Many omnivores I know are apprehensive about eating tofu (maybe it's the texture or general fear of the unknown), so when my omnivorous friend Marc commented that one of his favorite meals is a curry tofu hot pot at Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant, I knew I had to check the place out. My friend Christopher and I met up with Horacio, Marc, and Ty at the BYOB joint last night for food, wine, and conversation. Upon entering the quasi hole-in-the-wall, we were immediately seated and handed a cork screw. I took the opportunity to contribute a bottle of Becker Iconoclast Cabernet Sauvignon (thanks for the heads up, C&S) to accompany our dinner, and Ty contributed a nice Argentine malbec.
We ordered several appetizers and enjoyed our wine as we studied the extensive menu. I was overwhelmed with the many vegetarian and vegan dinner options! Christopher ordered a lemon grass tofu rice bowl, Marc ordered his curry tofu hot pot, and I ate a spicy vegetable and tofu stir fry. The kitchy-cool dining room catered to a diverse clientele including posh ladies who lunch, young hipsters, and design industry professionals. And I was especially excited to see some fellow Spiral Diner regulars in the crowd! Dinner was fabulous and über cheap...$15 each, 20% tip included. I was so happy with my dining experience last night, I immediately e-mailed my friends Bret and Jenn to plan a follow-up visit to Mai's.
Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant
4812 Bryan Street