Have you guys been to the cute and quirky Vietnamese eatery, Maid Mice down Unley Road yet? The restaurant owned by cousins, Tien and Kieu, got set up and running late last year and has been a hit with Adelaidians ever since. They offer Vietnamese favourites with influences of other cuisines incorporating in the dishes, a reflection of other foods the girls have been brought up with. Both owners were born in the year of the rat however having ‘rat’ in their restaurant name wouldn’t have been the most appetising drawcard so Maid Mice was born.
We were recently invited to Maid Mice for a #ZomatoMeetup by the lovely folks at Zomato Aus along with other fellow food bloggers and Zomato-ers with dinner and drinks all paid for. *Gets ticked off the list*
We were hosted by Tien for the evening who was every bit welcoming, friendly and informative. Mason jars of Pimm’s flowed out of the kitchen for all, a refreshing beverage of Pimm’s, strawberries, lychee, orange and cucumber to combat that warm Spring day that we were experiencing before the cold settled upon us once again.
Salmon ceviche; $16.50
Our menu for the evening started off with their popular salmon ceviche. Upon the first look, I thought the salmon slices appeared to be too thick for a ceviche, but the thought was soon dashed as the delicate slices of fish melted away with a punchy dressing of light soy and citrus and a creamy subtle nasal clearing hit of wasabi mayonnaise. The hints of Vietnamese herbs was subtle yet fragrant on the nose and palate. Each plate was shared between two people, a generous serving size but one where I did not complain. SO. TASTY. 😛
F.O.B basket; $12.50
The ‘F.O.B.’ basket was a mixture of Vietnamese deep fried favourites, spring rolls, wontons and ‘nem’ sticks–tasty grilled pork skewers with a slight char on the outside.
Claypot rice, a combination of soy infused rice, pork sausage, chicken, prawns, glass noodles, greens and mushrooms, all topped with a golden egg yolk ready to be broken up, mixed and cook through from the heat lingering inside the claypot. I like to refer it to the Vietnamese version of a Korean bibimbap, same concept but different flavours. A delicious main, however our claypot wasn’t quite hot enough to give the base a crispy bottom (just like a paella) that I was searching for.
Red bean creme brulee
We finished off our meal with a new addition from their menu, a red bean creme brulee. The caramelised sugar top was evident, which gave way to a not so sweet red bean creme with a slightly grainy texture, which is expected from red bean. It was just right, it wasn’t sickeningly sweet and the perfect size for one. I think it’d be a nice touch if there were some actual whole red beans in the creme for a bit of texture and to really drive home the red bean flavour.
A pot of Jasmine tea for myself to cap off our delicious feed whilst my brave foodie friend ordered one of Vietnam’s favourite potent beverage, the Vietnamese Iced Coffee. 😛
The restaurant is spacious, bright and friendly with personal photographs littering the walls amongst bespoke fixtures. The noise cancelling panels on the ceiling, the old school encyclopedia books acting as shelves and the one of a kind bar with the initials of MM on the front facade with souvenirs and knick knacks from home, their childhood and of course, Vietnam can be seen and admired. The space can be spilt and separated, perfect for private functions complete with a projector which currently filters through Tien’s holiday snaps in Vietnam but can be used for private functions too.
A great spot for Vietnamese favourites with a twist, the service really was impeccable and judging from the comments on Zomato alone, it doesn’t seem like it was a once off for us because we had a meet up there either. I’m really looking forward to returning for more of that ceviche and a taste of their burgers which appears to be a hit with many!
[dbites was invited to Maid Mice by Zomato]
50 Unley Road
Unley SA 5061
P 08 7226 8501
Thu-Sat 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm