Mon Hue is a local chain selling Vietnamese food, specifically from the town of Hue. They have 60 outlets, mainly in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. It has a modern look, but the branch we visited seemed to be in the middle of embracing some of the retro cafe image. They have a page of vegetarian choices, and do a lot of noodles and rice dishes. The staff were a little jumpy, and annoyingly went to serve local customers before us twice even though they weren’t ready, but were OK otherwise. Food was mixed – wife liked it more than I did.
Hue vegetarian noodle soup had a few different types of mock meat, and a lot of it, in a fairly bland broth with hints of coriander and mint, filled with fat slippery noodles. Not quite nice enough to recommend it.
Mini vegetarian steamed rice pancakes came in a surprisingly large serving, and were steamed rice flour with fried onion, breadcrumbs, and garlic on the top. Wife liked; I thought was boring and didn’t like the texture.
Her Hue noodle soup was apparently better flavoured than mine, and it was packed with various types of pork, beef, crab cake and tofu. They also gave us a couple of otak-otak style fish paste sticks, free of charge, which she enjoyed.
Address: 11 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City