Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Review - Thanh Dat

13th Jan 2012

Thanh Dat  
268 Springvale Road, Springvale

Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese

Thanh Dat on Urbanspoon

The place was reasonably full on a Friday night. We got a table as soon as we arrived which was good timing. It is one of those places where turnover is high - you come for a quick meal and you leave - so the tables are regularly seated with new occupants.  

We ordered beef pho, chilli prawns, seafood noodle soup,  lemongrass beef with rice and spring rolls. The vegetables that accompanied the pho looked fresh but there were only 2 types - regular basil and bean sprouts. It would be nicer if there were Vietnamese mint and/or regular mint as well. The pho was not the best we have tasted but it is passable enough to come back for. The chilli prawns were chilli hot and would appeal to those who are after a mid-fiery taste in prawns. The seafood noodle soup was a touch sweet. The lemongrass beef had just a hint of lemongrass, the accompanying rice was tired and dry instead of fluffy but on the plus side, the beef was not oily. The spring rolls looked nice but did not taste fantastic and the filling was overly firm. 

The place seems popular with families and groups of youngsters of both Asian and non-Asian background.  We would go back if we want to have pho and are in the area.

Taste Rating: 6/10   Value Rating: 7/10

Basil and Bean Sprouts for the Pho

Beef Pho

Chilli Prawns

Seafood Noodle Soup

Lemongrass Beef with rice

Spring Rolls

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