With its stylized olive-and-black façade and the silhouette of a lone woman in a wide hat standing in the midst of white lettering, Mama Hong's Vietnamese Kitchen stands out on Burbank's San Fernando Boulevard.
Inside, spare décor and clean lines highlight a long, mirrored wall that is strung, ceiling to chair rail, with strands of rope that from a distance almost look like streams of water. The restaurant looks like a lunch joint from chair rail down, and more upscale from chair rail up, like it's wearing a dress shirt and jacket with shorts — giving it a fun, relaxed feel.
The food and attentive service stand out as well. We started with cha gio, egg rolls fried crisp, stuffed with ground pork, glass noodles, eggs, carrots, onions and radishes. The exterior was golden brown and greaseless, the interior a delicious blend of flavors and textures. Nuoc cham dipping sauce added its flavor of lime, fish sauce, garlic and red pepper.