One of the easiest ways to find a good place to eat is to look for somewhere that’s busy. I walk past Aobaba on Capel Street on my way home from work every day and I have never seen it without pretty much every seat full.
I join the short queue in the doorway but as a single diner quickly get ushered to one of the available seats. Each seat is filled here – if you’re a group of three, you’ll likely have someone like me plonk themselves down beside you. With only three tables and eight high stools, space is at a premium.
The menu here is simple but everything you could want from a good Vietnamese restaurant. There are a number of vegetarian options on the menu and pretty much anything without egg is vegan too. I order the large vegetarian pho (€7.80) and vegetarian summer rolls (€3.50) as I set this out as the test of a Vietnamese restaurant in my review of Pho Viet.
The pho arrives overflowing with fresh greens, tofu, bean sprouts, noodles and vegetarian meat. The taste is delicate, as good pho should be, but deliciously savoury and well balanced. The textures of the pho are fantastic with crisp tofu and satisfyingly chewy “meat”. Add in a mix of the accompanying hoi sin sauce, chilli sauce, fresh chillis and fresh lemon and this is everything you could ask for in a vegetarian pho.
The summer rolls have a similar taste to that of the pho – with vegetarian meat, tofu, rice noodles and fresh greens – but with an accompanying sweet chilli sauce that has a great heat to it. Both work incredibly well together and feel freshly made and not manufactured.
The vegan food in Aobaba is unlike anything else I’ve tried in Dublin. It is fresh and authentic and with vegan options that are right up there with some of the best restaurants I have tried. This is one not to miss. You’ll probably have me joining your table too if you’re here at lunch time as I am going to be coming back again and again.
Aobaba is definitely the best vegan Vietnamese food I have tried in Dublin. It is It is fresh, authentic and delicious. One not to miss.