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The Shelf Side: Brilliant Vietnamese-Western Restaurant, new to 313 Somerset


Brian Kennett

Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

The Shelf Side the New Kid on the 313 Somerset Block!

Something new for 313 Somerset in 2023: The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant

The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant is smack bang next to our mates Chimi’s at 313 Orchard Rd, #01-25B, 313@Somerset. See from below, they’re even being polite to advise that Chimi’s is still open for business as this awning dwarfs them out of view.

You surely can’t miss the awning for Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant, as that is some big and bold yellow right there. I wonder if that is the livery of the restaurant to attract those passing eyeballs, and encourage footfall? Do not confuse this: The Shelf Side with the British Restaurant on Tanjong Pagar.

The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Restaurant 313 Somerset

What can you expect fromThe Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine?

There literally is no source of truth to find out exactly what The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant will be serving, apart from that big yellow awning that calls out French Fries, Banh Mi, and Fried Spring Rolls.

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What is Vietnamese-Western Cuisine?

Step into a world where East meets West in a tantalizing dance of flavours, where the delicate balance of aromatics and the symphony of tastes will have your taste buds begging for more. Welcome to the vibrant and captivating realm of Vietnamese-Western cuisine, where tradition and innovation collide in a culinary extravaganza. In this blog, we embark on a gastronomic adventure that will leave you craving fragrant herbs, pungent fish sauce, and a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and spicy notes: this is exactly what we expect The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine to be offering up.

So, what exactly is Vietnamese-Western cuisine? In a nutshell, it’s a fusion of Vietnamese culinary artistry with a touch of Western influence that adds a whole new dimension to the already remarkable Vietnamese food scene.

But how did this culinary love affair come to be? Well, picture this: French baguettes filled to the brim with succulent grilled pork, fish patties, and chili-spiked pickled carrots; a blend of Vietnamese rice noodles and French-inspired meat broths in a comforting bowl of Pho. It all started with French colonisation, which left an indelible mark on Vietnam, not only in terms of architecture and culture but also in the realm of gastronomy. The result? A tantalising marriage of flavours that will transport your taste buds to new heights.

Did you know the origins of Pho are supposedly from France, and the French dish Pot au Feu (pot of fire), where vegetables are charred to give additional flavour. Well guess what, that’s how you make a Pho broth too.

CNN themselves love Vietnamese cuisine so much that they penned a Vietnamese food: 40 delicious dishes you’ll love

Now, you might be wondering, what sets Vietnamese-Western cuisine apart? First and foremost, it’s the incredible diversity and richness of the dishes. With around 500 national dishes to choose from, you’ll never run out of options to satisfy your culinary cravings. From the iconic Pho, a fragrant noodle soup that has become a national favourite, to the crispy and turmeric-infused bánh xèo stuffed with minced beef and seafood, each dish tells a story of Vietnam’s vibrant culinary heritage. And let’s not forget the unique dining experience, where meals are shared among friends and family, creating an atmosphere of warmth and togetherness.

If you’re a food lover seeking a delightful blend of Eastern and Western flavors, Vietnamese-Western cuisine offers a delightful playground for your taste buds. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that promises to be both delicious and enlightening. Bon appétit, or rather: Chúc ngon miệng.

Our final thoughts about The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant

To be brutally honest all the above is guess work. We don’t know what the The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant menu is going to be, so how can this really be The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant review

It’s not. Let’s call it an ‘placeholder’. Once The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant is officially open, the crew here personally commit to visit soonest, eat and drink, of course, be merry, and then furnish you with a full The Shelf Side Vietnamese-Western Cuisine Restaurant Review for 2023.

Watch this space, folks…

Here are some of the top questions and answers from the "People Also Ask" section about Vietnamese-Western cuisine:

Question: What is Vietnamese-Western cuisine?

A: Vietnamese-Western cuisine refers to the fusion of Vietnamese and Western culinary influences, resulting in dishes that combine elements from both cuisines. It often incorporates Vietnamese ingredients and cooking techniques into Western-style dishes or vice versa.

Question: What are some popular Vietnamese-Western dishes?

A: Popular Vietnamese-Western dishes include banh mi sandwiches with Western fillings like ham, cheese, and pâté, as well as pho burgers, which combine the flavors of traditional Vietnamese pho with a Western-style burger patty. Another example is Vietnamese-inspired pasta dishes that incorporate Vietnamese herbs, spices, and sauces into Italian-style pasta preparations.

Question: Where can I find Vietnamese-Western restaurants?

A: Vietnamese-Western restaurants can be found in various cities around the world, particularly in areas with a significant Vietnamese community or in trendy food scenes. Major cities like London, New York, Sydney, and of course Singapore often have Vietnamese-Western fusion restaurants that offer a blend of both cuisines.

Question: How does Vietnamese-Western cuisine combine flavours?

A: Vietnamese-Western cuisine combines flavours by blending the unique herbs, spices, and ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine with the cooking techniques and flavor profiles of Western cuisine. For example, dishes might feature Vietnamese herbs like cilantro and Thai basil alongside Western ingredients like cheese or mayonnaise.

Question: Are there vegetarian or vegan options in Vietnamese-Western cuisine?

A: Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan options available in Vietnamese-Western cuisine. Many Vietnamese dishes can easily be adapted to vegetarian or vegan versions by substituting meat or seafood with tofu, tempeh, or plant-based alternatives. Vietnamese-Western fusion restaurants often offer vegetarian or vegan options on their menus.

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