We stumbled across this restaurant purely by accident. Located inside The Star, near the Baccarat action, this restaurant is associated with Luke Nguyen, the owner and chef of one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney, the Red Lantern. Naturally, we had high expectations of this place.
The restaurant was set up with a long communal table in the middle, and a number of small individual tables on the side. At the back was a large open kitchen, where customers could see the chefs at work.
The service of this place was pretty average, and we needed to flag down a waiter to place our orders. We were also told that we weren’t allowed to use our cameras to take pictures of food as we were inside the casino, although the other customers who took pictures of their food or selfies with their phones were not warned or talked to. However, we still managed to take a few photos of the food for all you guys to see.
Now onto the food.
Lemon Grass Chicken Rice Paper Rolls $15
This dish consisted of four fairly small rolls, cut in half, and served on a plate. The rice paper wrapping and the vermicelli inside were both dry, and the taste of lemongrass was virtually non-existent. Very disappointing dish.
Fat Pho Noodles $19.50
The rice noodles came in Luke Nguyen’s signature beef broth. The broth was too smoky, and there seem to be an overpowering note of star anise in the broth. A lighter broth may have brought out better the flavours of the Angus sirloin and brisket pieces in this dish, instead of overpowering them.
Angus Beef $19.50
The beef was wok tossed with lemongrass, herbs, peanuts and vermicelli. It was a tasty dish and all the ingredients worked well together making this dish full of flavour.
Overall, this is a good place if you are in the casino and are craving for some quick fast comfort food to satisfy your hunger before hitting the gambling tables again. For a dining experience, this place does not live up to the name and the hype of Luke Nguyen.
Website: Fat Noodle
Address: Level 1, Casino, The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
Phone: Not available
Opening hours: 11:30am to 2am Sun to Thurs, 11:30am to 5am Fri and Sat
Accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards