Au­then­tic Viet­namese at Mai Saigon

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MAI Saigon, Viet­namese Restau­rant, is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the restau­rant scene in Air­lie Beach. The restau­rant is on Air­lie Beach’s main street, above Hog’s Breath, and is op­er­ated by lo­cal res­i­dent Mai Al­gie.

Mrs Al­gie is a Viet­namese Aus­tralian from Saigon and the town­ship of Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta re­gion.

She owned and op­er­ated the orig­i­nal Hog's Breath Cafe fran­chise in Ho Chi Minh City, (Saigon), and af­ter sell­ing her busi­ness she moved to Air­lie Beach.

Her hus­band, Don Al­gie, opened the first ever Hog’s Breath Cafe in Aus­tralia in Air­lie Beach in 1989 and is the owner of the Hog’s Breath fran­chise sys­tem in Aus­tralia.

Now with op­er­a­tions man­ager Tony Nguyen, they hope to in­tro­duce lo­cals and vis­i­tors to their new Viet­namese cui­sine.Viet­namese food is renowned for its fresh, tasty and healthy ap­proach to din­ing.

Once opened the two in­tend to in­tro­duce spe­cialty dishes such as Viet­namese bar­be­cue and Viet­namese hot pot, cooked at the ta­ble for an ex­cit­ing new din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. For those who are af­ter some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent on their night out Mai Saigon also boasts Scoot­ers Bar and Grill.

Scoot­ers im­pres­sive bar sits in the back sec­tion of the restau­rant and dis­plays an au­then­tic orig­i­nal fully re­stored Vespa and a Lam­bretta scooter from 1963 to 1967.

For those who are af­ter more tra­di­tional Aus­tralian and Amer­i­can-style food you can or­der a burger or steak.

They also have gourmet piz­zas avail­able as well as a large se­lec­tion of draft beer.

Mai Saigon and Scooter’s Bar and Grill of­fer a wide range of culi­nary choices in a mod­ern and stylish set­ting and ev­ery­one is wel­come to drop by for a look and to sam­ple Air­lie's lat­est restau­rant.

VIET­NAMESE DE­LIGHTS: Mitch Wey­man, Me­lanie Thomas, Tony Nguyen (man­ager), Mai Al­gie (owner) and Kiara Buck­ley with some of the de­li­cious Viet­namese food avail­able from the newly-opened Mai Saigon restau­rant in Air­lie Beach's main street.

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