And you want to go for dinner because: vegan phở. Bolaven’s menu is inspired by Laotian cuisine, and flavors are fresh, dominant and exciting. Their phở is a warming anise-based broth swirled with noodles, tofu, greens and mushrooms. It’s served with a little collection of condiments that allow you to customise the soup to your taste: lime, chilli, salt-pickled vegetables, peanuts, dried onion.
Some of the vegetable side dishes are vegan, too: we tried steamed beans with coriander, ginger and sesame seeds, and grilled eggplant with lemongrass, ginger, cherry tomatoes and peanuts. Both were pretty special.
Bolaven is at 597 Mt Eden Rd – a bit further away from the city than Mount Eden Village. It’s open 8am-4pm every day for breakfast & lunch (the daytime menu is quite egg-centric, but phở is available any time). Dinner is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5.30-11pm.