Since 2011, Lido Peppermint Grove has flown the flag first raised by Lido Northbridge in 2004. Owner and head chef Liem Nguyen learned the ways of Vietnamese cuisine from his father – achieving balance between herbs; treading the line between sweet, salty and sour; and treating proteins with respect.

Picking highlights on the lengthy menu is a tough ask, though the shaking veal is essential. Diced veal is flash fried and “shaken” in a smoking-hot wok to ensure even, medium-rare cooking. Paired with a salty and sweet soy-based dressing, it’s a joy to eat.

Variations on classic stir-fries make for fresh meals, with fish, chicken, prawn, scallops, squid, beef and lamb to choose from. Those who prefer something more melt-in-the-mouth might opt for the roast duck or goat curry. Groups can make things easy by selecting a banquet, but come hungry.

Starting at $40 per person, serves are ample. The wine list is limited, but can also be what you make of it. Lido is BYO for wine only, with corkage at $7.50 per bottle.

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Updated: March 13th, 2018

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