Nelson Lam’s Viet Shack empire started with a humble take-away stall in the Arndale market which quickly gained such a reputation for serving up dazzling lunch dishes at a bargain price that even the queues became a talking point. His Ancoats venue opened its doors this year and has given the team the opportunity to expand their offering and really show Manchester what they’re made of.
The food is inspired by traditional Vietnamese small plates designed to be enjoyed with a beer or two. Try classic dishes such as Banh Xeo (crispy pancakes made with beer and filled with pork and prawns) and a deconstructed Banh Mi (a pork and pate sandwich with zingy pickles) or Manchester born Lam’s fusion dishes such as burgers and loaded fries zinged up with the typical fresh flavours of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Namely, copious vibrant herbs, fish sauce, garlic and chilli. There are some stunning fish dishes on the menu too, which changes regularly, and of course, they do Pho.
An Asian inspired cocktail list and unusual desserts menu bring even more interesting flavours such as pandan, lychee and matcha to the party.
- Good for meat