Food + drink (restaurant reviews) · Sydney · Sydney · Travel

Mama’s Buoi – over-rated, under-performed

Vietnamese seems to be the newest cuisine on Sydney’s “hot” list.  In recent times, the city has seen more and more Vietnamese restaurants popping up.  Mama’s Buoi has fully jumped on this hyped-up bandwagon, but with an obvious profit-hungry motive, it is over-hyped and falls far short of expectations...

Last week, Miss S organised a catch-up amongst our group of girls and we headed to the Surry Hills canteen to check it out.  I had previously known it to be a restaurant and was surprised to see it was, in fact, a small, cramped, dimmed space, with the next table centimetres away from us (thus my calling it a “canteen”).

The canteen was more focused on turning over as many customers as possible, and believe it or not, when it rains, customers sitting outside the front of the restaurant must either eat in the rain or leave, because the inside space is fully occupied.

Cocktails were $17 for a small glass.  Unfortunately I can’t comment on them as I did not taste them.

Cocktails ($17)
Cocktails ($17)

As for the dishes, we agreed they were quite average.  Vietnamese cuisine is promoted as healthy and light, and while Mama’s Buoi gave this impression, I knew just how unhealthy my vermicelli salad with lemongrass pork and pork spring rolls was – overly salty, overseasoned, spring rolls wrapped in deep fried pork fat in place of spring roll wrappers.

Final verdict, I would not be in a rush to go back.

Vermicilli salad with lemongrass pork and pork spring rolls ($14)
Vermicilli salad with lemongrass pork and pork spring rolls wrapped in deep fried pork fat ($14)

 

Small vegetarian pho ($9) (we had ordered the main size ($14) but were presented with the small size
Small vegetarian pho ($9) (we ordered the main size ($14) but were presented with the small size)
Vietnamese salad with papaya, pomelo
Vietnamese salad with soft shell crab, papaya, and pomelo ($20)

 

Pork pho ($14)
Pork pho ($14)

 

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Address: 116 Devonshire St Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9281 9993
No website (Urbanspoon link here)
Mama's Buoi on Urbanspoon

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