It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the collapse of MissChu, Nahji Chu’s Vietnamese tuckshop that saved our lunch break from the lurches of a Soul Origin sandwich. 

The restaurant first opened up in Darlinghurst in 2009, and soon expanded to Bondi, the CBD, and Melbourne, with plans to open in London. Unfortunately, in 2017, it all unraveled, and we were stripped of our sumptuous tiger prawn and green mango rice paper rolls.

MissChu founder Nahji Chu isn’t a quitter, over the weekend Chu opened up the doors of her latest venture, Lady Chu. Situated in Roslyn Street, the 20-seat eatery is described as “Vietnamese, with a bit of French.”

The menu is small but crowd-pleasing. Think sumptuous steamed buns (in pork, chicken, vegan, and custard), net spring rolls, vermicelli salads, Peking duck pancakes, suckling pig kai-boa, and barramundi steamed in a banana leaf. Yes, the rice paper rolls have also made their return. Nature is healing, etc.

Chu tells Goodfood that there will also be, “Vietnamese coffee on the stove”, something Potts Point is in dire need of.

“The menu will run through, but we’ll do a dish each night for dinner, it could be steamed barra wrapped in banana leaf.”

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Between this and the scheduled reopening of the beloved and iconic Piccolo Bar, I feel overwhelming optimism that Roslyn Street is about to experience a renaissance.

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