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Friday, December 11, 2015

Smashup Café

Natasha and I caught up on Wednesday for lunch at Smashup Café . Smashup has been opened for 7 weeks by a husband & wife team (John & Grace) and incorporates a fusion between the Vietnamese's bánh mì with the Korean's BBQ meat for fillings. 

John previously an engineer from Melbourne was made redundant a few years back; he then ventured into the fitting-out business for several years before venturing into the food business (for the very first time). The idea came about from his dad's wealth of experience in the bánh mì family business back in Vietnam years ago and his wife, Grace's "amazing Korean BBQ meats" (John was glowing with pride when he said this❣) and hence Smashup was born - lucky for us foodies! Yay!

If you come to Smashup and expect to have the original Vietnamese Bánh Mì flavour then this is not the place, instead expect to have your mind blow away the Vietnamese/Korean fusion experience!

I arrived at Smashup a few minutes before Natasha so I was able to have a brief chat with John and took some photos.
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12:30pm service was hectic with regulars and newcomers like myself ツ
The ordering procedure was similar to the way you order your Subway roll, you'll be ask what you'd like to have in your "personalised' bánh mì and what sauce you'd like to go with it.

Being my first time there, I was keen to let John create my roll for me with a combination of toasted Vietnamese-style baguette (Smashup's bread was a bit denser than the typical Viet baguette and has practically no flakes when you bites into it *hallelujah*!)


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I watched John personally creating my bánh mì with pâté, mayonnaise, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, BBQ sauce and topped it up with Roasted Pork Belly and Grilled Soy Chicken.



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The roll looked too big for me to chomp down so I picked on the pork belly and grilled chicken to eat first before I could chomping down on my roll Smiley

I have to admit that I am usually not a fan of chicken, I don't know whether it's the chicken itself or the sauce that's usually went with it, but Smashup's chicken ticked all of the flavour, taste and texture and of course I ate it all Smiley

Natasha has been to Smashup before and ordered the Sweet Potato Noodle (Japchae) dish last time, so this time around she ordered the Gỏi Cuốn (rice paper rolls) to try instead.
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Natasha had all the 3 flavours of Chicken & Tofu, Beef Bulgogi & Spicy Pork. I heard great review about the Bulgogi rice paper roll, from blogger such as Inexology last time I trolled her Instagram post, so I am keen to try that next time! 

We also ordered the Vietnamese coffees to try; I had the iced coffee while Natasha had the black coffee instead. Grace kindly warned Natasha that the black coffee might be too strong but apparently it wasn't so.
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I also got to try the Raspberry Cream Puff, courtesy thanks to John but I was too full from the bánh mì that I have asked for it to be takeaway instead - that didn't last long, I literally stuff my face with it as soon as I got home and it was yum!
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John asked if I wanted to try their hot coffee but I was way too full then to eat anything else! I promised him however that I will come back next week with hubby in tow to try out the other stuffs on his menu Smiley


Disclaimer: Nini Foodielicious would like to thank John & Grace for the complimentary lunch at their newly opened café. While the meal was sponsored; all opinions on this post are Nini Foodielicious' own.


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