In the cosmopolitan Santa Catalina district of Palma, Viêtnam Café opened a decade ago, after the owner’s visit to Vietnam.
Impressed by the spices and other ingredients that go into the country’s distinctive gastronomy, he brought a little part of Vietnam – in the form of its cuisine, two chefs and the maître d’ – to Mallorca.
The restaurant seats 37 people and has a relaxed contemporary décor, with attractive pendant lampshades and beaded curtain feature.
Ingredients flown in from Vietnam include green rice, lotus seeds, lemongrass and the Asian fish known as pangasius. These, along with locally sourced other ingredients, are turned into authentic Vietnamese dishes, low in fat and packed with flavour.
We can recommend a platter of nemos of Hanoi – spring rolls (for sharing); pho (traditional Vietnamese soup) and dishes including pork in caramel and beef cooked with lemongrass. On request, serving staff explain anything unfamiliar and arrange for appropriate spice heat of dishes to be adjusted.
There’s a well-priced lunchtime set menu from Tuesday (closed Monday) to Friday. Wines are from Mallorca and the Spanish mainland.
Takeaway service available.
We love…the creatively presented food.