Inside Serendra, there is a restaurant that offers a modern feel to Vietnamese food. Yes, I’m talking about Zao. The place is a bit small but it still has ample distance from one table to the next. Despite of having a small space, they do have a separate room (probably for small private parties or meetings) that can sit around 16 people. So…on to the food! 🙂
It was a very hot Sunday so I had to quench my thirst with this drink that the server recommended. Honestly, I don’t like tamarind so this was kinda a stretch for me. And surprisingly, I liked it. It has this sweet taste with a tinge of tamarind. Another good thing about this drink is that it’s refillable. 🙂
As our appetizer, we had Crispy Spring Rolls which consist of pork, glass noodles and mushroom served with a Vietnamese dipping sauce. We were instructed by the server on how to eat it which is to wrap the spring roll with the lettuce and place some of the sauce in. It was optional to place the carrot relish but I placed one on mine and it was GOOD. Normally, I’d just dip the spring roll in the sauce and eat it. So this was a first for me to eat it wrapped in lettuce.
Being a soup-lover that my dad is, we ordered Seafood Pho which is a comforting soup to start with. As customary to all pho, this was served with additional garnishes and sauces that you can add in the soup for more flavor. We added most of the garnish except for the chili. In my opinion, there’s no need for the sauce because the soup base is packed with flavor already.
Doesn’t the rice just look oh-so-dreamy? Actually, that’s the fault of my camera but it does taste kinda dreamy. Hihihi. Anyhoo, this fried rice has peas, shrimp and Chinese sausage in it. I guess that if you are in a big group, this would not suffice.
Hmm…what can I say about this platter? It’s GREAT! Yes, I’m biased because I love barbeque dishes. But seriously, everything on this platter is good. Even without the sauce, you can eat it on its own. The marinade has this slight sweet taste to it that makes it very yummy.
When we ordered this, I was expecting to see a fish. And yes, I wasn’t expecting to see that. The fish for this dish is Mekong Fish which is a kind of catfish. This was stuffed with minced pork and mushroom paired with anchovy sauce. I wasn’t a fan of this food much but it’s also good. I was probably just overwhelmed with my love for the barbeque. ;p
I had to have room for dessert. And when I saw that they serve calamansi tart, I just had to try it. As expected, this was sour. When eating this, you really have to mix the strawberry coulis in to add a bit of sweetness.
I’ve always wanted to try Vietnamese coffee because I keep hearing that it’s good. I can’t go to Vietnam right now so this is as close that I can get to having that Vietamese coffee experience. As the photo showed above, one has to wait for the filtered coffee beans to settle at the bottom. And at the bottom, there’s sweet milk (not sure if condensed or evaporated) to smoothen out the taste of the coffee. After 4 to 6 minutes, it’s ready (just mix it first before drinking ;p).
And boy was I surprised when I took a sip of the coffee. It was strong! A perfect combo with the dessert.
So if you’re looking for a Vietnamese experience with a few good friends, I recommend Zao. A bit pricey but the food is meant for sharing. On top of that, the service is good and the food is just delicious. Definitely worth every cent (imo). 🙂
Zao Vietnamese Bistro
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City