A family affair, bringing old and new generations together with a modern take on Vietnamese street food.
While former MasterChef Australia contestant Jenny Lam’s first venture with her family, Bunn Mee, provides typical Vietnamese fare, her family’s second venture next door seeks to raise the stakes as Perth’s first Vietnamese tapas bar.
On the plate, expect mindfully sourced local produce in plates that take suburban fare a step further.
At PhatLon, Lam’s mum Kim Tieu takes the reins as well as heading up the kitchen, charging up the charcoal grills for a menu designed for sharing. Lan’s dad, artist and architect Khiet Minh Nguyen, transformed the interior, transporting diners to Vietnam with his paintings and vibrant colours and fixtures, including silk lanterns and conical hats strung from the ceiling. Lam’s sister Linda Le runs the floor and bar, overseeing the creation of unique cocktails to match the food. This is truly a family affair.
On the plate, expect mindfully sourced local produce in plates that take suburban fare a step further. A punchy take on nem chua, say, the fermented pork sausage humming with peppery tones. Or beef-wrapped betel leaves charged with pork fat before being grilled to a char. The crisp, lacy crêpe that is banh xeo is here deconstructed into a salad of deep fried Skull Island prawns battered with the crêpe mixture, served on a bed of shredded mustard greens and perilla. A classic, given new life.