Bambu, Colchester

Location : Hythe, Essex

Cuisine : Vietnamese

Cost : ££

Style : Casual

Type: Lunch/Dinner

Rating : 9/10

Bambu is another one of Colchester’s hidden gems that I was introduced to while walking along the River Colne a couple of years ago. Since then, I have been maybe 7 or 8 times (you already know it’s going to be good). Each time I step foot in the restaurant, I am always in awe of the decor.

This particular visit was on a Wednesday afternoon so it was quite empty, but if you plan to go in the evening, I suggest booking. Each time I’ve been here, I’ve tried different things off the menu, this time I ordered Cá Kho Tộ with Egg Fried Rice. Cá Kho Tộ is braised catfish and pork belly, caramelised in soya sauce and served in a clay pot. I only recently started eating fish (my childhood involved avidly avoiding it, apart from shellfish of course) so ordering this was a big jump for me, especially because I’ve heard a lot of negative things about catfish, apparently it tastes muddy? Luckily, this dish was nothing like what I was told and I enjoyed it. I would’ve preferred the pork belly to be a bit more tender but overall, it was really nice (no mud) and paired well with the egg fried rice.

Cá Kho Tộ (£11.95), Egg Fried Rice (£3.25)

As always, the staff at Bambu are very friendly and welcoming and with the quality of the food, it’s no surprise that I and other people I know keep returning. I haven’t been to Vietnam, so I don’t know if the food is authentic or a Westernised version but I’ve been to a few Vietnamese places in London and Essex and Bambu is by far the best.

P.S. Order the Crispy Spring Rolls and thank me later.


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Address: 95 Quayside Drive, Colchester, CO2 8GN

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