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Bistro Nguyen's, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now.

By Gareth Meyer

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Bistro Ngyuen, Canberra.

Canberra's Northbourne Avenue doesn't quite match the bustling craziness of Ho Chi Minh City. But a high-ceilinged space, lanterns, a vintage moped and the drifting scent of cassia bark and star anise lends a touch of authenticity to this recently-opened Vietnamese eatery. The usual suspects - prawn and pork rice-paper rolls, pho and spring rolls - benefit from high-grade produce, including Angus beef. Salads are super-fresh, lively and well balanced, a lemon-cured rare beef tossed with red onion, carrot, crushed peanuts and herbs among them. And for a cheap, quick snack, there's a good range of banh mi, too.

Bistro Nguyen's, 1/80 Alinga St, Canberra, ACT, (02) 6262 6888

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  • Author: Gareth Meyer