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“Terrible!” 1 of 5 stars
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Ho Chi Mama
6c, 421 Brunswick Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia
07 3252 3213
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Cuisines: Vietnamese, cuisine.name.191
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
“Terrible!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Went here for dinner as I had read some good things about the duck pancakes, and I love duck! Decor was cute, there were around 7 other people eating there at the time. Tried to order, but apparently they had run out of pretty much everything, so we had 2x duck pancakes and some barramundi spring rolls. The duck was TERRIBLE, very very dry. The pancakes were all stuck together, and it was all pretty tasteless. The spring rolls would have been nice, had they not been a mixture of overcooked on the outside, and undercooked on the inside. Oh, and we were told to buy drinks form the convenience store next door because, well, they had run out of them too. We ate, left, and got some chicken wings from the place next door. Never again.

The service wasn't great either- asked for a bottle of water (because they had no drinks), and ended up getting this after our food came out. There were at least 2 tables full of dirty dishes around for most of our meal.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Mt Vincent
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“smooth talking manager spoils the evening”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

this looked like a great place but we allowed the new manager a smooth talking englishman to sell us food that was tasteless and overpriced namely the spring rolls and dumplings with were a reheat job out of a packet.The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and some of the food being served to the other tables looked fine but our only evening in Brisbane was spoilt by listening to someone who should have known better

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“wonderful little find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We went there a few weeks after it opened and just needed to grab something quick and tasty, and I can't wait to go back! To me, that's also the sign of a place that got all the bits right - great product, great service and all the supporting elements.

PROS:
- lovely service, warm and congenial
- food was sooooo tasty, clean flavours, lovely presentation, a nice little zing
- cute decor with simple seating but a nice homely feel

CONS:
- it's not closer to us so we could go more regularly

I'm sure there's Vietnamese food purists who will say whether or not it's authentic, but as someone who just loves food, we both loved Ho Chi Mama. We tried out about five different dishes and each of them was a big thumbs up.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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323 reviews 323 reviews
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Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Delicious new entry to the inner city environs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Vietnamese "street food" prepared imaginatively and beautifully. Perfect place to drop in and snack before or after movies or whatever myriad activities the Valley has to offer. Lovely fresh ingredients and different to the usual offerings. I very much enjoyed the Chicken Pho. It lifted me on a day when I was not feeling my best.
Really interesting surrounds and decor. Worth a try.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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