Friday, August 14, 2015

Mama's Buoi, Melbourne CBD by Bureaucrat

If you ever want to eat with a mama's boy, then head to Mama's Buoi.  Located in Postal Lane (where the GPO is in the city), Mama's Buoi is a mid-range Vietnamese eatery.  A splash of colour and a sort of indoor-outdoor seating makes for a nice place to escape the daily grind from the office.  

Ruby Grapefruit, Big Fil and I shared an entree of delicious chilli, salt and pepper school prawns. Though a tad pricey for an entree, it was totally yummo.

Ruby Grapefruit and I both went for the grilled pork and spring roll bun - a warm noodle salad.  While it was fresh, it was rather lacking in ingredients... you definitely get a whole lot more salad and pork and spring rolls in Richmond, Springvale and other other places.  The pork was disappointingly lean (health crusaders...grr!), but the slightly chewy spring rolls was quite nice.

Big Fil opted for the beef and brisket (I think) pho.  While I didn't get to try this, he said the beefy broth had a nice depth of flavour.



Verdict: we liked it.

Overall
The food is good and the set-up is classier than the many Vietnamese eateries in the city (Ba'get, Twee's Hut, Rice Paper, to name a few) but the price is a bit dearer.  I still feel that I get much better bang for my buck at Ba'get and Rice Paper.  Service was quite slow even though we got there by 12pm and it was a mid-week lunch.

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4 comments:

Laura said...

Yeah I wasn't impressed by this place either. I'd go for a cocktail, otherwise you'll find me on Victoria St.

EatAndBeMerry ForTomorrowWeDiet said...

What's your recommendation on Victoria Street? I'm still on the look out for a new favourite place..

Laura said...

Hmm I'm normally lazy and end up at Thy Thy 2. I just can't stop eating the plates of bean shoots!

EatAndBeMerry ForTomorrowWeDiet said...

I'm hoping that the new Vietnamese restaurant that's opening soon at Mt Waverley shopping precinct will be good... It's a pain to drive far for good pho!

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