So9 has to be one of the most tastefully done of Sydney’s many modern Vietnamese joints. Paying tribute to the steam, smells, sounds and tastes of Vietnamese street food, So9 has created an atmosphere where the kitchen and the food feels not like some external, foreign entity, but something connected to the space and the diners; there is hustle and bustle but also comfort and calm, and amongst it all is some of the best banh beo, banh cuon, banh xeo, bun bo hue and pho dac biet you could find in Australia. So9 is one not to skip in Waterloo.
Vietnamese cuisine is varied, vibrant and eating together is considered a very important part of life in this Southeast Asian culinary paradise. It’s also not unusual to find the best food at street stalls set up in marketplaces or by the side of the road. In fact, that’s exactly the focus at So9, a beautiful Vietnamese restaurant where diners order their food from dedicated stands, depending on what type of Asian delicacy they happen to fancy. This is a gem of Sydney. It’s a light-filled space in Waterloo with a creative layout and pale wooden furnishings both avant garde and humble. On Danks Street, it’s also very popular and certainly receives serious cool points as something in between an art gallery and a hawker centre. Style and substance in abundance – that’s the best way to describe So9.
But even tastier than its decor is the food. Vietnamese food is all about freshness and zing. It always packs a punch but perhaps the best thing about it is that you can eat so much of it and never feel bloated. The menu at So9 is therefore perfect. Try soupy Pho noodles, crispy banh xeo pancakes or rice paper rolls. This is some of the best Vietnamese food in all of Sydney, never mind Waterloo. Reserve your table now.
Always great here! Stir fried duck is wonderful. Usually go for lunches when I have the pancake which is the best I’ve experienced in Sydney
Great restaurant with such a relaxed and funky vibe. Beautiful food, lovely staff and the cocktail I ordered was the best cocktail I have ever had!
Had a fabulous time at the restaurant. Ordered dishes to share- fried chicken dish, salt and pepper eggplant and rice paper rolls were favourites. The grilled snapper fillet was great for a main dish. Desserts also amazing. Flavour of dishes was superb and service very friendly. Great value for money.