We recently visited Burleigh’s newest Vietnamese restaurant Jimmy Wah’s
If you are thinking that name sounds familiar, you may remember Jimmy Wah as the lively bar owner in Robin William’s ‘Good Morning Vietnam’.
After walking in through the big red door, you can choose from bar seating, a table or opt for a street view at the large, open picture window. The decor is clean and simplistic leaving a giant portrait of Jimmy Wah to steal the spotlight.
The perfect sized menu puts an elegant stamp on Vietnamese favourites.
If like us, you find the menu too tantalising to possibly choose for yourself, we suggest trying the ‘Feed Me’ option where the chef sends out his top choices.
Choosing the ‘Feed Me’ option will leave you trying house favourites like the Seasonal Oysters with hot mint granita, Seared Beef Skirt Betel Leaf with taro, daikon and carrot pickle and Water Chestnut and Scallop Dumplings finished with black vinegar and house-made fermented garlic. Not to be forgotten is the well balanced Kingfish Sashimi topped with crispy onions, coconut dressing and lime, and succulent Pork Belly with coriander and fresh radish.
There are plenty of other options on the menu like Jimmy Wah’s Banh Mi, Rice Paper Rolls and Braised Short-rib in a steamed bun that are worth tasting as well.
Leave room for dessert because the Tapioca Pudding with fresh coconut and pomegranate is a cool and refreshing finish to an exceptional meal.
Jimmy Wah’s is fully licensed, so you’ll want to savour your meal with one of their signature cocktails, beer or a wine. We enjoyed the Cassius in Peace which was a tequila cocktail with pandan, coconut, egg white and lime juice, but thought the Saigon Spider with vodka, pomegranate, lychee liquor and pomegranate sorbet would be worth coming back for.
Open 6 days (closed Tuesdays), bookings recommended.
1724 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
By Marleigh Kelly