A taste of Vietnam: CafÃ© Ã“-Mai
Nisha Fernandez | On 27, Mar 2016
If youâ€™ve never heard of CafÃ© Ã“-Mai, then youâ€™re in for a treat (literally!), because itâ€™s about to become your new favourite spot.Having recently returned from Vietnam, where I inevitably fell in love with Vietnamese culture and food, I was extremely motivatedÂ to find somewhere in Brisbane that resembled the lifestyle and food that I enjoyed so much over there.
And I found it hidden away in the streets of Annerley, amongst the hustle and bustle of Ipswich Road. CafÃ© Ã“-Mai is a family owned restaurant that provides a fresh, unique taste of Vietnamese cuisine, at more than affordable prices.
Over the last few years, CafÃ© Ã“-Mai has flourished; the original location has been renovated and expanded to cater to a larger crowd, while the interior has been transformed into a unique and cosy setting for a quick â€“ or relaxed â€“ bite.
From hot soups to refreshing noodle salads, CafÃ© Ã“-Mai has you covered – their menu consists of your usual Vietnamese favourites; pho, vietnamese coffee, banh mi, and rice paper rolls, but the breakfast menu, a fusion of Vietnamese flavours and breakfast classics is where the menu really shines.
A menu standout is the vermicelli noodle salad- The vermicelli noodles are combined with fresh salad, fish sauce and your topping of choice. I highly recommend trying the ‘bit of everythingâ€™ option, as this gives you the chance to taste their spring rolls, succulent beef wrapped in betal leaf, and tender chargrilled chicken.
CafÃ© Ã“-Mai works toward giving patrons a real taste of Vietnam, where itâ€™s all about the fast and reliable service; but they also have a desire to change the standard of breakfast meals to reflect Vietnamese culture. In Vietnam, peopleÂ eatÂ noodles in the morning, andÂ CafÃ© Ã“-Mai want to give us the opportunity to be eating Pho at 8.30am.
Itâ€™s clear that the restaurantâ€™s success comes from the brilliant service that they provide, and is also evident in their family-orientated nature and combined love for good food, which is demonstrated through the delicious meals that they provide their patrons.
Image credit:Â CafÃ© Ã“-Mai website.