Mama’s Buoi is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant and bar tucked away in GPO Lane beside Melbourne’s GPO/H&M.
The venue is inspired by Mama Hoang, the mother of one of the owners and an excellent home cook. It takes traditional Vietnamese cuisine and gives it a modern, Melbourne twist in keeping with its laneway setting.
For a limited time Mama’s Buoi is dishing up the ultimate Pig Out menu at each of its locations (not just Melbourne GPO). It consists of seven new sharing dishes including sticky pork ribs and a bacon dessert!
I was invited to taste the Pig Out menu, which is a la carte, not a set menu of seven courses. As such, I recommend the following dishes as my highlights:
Sticky pork bao ($14 for 2). These baos have been a best-seller for Mama’s Buoi and it’s easy to see why. The bun is as fluffy as a cloud, the pork belly is crispy and melting at the same time and the slick sauce is contrasted by slivers of pickled carrots.
Crispy pancake with grilled pork ($14 for 2). These bites are taco-inspired but far removed from their original Mexican counterparts in all but shape. Grilled pork, such as that found in banh mi, is stuffed with pickled veg and herbs into a crunchy rice-based taco shell.
Lemongrass pulled pork spring rolls ($15 for 2) are crispy, fragrant morsels accompanied by a dipping sauce and lettuce leaves for wrapping.
Out of the main courses my pick is the veg tofu in pork and mushroom XO sauce ($24). The tofu are lightly fried marshmallows amidst a sticky, slightly chilli sauce which is perfect on top of steamed rice.
Cap of your night with one of Mama’s Buoi’s signature cocktails – the Pho cocktail ($19). It’s not as bizarre as it sounds as they take the aromatic ingredients that make up pho – mint, ginger, star anise, palm sugar – turn it into a syrup then serve it over ice with gin and Grand Marnier. It really does taste a little like chicken pho!
The Pig Out menu is only available for a limited time so don’t miss out.Get piggy with it at Mama’s Buoi with some out-of-the-box Vietnamese food and unique cocktails!