A&J Vietnamese Restaurant - which specialises in fresh and tasty traditional Vietnamese food - will celebrate 12 months of operation in Armidale this December.
The restaurant opened its doors at 117 Beardy Street, Armidale in December last year and has been flat out cooking up a storm for local residents ever since.
Owner Thi Dinh said some of their specialty dishes included pho, Vietnamese pancakes, spring rolls, rice paper roll, vermicellis, pork chop with rice and A&J salad (which is named after his sons Anthony and Jacob).
Previously operating out of the Guyra Hotel, Thi said he had many requests from customers to move to Armidale and produce his special dishes for the locals.
"I have been in Australia since 2008 and living in Sydney," said Thi. "I did not know Armidale before I moved to Guyra where my wife had cousins living.
"I opened my restaurant in the Guyra Hotel and I had to close it when COVID-19 shut everything down. When the Guyra Hotel was put on the market I moved to Armidale with my family and opened A&J Vietnamese Restaurant.
"When I was in Guyra I had some regular Customers from Armidale and they asked me to move to Armidale."
Thi said he was working in hospitality when he was living in Vietnam and continued working in Asian restaurant kitchens in Sydney after he arrived in Sydney.
"I really love and enjoy food and that is why I love cooking," said Thi. "I am happy when I make someone happy with my food." The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday (lunch/dinner).