District Mot, pronounced “mort” was the first city of Saigon, otherwise now known as Ho chi Minh – and this is exactly what the owner, Minh aims to encapsulate. This restaurant tucked in the cosy Rose Lane in the Melbourne CBD features an entire wall-sized mural of Vietnamese streets, a pedestrian crossing painted across the ground, complemented with the delicious comfort of homely cooking – transporting Melbournians to Vietnam whilst giving the Vietnamese the sweet nostalgia of home.
The good fat: It’s always something special when the restaurant owner is showcasing a menu of foods they grew up with as a child – and District Mot does this beautifully, bringing old Saigon Style to the hipster streets of Melbourne.
The Vietnamese pancake was a generous start to our meal, loaded with slices of pork and prawn, with the light crisp of bean shoots. District Mot’s street food options were begging for us to try them – and the fatty, juicy BBQ pork belly skewers with peanut satay sauce was a personal favourite. The grilled seafood platter provided an array of different Vietnamese flavours to well-seasoned, tangy skewers of barramundi, squid and prawn.
District Mot certainly didn’t disappoint with their heavier, main-styled dishes – the pepper pork ribs clay pot were caramelised in a light, yet comprehensive sauce, with hints from an array of Southeast Asian flavours.
We ended our meal in true Saigon-style, with very traditional Vietnamese desserts. We tried the banana che, a warm, tapioca pudding with pillows of soft banana coated in the aroma of coconut milk. A perfect, simple way to end our meal on a Winter’s night at District Mot!
The bad fat: Did not realise how spicy chilli the seafood platter was 😛 but that was our mistake!
CHECK OUT DISTRICT MOT, MELBOURNE’S WEBSITE: http://districtmot.com.au/index.html
2wofatgirls would like to thank District Mot, Melbourne CBD for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.