Vietnamese. Just like Mama makes it.
Mamas Buoi is a Vietnamese chain is brought to you by the guys behind Roll’d in Melbourne and is aimed to bring you home cooked Vietnamese meals.
Lychee Martini – Who says a stiff drink can’t be delicious?
Gỏi cuốn – Roast Pork and Crackling Rice Paper Rolls ($8)
The good ol’ rice paper wrap is a snacking favourite of mine, but I’ve never had them with roast pork and CRACKLING. Seriously good stuff. The pork is tender and juicy while the crackling is crisp. The pork flavour mixes really well with the fresh veggies in the roll.
Crisp fried, shell-on school prawns ($10)
Ive seen these little bite size beauties popping up on menus all over town, and for good reason – they’re damn delicious! Mamas Buoi have done a fantastic job with them. Served with a soy dipping sauce they are flash fried to a gorgeous crisp and adorned with a good helping of chili and spring onion.
House Made Pork and Chicken Liver Pate – Served with pickled veggies and traditional sesame crackers ($12)
I love, love, LOVE pate, so when I saw this on the menu I jumped right at it. The creamy, meaty spread was heavenly and went so well with the airy sesame crackers. I thought the pickled veggies were a great and necessary addition as they cut the richness of the pate, and were pretty delicious in their own right.
Thịt Kho – Caramilised pork belly & free ranged eggs braised in coconut juice ($16)
Sweet and tender chunks of pork belly and free ranged eggs gently float in a steaming bath of coconut, onion and chili broth. Sweet. Spicy. Sensational. You can wipe that drool off your mouth now…
Mamas Boy’s Buoi – Crispy fried soft-shell crab ($18)
This house special was definitely a crowd pleaser, which pretty much means we demolished it in no time and fought over the scraps. The crab is cooked in a light and spicy batter giving it a beautiful crunch and smashing flavour. The dish also comes with a zesty green mango and pomelo salad and a handful of prawn crackers to scoop it all up with.
Vietnamese Marinated Chicken Skewers – ($18)
Perfect to share, these succulent sticks of aromatic chicken were simple yet tasty. Served with pickles and fresh salad.
Stylishly laid back – choose from booths, communal tables or sit on the bar to watch the magic happen.
Bánh Rán – Taro Doughnuts stuffed with red bean jam & coated in sesame seeds.
Now im not a really big fan of red bean in desserts but I gave this a try out of sheer curiosity. Lets just say it wasn’t for me. My fellow diners however enjoyed it thoroughly eating their and my discarded share. Everyone’s different and everyone has their own dining preferences. So give it a try and see for yourself!
Keep an eye out for more! Mamas Buoi is set to open another location in Crows Nest soon, with plenty more to come.
116 Devonshire Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010