The people behind Roll’d – Tin Ly, Ray Esquieres, Bao and Angela Hoang – and fourth partner and General Manager Quintin Mansell, are welcoming people to Mama’s Buoi, their take on home-cooked Vietnamese cuisine. Here you’ll find more than the typical pho noodle soups and broken rice – the team has gone for menu items you can’t readily get at your local restaurant, but which you are more likely to find at family dinner at your Vietnamese mate’s house.
Located on Postal Lane behind H&M in Melbourne’s GPO, this restaurant (part of a chain) is studiously casual. Chipped paint, festoon lights and mismatched school chairs make for a comfortable take on someone’s courtyard. The fit-out was put together by Hoang, with designer Matt John.
While the familiar bùn salads and gòi cuón rice paper rolls are on offer, fusion-food is recommended: fried chicken with fish sauce and ginger; Wagyu sirloin with green papaya; and taro doughnuts. Along with a range of Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian and local beers, there’s a dedicated cocktail menu.