Frankfurt Restaurant Review: Mai Viên

In Frankfurt Tips by Thomas Minkus

By Thomas Minkus

Being on the road, traveling to other parts of the country or even other countries means choosing a place to eat for every breakfast, lunch and dinner. This can be challenging especially if you don’t know your way around your destination or you don’t speak the language. After a long day at a book fair, it is important to find a restaurant with good food and fast service.

One of my favorite places in Frankfurt, is Mai Viên, a Vietnamese restaurant, which happens to be located within walking distance (15 minutes) from the fairgrounds. If you are in the mood for a casual, inexpensive restaurant and freshly cooked comfort food, Mai Viên is the right place for you.

Mai Viên has an open and airy feel to it. It is sparingly and tastefully decorated. The big, solid wood, unfinished tables are great for groups of six to eight people.

Whatever you choose from the menu, you can’t go wrong. Among the starters, I usually can’t resist the bacon wrapped prawns (#10) for 5.50 euros. The chicken salad (#23) for 4 euros is also on the top of my list.

Most entrees are also very reasonably priced at around 10 euros, and there are vegetarian options. If you feel like a special treat and don’t mind spending 14 euros, go for the beef barbecued on the griddle (#64). It is served on a sizzling hotplate and you can wrap each bite yourself in rice paper with fresh herbs, salad and rice noodles. Very satisfying and tasty. Download the English menu here.

The menu offers a good variety of beers, wines and soft drinks. Personally, I never had enough room left to order dessert, but my friends tell me they are really delicious.

Mai Viên is closed on Mondays. During the Book Fair, you need to make reservations. The kitchen is open for lunch, and for dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm.

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About the Author

Thomas Minkus

Thomas Minkus is VP of English Language Markets for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Based in the Book Fair’s New York City office, he spearheads the company’s activities in the fields of digital and mobile publishing, as well as new rights initiatives. In addition, he is responsible for Fair’s exhibitors and customers in all English-languages markets and those from the STM and education sectors. Thomas is also one of the co-founders of Publishing Perspectives. An online publishing newsletter, Publishing Perspectives delivers daily international news and opinion about the industry from top members of the global publishing community. Prior to joining the Fair in 2003, he worked as VP of Sales & Marketing for Learn Technologies, an educational publishing and technology company in New York City.