Dinner @ Green Papaya

Last night we once again enjoyed fireworks from our balcony, this time @ sunset! The sun setting over the mountains in the distance, and the industrial cranes nearby made a special viewing event.

Fireworks 13 July 2007

We then ventured to East Brisbane to visit Green Papaya for dinner. Green Papaya is a northern Vietnamese restaurant that always seems to deliver a great dining experience serving fresh food using organic ingredients and local seafood.
The interior of the restaurant is simple but elegant with lots of white and light wood. Green bowls labelled with the restaurant’s name are already present when you sit down, immediately letting you know that all the food on the menu will be best shared. We actually had a discussion about how Asian food generally encourages sharing of food (even when sitting around a small table in a back alley) as opposed to European food (or Australian food for that matter) where each person orders/eats their own meal. I think this is why I love Asian food so much, that and the fact that it rarely makes me feel heavy after eating it. Green Papaya was no exception last night, every item we ate was good enough to share, and light enough to make me feel great after eating it.

We started with Vegetarian rolls and Hanoi rolls. Both were made using rice paper, the main difference was the Hanoi rolls were fried and contained organic chicken mince and prawns. Both items were different enough to be enjoyable together, each containing lots of fresh herbs and flavour.

For our main course we enjoyed coconut prawns cooked with garlic, lemon grass and chilli and served with a sweet coconut sauce. We also had fried barramundi with a dark ginger sauce and organic Vietnamese steak. The fried barramundi was a nice white fish that tasted as fresh and local. We shared our three main dishes with organic wok-tossed rice which had a more subtle flavour. The food was exceptional, all flavours were fresh and distinct, and all dishes were generously sized.

Coconut Prawns - Green Papaya

Vietnamese Steak - Green Papaya

Organic Fried Rice - Green Papaya

Although the menu contained some nice looking desserts, I was keen to finish feeling light with the lovely flavours from main course still lingering in my mouth.

It was an all round pleasant experience.

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