One of the places we visited while in Melbourne was the National Gallery of Victoria. I am such a big geek that museums are a must whenever we travel. S and I were aware that it might take us several hours to finish going through all the rooms in the NGV, so we decided to grab some food before heading there.
It was a very hot summer day and we weren’t keen on eating something heavy. Good thing I remembered my brother recommending Roll’d to us and we decided to get some of their Soldiers (rice paper rolls) and a bowl of BBQ Chicken Noodle Salad.
Roll’d had a number of choices for the Soldiers, but the Roast Duck and Garlic Prawn were the ones that caught my attention. S has a thing for soft shell crab, so he went for that and the roast duck as well. All the rolls were generously filled with vermicelli noodles, coriander, cucumber, mint, shallots and the meat of choice. They also came with sauce packets and we went with something a bit different: hoisin and chilli mayo. Why I never tried putting chilli mayo on my rolls before is a big mystery to me. I love me some traditional Vietnamese dipping sauces, but that chilli mayo with the fresh rolls was really something else. The hoisin was, as expected, good too!
Also, how cute is it that they call their rice paper rolls Soldiers?! I love it!
The BBQ Chicken Noodle Salad was also a generous serve. The pickled carrot and daikon slices went really well with the noodles and the chicken. Mixing the nuoc mam cham (Vietnamese fish sauce dressing) with everything in the bowl is always a good idea because it gives everything that signature sweet and salty flavor. Hope you’re not averse to the smell and/or taste of fish sauce!
That quick meal set us up nicely for an afternoon inside the NGV. We had enough fuel for all the walking around, but we admittedly became hungry again earlier than usual (we got some snacks on our way home). I should have probably gotten more Soldiers; I’ll keep that in mind for next time.
Overall, I ended up loving Roll’d and their little Soldiers, specifically the roast duck ones. I even had a day when I was craving for their food when we got back in NZ! S, on the other hand, wasn’t as into their stuff even though he said they weren’t necessarily bad. It just wasn’t his thing and that’s completely okay too.
Roll’d: Southgate, Melbourne, Southbank VIC 3006 (Other locations can be found here.)