunn Mee’s is the real deal ($16).
The first thing that hits you is the mouth-watering aroma, and yes, it tastes as good as it smells.
The complex bone marrow broth is smoky, salty and sweet, and topped with thin slices of tender, medium-rare beef.
The flavour is so robust that it lingered on my palate for hours.
Complementing the broth are the delicious house-made rice noodles.
On my second visit I ordered the Bun Bo Hue ($15).
It’s like pho but spicier, with strong bursts of lemongrass and fresh chilli that bring the delectable fatty pork to life.
Supercharging the Bun Bo Hue is a side dish of mint, bean sprouts and extra chilli oil.
The Banh Xoe (sizzling pancake $16) completely knocks it out of the park.
Bigger than a dinner plate, it was packed full of juicy pork nuggets and diced prawns.
Like most Vietnamese food this is a fun interactive dish that you eat with your hands; tearing the pancake and rolling it into a lettuce leaf with pickled vegetables and mint leaves.
A quick dip in the fishy nuoc mam sauce and you’ve got yourself a memorable mouthful of food.
One of the restaurant’s signature offerings is the Banh Mi; a house-made Vietnamese bread roll stuffed with pork slices, coriander, cucumber, pickled carrots, chilli and smeared with a rich, creamy pâté.
The sandwich sent my taste buds into a maniac frenzy, and it felt like Mick Jagger and Peter Garrett were dancing in my mouth. It’s electric.
I hate to say it but this is game over for other Vietnamese restaurants in Perth, because Bunn Mee is dishing up some of the best food you’ll ever eat.
By MATTHEW EELES
112 Oxford Street, Leederville
Phone 9228 0722