We are big Mamasan's fans. It's close by, cute, and always delicious with a waitstaff that is unfailingly friendly and prompt. I'd say that next to Chen's, it's one of our main go-tos.
So, I was curious to try Mamasan's Noodle Cafe on a cold, rainy night after work and before an evening ceremony. I should first share that I have a phobia about parallel parking, so I had avoided the Noodle Cafe since it opened. But, as I headed out down Mt. Hope looking for a quick place to catch a cold-soothing dinner, I noticed the lot was empty, so I braved it.
The Noodle Cafe is teeny with about 8 tables; it is brightly colored inside with citrus painted walls and sunflowers decorating the tables and windows. The cafe offers a limited version of Mamasan's menu with an emphasis (as the name suggests) on noodles. One of my favs at the big Mamasan's is the Vietnamese Noodle Salad, but that night, I wanted something warm and soothing. The clerk suggested Vietnamese Curry Chicken Soup, which sounded just right. I also ordered chicken summer rolls to get my vermicelli fix :)
The soup was delicious: a rich, deep curry flavor captured in a light broth that was filled with yellow noodles, sweet potatoes (not a fan, but I worked around them), carrots, and chunks of chicken--with a good sized sprig of cilantro on top. The bowl was huge--so big that I only ate half and brought home the rest. I could feel my head clearing as I ate. What is it about curry that makes one feel so safe and good and happy? It's like a magical elixir!! Yay, curry!
All hail Mamasan's--big and small, it's fantastic!