Mama’s Bưởi is a modern Vietnamese restaurant on Devonshire Street, about a five-minute walk from Central Station. A play on words honouring the owner’s mother, the welcoming, home-style interior design provides a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
For lunch, I ordered the Pho Chay, the vegetarian version of the iconic pho beef noodle soup. Vietnam actually has a large vegetarian and vegan food culture, being home to a large Buddhist population and bountiful fresh produce.
I was also given a good amount of toppings to augment the dish including bean sprouts, Vietnamese basil and fresh cut chilli.
The noodles and ingredients were perfectly cooked. I loved the chunky, rustic and wavy cut of the vegetables. It made me feel like I was eating a dish prepared by my Mum! The vegetable-based soup (I was given a choice) was just as flavourful as the meat-based version. I was very satisfied with this dish and I can’t wait to order it again when I go back!
I ordered a Vietnamese Coffee to wash it all down. The drink came in a small glass with thick, black coffee upon a bottom layer of condensed milk. For those of you who are not familiar with South-east Asian coffee, they like it heavily roasted, almost burnt and this was no exception. The dark roast with condensed milk makes for a thick, sweet and tasty coffee.
Showing photos of my lunch to my girlfriend made her very jealous and I’m still looking for an excuse to go back. If you’re looking for a chill place to go for Vietnamese food near Central Station, give Mama’s Bưởi a try.
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