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The place for saucy, cheeky, fun food

For those who love slurping on delish noodles, Senn Noods is the place to be, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Tucked inside the courtyard of the Nibu Building, Braddon, is a “noods delight”. 

Wendy Johnson.

Even if you’re not a “noods” fan (or in the mood for noods), Senn is still the place to be for saucy, cheeky, fun food.

Senn’s menu is designed to take you “back to the street” with an exciting offering of Laos Thai dishes, vibrant in colour and flavour. 

It was sharing time for us, starting with Kai Hor Kiew (three for $9) street snacks – super-light wontons stuffed with quail egg and served with sweet chilli sauce. Dip in. Crunch. Dip in. Crunch.

Like Senn Noods, we love sausages, and these fermented pork and rice house-made numbers were delish. They’re formed into round, easy-to-eat mini bites packed with flavour ($12). 

Stunning were the grilled prawns (two for $22) served with nam jim. Spicy and sour, but perfectly balanced. The prawns were succulent.

Street food is celebrated at Senn Noods with Moo Ping (two for $9), thin slices of pork, skewered and grilled with a Thai sticky, sweet sauce. They were tender and slightly smokey from the grilling process.

The menu screamed out for us to enjoy the “must-try” Seen Hang, sun-dried, Lao-style beef jerky ($10). Loved the taste, but some pieces were a bit chewy for our liking. 

Before getting stuck into larger share dishes we ordered the Laab ($18), a real treat. Ours was with spicy minced chicken (tofu an option) and the citrus dressing was a super addition to the roasted rice and chilli.

Under the “saucy” section of the menu, we discovered the green curry, which smashed it ($16). This classic Thai dish is created with Seen Noods’ own home-blend curry paste. It looked gorgeous in the bowl with the intense green colour of the curry made all the more attractive with sliced carrot, beans, other veggies and – of course – slices of chilli. It was coconut creamy, and the chilli crept up with a slight burn at the end.

A traditional Lao dish none of us had dined on before was the Gaeng Aw. We loved this stew, packed with herbs and aromatics. It contains shrimp paste but is not overly strong ($17). Such a nourishing treat.

Wines at Senn Noods are reasonably priced ($50 to $70). The cocktails look exciting ($18 to $21) and the beers include a couple of local varieties, as well as Beer Lao, Chang and Ashai Super Dry.

Three main dining areas are available at Senn Noods… one in the courtyard and two (separate) indoor sections. Order at the counter or through QR codes.

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