After initially closing for a few weeks, Hochi Mama is now offering its Vietnamese fusion for both takeaway and delivery, Tuesday to Sunday evenings. Order takeaway online here. Delivery is available on Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Doordash.
Picture a group of high school kids with a love of ‘90s hip hop, shooting hoops and tucking into a Vietnamese feast every day. This was the after-school routine of Hochi Mama founders and long-time friends Midawell Phal, Thai Ho and Raymond Phan.
As the trio grew up, their vision for combining these passions in an alleyway setting saw the launch of a neon-clad, street-art-covered restaurant where the tables, tunes and lively atmosphere spill out onto the footpath.
The menu introduces contemporary flavours carefully, while still honouring tradition. Take the caramelised-garlic king prawns. They’re served on toasted kale for crunch and colour. The Mekong Delta oysters are meaty and juicy with a decent kick of chilli. A signature dish is the Pho’pling – a mash-up of Shanghai soup dumplings and pho. Don’t go past the crowd-pleasing Hochi Fried Chicken either.
Each afternoon, Hochi Mama’s bar staff squeeze out two litres of lemon- and lime-juice for cocktails that rep the hip-hop playlist. Try the Ain’t Nothing But A Gin Thing (sloe gin, blueberries and caramel). Or let the food guide your choices – Hochi Mama suggests cocktail matches, rather than the usual wine. Interactive elements such as melting fairy floss, fire and smoking drinks add to the fun.