NGON is a funky great value Vietnamese restaurant that consistently draws a crowd on Paddington's Given Tce.
Opening originally in a smaller upstairs-downstairs shop, due to its popularity it has up and moved to much larger digs further down the road, where diners can take a seat under the colourful lanterns on the terrace or in the striking industrial chic and street-art adorned interior.
Serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine for lunch and dinner and now with an expanded and upgraded menu, NGON is the go-to for dishes you won't find in other Vietnamese restaurants in inner Brisbane, especially at these prices. For dinner, most large plates come in under $20, with many around $16, while generous entrees are mostly around $12.
NGON also has a delectable Chef's Special menu that is highly recommended with dishes (for $30) like must-try Bugs Black Bean Herb Butter (battered Moreton Bay bugs, black bean, garlic, butter & Vietnamese herbs), Duck My Way (twice cooked roasted duck, mixed salad, orange, sweet plum & soy sauce) or Sizzling Beef Hot Plate (wagyu beef, caramelized onion, chef's master sauce and bourbon flambe).
Small Plates (entrees) include heavenly pork dumplings, Vietnamese corn ribs, young rice coated prawns, satay grilled squid, Vietnamese pork, chicken or tofu rice paper rolls, duck spring rolls, melt-in-the-mouth salt and pepper squid and Vietnamese fried chicken wings.
Large Plates include vermicelli combination bowl, Vietnamese beef or wonton noodle soup, delicious Vietnamese chicken salad, lemon grass chilli chicken, twice cooked pork belly. duck hot plate, shredded beef (lightly battered beef strips, house made BBBQ sauce, onion & capsicum) or NGON fried chicken (fried chicken breast, crispy curry rice, kaffir lime, mixed salad served with house made sweet chilli sauce.
For dessert there's Vietnamese iced coffee panna cotta, pandan creme brulee, deep fried ice cream or golden custard buns. And drinks-wise, there's a good selection of boutique wine by the glass or bottle, beer (including NGON Pale Ale) and cocktails including Mekong Delta Mojito, Saigon Whisky Sour and Vietnamese Espresso Martini. Meanwhile non-alcoholic drinks include house made soda (lychee pineapple apple, strawberry lime basil or sugarcane lemon mint), cold press juices, coconut juice, tea, Vietnamese Iced Coffee or soft drinks.
Good to know - NGON has an excellent and comprehensive vegan menu.
Need to know - The outdoor terrace in the front is dog-friendly.
183 Given Tce