As we pulled up behind the slow and heavy traffic grind of Ipswich Road, we came across the rustic corner cafe. Coloured like the creams and browns of the cold drip Vietnamese coffee on their tables, we had arrived at Cafe O-Mai.
The four musketeers were reunited once again, after a long break. In between our conversations, Big Salmon, Breadface, Chobani and I eyed over the wide spread of breakfast goods. Highlights included steaming bowls of Pho with variations from Special Beef to Brisbane’s only Vegetarian Pho; Duck Banh Mi; Aunty 5’s Claypot Baked Eggs; Brioche French Toast with Poached Rhubarb, Vanilla and Pistachio; and Corn Fritters.
It wasn’t long before paper turned to plates.
Big Salmon slurped up his large Special Beef Pho, whilst splitting a Pulled Pork Banh Mi with Chobani. Meanwhile, Chobani enjoyed his Black Angus Pho. For Breadface, a baby Beef Pho paired with a Cold Drip Vietnamese Coffee.
As a lover of Banh Mi, no wasn’t an option. I indulged in a Tofu Banh Mi- soy and lemongrass marinated tofu with an oozy fried egg, crunchy sweetly pickled carrots, fine red onions, lettuce and coriander, snugly packed in a beautifully chewy and crisp baguette. Easily the best Banh Mi in town.
We soon left our table with empty bowls and plates, hands smelling of lemon and thai basil and lips tingling with chilli. Leaving the cool shade, and entering the morning inferno, this soul-warming feeling we knew, would last pho-ever.
- Price: $$
- Service: 3/5
- Location: Suburbian, open, street parking