Location : Hythe, Essex
Cuisine : Vietnamese
Cost : ££
Style : Casual
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.
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.