Vietnamese cuisine with a touch of French, Apache takes a spin on traditional Northern Vietnamese hawker street food and gives it a contemporary flair. Apache uses local, organic and gluten-free products when possible and gives everything a healthy touch. Between the two of us, we ordered four dishes to share. We were expecting ourselves to have plenty of food leftover but we managed to devour everything without feeling sick afterwards!
NZ Wagyu Beef Tartare | Minced beef mixed with shalots, Vietnamese mint, chilli and topped with a gooey sous vide egg yolk. Spread this on top of thin melba toast, divine! A French dish with Vietnamese herbs.
Fried Imperial Pork Rolls | Minced pork with crunchy black cloud wood ear, shiitake and bean sprouts. With an airy and crispy skin, dip these moreish rolls in their delicious nuoc cham dressing for a great tang.
Popcorn Chicken | Five spice fried chicken with a sticky chili caramel coating, the chicken was meaty and retained its juice. Served with an addictive Sriracha mayonnaise.
Pig, Fish and Hen’s Egg | I guess the name already explains what is involved! Crispy skin salmon, tender twice-cooked pork belly and a spectacular deep-fried 6 minute egg served on a Vietnamese slaw with nashi pear and lychee. It might sound like a random mixed plate, but it works! We expected the fish and pork to be oily, but it wasn’t. The greens and fruit provided a nice balance.
My sister and I were very impressed with Apache and can’t believe it took us this long to discover this place. It’s clearly a popular choice for locals as the restaurant was fully booked from 6 onwards, they had to start turning people away!
Apache | 122 Wakefield St, Te Aro