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Bun Belly Takes Flight On Airport Blvd

06.12.2015 by: Travis Sandoval
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Options for ethnic meals in Austin continue to grow and now there’s one more great Vietnamese restaurant to add to the list. The delightfully named Bun Belly is the latest eatery to pop up on the growing Airport Boulevard food scene.

Brought to you by the owners of Pho Thaisson, Bun Belly offers casual and traditional fare with a few farm to table twists and locally sourced ingredients. The menu features great starter options like salads, rolls, and sliders but focuses on bun bowls and noodles for main dishes.

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Start your meal by sharing some delicious Steamed Bun Belly Sliders.

During our visit, we started with the Steamed Bun Belly Sliders. If you’re familiar with Vietnamese pork buns, you probably dream about their lightly sweet and doughy steamed buns. These delicious buns are stuffed with pork belly, pickled carrots, cilantro, and green onion. Some other stand out starters include the Vietnamese Crepe (your choice of shrimp, pork, tofu, or mushrooms with green onion, sprouts, lettuce, and fresh herbs) and Salt and Pepper Tofu (featuring beer battered and sauteed tofu with onion, jalapeño, seasonal greens, and a lime dipping sauce).

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We chose pork for our Bun Bowl but you can also choose chicken.

For our main dishes, we chose a Pork Bun Bowl (featuring vermicelli, lettuce, pickled carrots, and garden herbs) and the Bun Belly Egg Noodle (pork belly, bok choy, seasonal vegetable, an over easy egg, red and green onion, and beef broth on side). The second bowl is a hearty serving that can be both indulgent and light at the same time. Some other items on the menu include Classic Pho, Pad Thai, and stir-fry dishes.

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The Bun Belly Egg Noodle is a delicious and hearty bowl.

You’ll also find a great selection of wine and sake on the menu as well as daily dessert specials.

The restaurant’s interior is small but spacious with a very zen-like sensibility. Bright with plenty of bamboo touches, the decor gets playful with eclectic mid-century light fixtures and kitschy salt and pepper shakers. While the restaurant may be cozy, it works for casual yet intimate dining making it a great option for a date night.

This weekend if you’re looking to let your taste buds explore, check out Bun Belly! 

{Bun Belly Official Site}

TAGS : Hyde Park/North Loop , Bun Belly