We managed to sneak in here without a reservation last night during Au Lac’s Chinese New Year celebration, which coincided with Sebastian’s birthday festival – why celebrate on just one day? We were some of the first diners so we were in and out before the in-restaurant lion dancing.
Starters were soy chicken nuggets (for Sebastian) and soy chicken satay sticks (for Mel and I). Both were very nice, as usual. For mains we had braised tofu & vegetable with cashew nut, fried soy fish with spicy salt & chilli, and rice vermicelli with BBQ soy meat. The cashew nut dish is a staple because it is quite mellow and has things that Sebastian enjoys. The soy fish was probably a bit spicier than usual, which causes no complaints from Mel & I.
We discovered the rice vermicelli dish on a recent visit. It is both simple and excellent. It contains vermicelli, bean shoots, lettuce, cucumber and some BBQ soy meat balls. It comes with a small bowl of spicy sauce that adds a nice amount of zing. I think we will be eating this dish a lot.
Au Lac is always an excellent place for Canberra vegetarians to eat. Last night is the busiest we have seen it and it got uncomfortably hot – probably due to both the number of people who suddenly arrived and the doors being open in preparation for the lion dancing. That said, this is very unusual and we were very grateful to be given a table ahead of such a busy night without a booking. Au Lac is one of Sebastian’s favourite restaurants. Mel and I like it too… 🙂