On Wednesday, December 18, borough and community leaders turned out in support of a new Vietnamese BYO restaurant.
Collegeville’s Mayor, Council members, Borough Administration, and members of the Police Department; Ursinus College; community leaders and local business owners all turned out for owner Mary Mai and her restaurant, Pho Mai.
Mary Mai served the group a tasting menu of crispy spring rolls, shrimp tempura and a Vietnamese pho of simmered beef broth with herbs, noodles, vegetables and meat. There was also a vegetarian option.
“The food was terrific! I loved the spring rolls. The appetizers and pho were tasty, healthy and delicious, and I can’t wait to come back again,” said Mayor Aidsand Wright-Riggins. New Council member Val Beckius commented that “the breading on the shrimp was light and moist.”
Pastor Suzanne of Trinity UCC Church and her spouse Peg termed the dinner “Excellent! We will be back!” And Police Chief Bart Bucker characterized the dinner as “authentic Vietnamese food that was very fresh and much better than I expected.”
Mary Mai thanked her architect, contractor, food supplier, wait and kitchen staff and others for helping to make her restaurant’s opening a reality.
An Excellent Vietnamese Menu
Pho Mai’s menu includes summer and spring rolls, pho, bun hue (lemongrass soup with rice noodles), vermicelli noodle bowls, rice platters served with a mixed salad platter and meat, seafood or vegetarian options; and chef specials, which include filet mignon, chicken, salmon or sea bass and desserts.
Where and When
Pho Mai is in the Collegeville Shopping Center (map it) next to Bella Persone Hair Salon and opens to area residents on Thursday, Dec. 19.
Hours are 11:30 am to 4:30 pm for lunch and from 5:30 to 9:30 pm for dinner. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the restaurant is open until 10:30 pm.