Home > Desserts, Syd: Darlinghurst, Sydney, Vietnamese > Bay Hong at Surry Hills, then Messina, Darlinghurst

Bay Hong at Surry Hills, then Messina, Darlinghurst

This place has been opened for a while now. Owned by Hong Tran, whose grandfather, Tinh Tran was the former owner of Marrickville’s Bay Tinh. I read that Tinh Tran was the personal chef to South Vietnamese Prime Minister Kim Thien Tran before opening up in the inner west.

‘The Mother’ has wanted to try this place for a while now. I have lost count on how many times we have walked past this place and ‘The Mother’ says ‘let’s go here’. Bay Hong is located on the busy street of Crown Street, Surry Hills, the decor is simple and service warm and welcoming.

I left all the ordering to ‘The Mother’. We started with the signature dish, garlic prawn – tom xao toi ($18.90) – king prawn wok fry in house made special paste with fresh garlic and onion in clay pot. It smelt absolutely divine and I was getting hungrier and hungrier! The prawns were deliciously plump and garlicky but not over powering, and had a lovely nice spicy kick to it. Unfortunately I was too hungry and forgot to take a photo of this. You just have to trust me that it was good!

I love the crispy roasted chicken – ga quay don ($14.90) – crispy skin chicken served with house made salt and pepper lime sauce. The crispy skin, the tender and succulent meat and dipped in the salt and pepper lime sauce it was scrumptiously good.

And of course some vegetables, broccoli, carrots, capsicum, celery stir fried with hoison sauce and topped with fried onions.

Portions are relatively generous, flavours excellent and tasty. It’s not your typical Vietnamese restaurant, no pho on the menu, but they do have other Vietnamese dishes which are excellent.

For dessert, I wanted some gelato so asked ‘The Mother’ if he was keen to walk to Messina in Darlinghurst. This place really requires no introduction. It is no doubt one of my favourite gelato places in Sydney. Made with real ingredients, they have some of the best amazing flavours and my two favourites are pandan and salted caramel.

The place was busy – as always! I ordered my ‘usual’ – pandan and salted caramel (2 scoops for $4.90). I heart pandan, it was strong and deliciously creamy and mixed with salted caramel – YUM!

‘The Mother, however, isn’t a favour of the salted caramel, he opted for apple pie and coconut and truly enjoyed it. It certainly wasn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last time. Probably not a good thing that we live so close to Messina, I won’t tell you how many times we visited this place in Summer!

GA’s ratings Bay Hong: 7.5 / 10

294 Crown St

Darlinghurst, 2010

Ph: +61 2 9360 8688

Bay Hong on Urbanspoon

GA’s rating Messina: 9 / 10

241 Victoria St

Darlinghurst 2010

Ph: +61 2 8354 1223

Gelato Messina Darlinghurst on Urbanspoon

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  1. paulus
    May 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    how much is the gelato?

  2. May 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    This looks yummy! I cannot wait to indulge myself to these and enjoy the place this weekend. Thanks for posting!

  3. May 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Oh jealous – I still haven’t been to Messina 😦

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