This restaurant has been open for a few months now, we went for the first time last week. The pork & mushroom spring rolls were some of the best I have ever had! You get two large spring rolls per order, definitely enough to share. We also had the chicken curry, it was just okay. Try their Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, it's pretty good. The portion sizes are a bit small for the price but I will be back even if only for the spring rolls!
modern, clean, sophisticated. Not your typical greasy spoon hole-in-the-wall run by an uncle and an auntie and with kids running underfoot. (and a dog in the kitchen...)
Menu: finally something more than Pho. Prices affordable.
Service: other than funny accents we didn't see any faults.
(do you want your pho with beef BISCUIT?... err, do you mean BRISKET... yes, the BISCUIT).
We went twice: once 5 people, once just the two of us.
Food: Loved the pork and mushroom rolls, the spring prawn rolls, etc, stir fries, wonton soup, and fried banana. Pho was OK.
Couldn't make up our mind on the vegetarian stir-fry: it had some good authentic flavour, but lacked something...and the starch blobs in the sauce were HUGE. (oyster sauce -flavoured gummi bears anybody?)
Sorely disappointed by the hotly recommended by other reviewers "shrimp on the sugar cane"... they tasted like some artificial junk food I can get in asian markets: fake coloring, the shrimp (or whatever that was) was pureed and mixed with enough fillers to not resemble anything, and especially not the shrimp.
but hey - it was favorite with other customers, we all have our preferences.
We are definitely going back - we will steer clear of the fake shrimp thing...and enjoy everything else.
My Lady and I wanted a Vietnamese meal so we tried Mai's and were not disappointed. We ordered an appetiser of Viet Calamari and a Mai's platter that included a Spring Roll, Salad Roll, Skewered Pork, Skewered Chicken Breast, Sugar Came Shrimp, Betel Wrapped Beef all served with Vermicelli rice and a variety of sauces. A wonderful lunch! The staff were very good, the restaurant itself was clean and nicely appointed. We will be back and often
My wife and I have been going here at least once a month and we always bring our friends. The Vietnamese style Calamari is the best I've ever had, so tender and well balanced with flavor. We also like the sugar cane shrimp as an appetizer.
For a light lunch, I usually have the beef and greens, which is tasty and healthy at the same time. The vinagrette sauce enhances the flavor of the marinated beef.
My favorite dinner plates are the beef stew, hue style soup, won ton soup, chicken vermicelli, and curry chicken on rice. They have a sour soup that I'm looking forward to trying next.
For dessert, you must have the deep fried banana with vanilla ice cream, what a treat! They have an assortment of desserts that I'd like to try, which are not typically found in standard vietnamese restaurants.
For drinks, my wife usually gets the blended Vietnamese Coffee with condensed milk and I love the avocado smoothy, which is a bit pricey, but well worth it.
Overall, a great dining experience, service is friendly, staff wears clean uniforms, very clean, new and modern dining area, and MOST IMPORTANTLY the washrooms are spotless and beautiful.
We, party of six, went to Mai's for a Saturday family dine out, the food was food, we ordered some fly chicken wings, fly shirmps, and spring rolls, we enjoyed the Mai's combination plate which has 6 or 7 items that all of us can try, the spring rolls were best too. The service was good. Outsatnding restaurant!
I've been meaning to try this new restaurant for some time. I dropped in the other day for lunch and had a beef and veggie stirfry on egg noodles. It was excellent, and is a traditional Vietnamese dish not commonly found at restaurants.
I returned the next day with my wife, who's Vietnamese and her parents and they were very impressed as well. We had a variety of traditional dishes, vermicelli (bun) and rice (com) and they were certainly well above standard of most Vietnamese restaurants around Vancouver. There is a great variety of food, dessert and drinks on the menu that should keep us coming back for more.
The ambience is very pleasant, and very clean. Those used to traditional Viet restaurants will probably find the ambience and service geared towards caucasians, but it was a nice change from the dime a dozen pho restaurants.
The service was excellent. The owner was in the dining area mingling with the patrons, and really gave you the impression that she appreciated having you at the restaurant. She was very friendly and gave us and our baby personal attention.
Overall, a very great experience and I anticipate we'll return often.
My husband and I tried Mai's a little over a week ago and were pleasantly surprised. Prices are all around the 10 to 15 dollar mark for large portions. Everything was so fresh and flavorful. There were many options to choose from on the menu, so many that I couldn't decide. Our waitress was nice enought to let us order a sample of a few dishes complimentary with the dishes that we ordered so we could know what to order the next time we came. I had the chicken stirfry and he ordered the beef vermicelli. And, we had the spring rolls to start. Everything was fantastic and we would definetly go back.
I frequent Vietnamese restaurants often. This is by far the worst treatment I've received from a waitress in years. When I arrived the restaurant was nearly empty...the waitress would not allow me to sit at a booth....she said it was for groups of patrons. She chose my table...an uncomfortable two seater in line with the kitchen. I don't eat beansprouts so I asked she omit them but I still wanted the lime, jalapeno's etc. She said they were out of them. When a group of 4 sat down...they all received their items. I asked for the customary complementary jasmine tea....she brought me earl grey. When I asked about the tea she argued that it was jasmine tea....? While eating my soup another single white lady walked in & received the exact same treatment. I finished my soup & proceeded to pay. When I questioned her about the fact the restaurant was nearly empty & I could have sat in a more comfortable area she said it was better b/c she'd just have to move me if bigger groups arrived? Also-when reviewing the bill....she charged me for that earl grey tea! I asked about the tea & she just said we charge for the tea. The entire experience was terrible & felt like reverse racism to me. I won't be back & I doubt the lady next to me will either!
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