Wondering around the city for dinnner with Mr 3 cents and Miss Curly Fries we eventually made it to Mama’s Buoi with Miss Curly Fries recommendation.
Cool Shelves At The Bar
When we got there, it was super duper packed and were told it’ll be a 10 minutes wait for a table since we didn’t have a reservation (tip: make a reservation). We were shown to the bar and checked the menu out and BAM 10minutes later, we had a clean and spacious table! Miss Curly Fries was way too excited and she rattled off all the things we were going to get and share (sharing is caring yo!). Mr 3 cents wasn’t too fussed and I guess it was ladies night once again.
First thing that came out were the viet style salt & pepper squid since Mr 3 cents kept going on and on about how much he LOVED squid! This was surprisingly AWESOME. I didn’t expect that at all. It was lightly battered and tossed in spices and my gosh I was LOVING IT! Remember to squeeze the lemon all over it too!
Viet Style Salt & Pepper Squid – $15
Next dish was the Bánh Cuốn which were rice noodles stuffed with mushrooms, shallots and pork. This was my favourite dish out of everything. The fish sauce gave it a little flavour and blends everything beautifully together. The stuffing was AWESOME SAUCE and it came with these fried chả and this was the BEST part! I’m drooling just thinking about it again!
Bánh Cuốn (4pc) – $15
We also got the phở gà (Hanoi Style) to share and it was not only HUGE AS portions, it was pretty damn good (coming from someone whose mumsy bear will make it at home). The broth was so light and refreshing and absolutely balanced. No additions were required. The chicken wasn’t dry either which was an AWESOME sign and Miss Curly Fries devoured it all in no time.
Phở gà (Hanoi Style) – $25 (large bowl to share)
The final dish was the Mama Boy’s Bưởi salad which had soft shell crab with zesty green papaya and pomelo. The soft shell crab was AMAZEBALL and the salad was so refreshing. It had quite a lot of bean shoots and I’m not the biggest fan of that. Mr 3 Cents would have liked it better if the soft shell crab and the salad were separate dishes. The prawn crackers were to DIE FOR (not literally of course!).
Mama Boy’s Bưởi Salad – $22
I’m never one to suggest a Vietnamese joint because, hey, mumsy bear makes it at home for me (so spoilt, I know!) but this is a place I’ll definitely recommend. Great atmosphere, great joint hidden away, awesome staff and great food to match, what else can you ask for?
Shop G25 Postal Lane, Melbourne GPO, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9671 3426