I came across Mama’s Buoi by chance when I was doing some last minute research looking for Vietnamese restaurants for our recent trip to Sydney. After reading countless blog reviews, I was determined to try Mama’s Buoi out!
I must say it was quite a mission finding the restaurant, it is located on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills, so we assumed it would not be a long walk, but it actually took over an hour to get there from the CBD! But it was totally worth it – so happy to have found this gem!
Mama’s Buoi serves Vietnamese home-style dishes ranging from Vietnamese grills, hot pots, soups, summer rolls and salads. They also serve beers, cocktails and a range of T2 teas (the lemon and ginger flavour is soothing and delicious).
From the menu, we ordered the Goi cuon rice paper rolls with prawn and pork ($8 for two rolls, cut in half), the Lemongrass pork/pork spring rolls vermicelli noodle salad bowl ($14), the Coconut tamarind curry ($14) and the BBQ chicken slaw (also $14).
The rice paper rolls were yummy, but the nuoc mam dipping sauce on the side was the highlight! My sister had the coconut tamarind curry and she said it was very spicy, but had a wonderful flavour. The lemongrass pork vermicelli was almost perfect, but lacking sauce (ended up putting the rice paper rolls sauce on top!). Finally, the BBQ chicken slaw – succulent chicken with a fresh and and delicious slaw, accompanied by the most amazing rice crisps!
All the dishes were fantastic and we all agreed that this was due to the fact that all the spices and herbs were perfectly balanced and everything tasted so fresh!
As for the layout and décor, well it is very cool and modern. Loved the stand out giant mural at the back of the restaurant saying “Con co thuong me khong?” translating to “Do you love Mama?”. The fit out is wonderfully bright, the menus are pretty and best of all, the kitchen is open, so you can watch the chefs do their thing (the smells are heavenly!).
Overall, dining at Mama’s Buoi was a great experience – friendly staff, fresh and delicious food and nice atmosphere… now just gotta start planning my next trip over!
116 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 10pm and closed on Sundays
Recommended: lemon and ginger tea, summer rolls, and any of their vermicelli salads