Maba Pan-Asian Diner opened in late December of 2016 in the small strip center at the corner of Gray and Brazos in Midtown. Owner/chef Wayne Nguyen’s menu reflects a modern twist on traditional Vietnamese dishes while presenting uniquely inspired creations. The Vietnam Papaya salad is refreshing, light and savory. The pan-fried lemongrass tilapia conjures up southern Vietnamese simplicity, but the fragrant jasmine rice nestled underneath was truly special. With a dozen tables inside, and a handful of tables and a few high-tops and stools on the outdoor covered patio, the minimally decorated eatery is small and cute enough to be quaint, but the flavors are big and the semi-counter service is personal and charming.
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