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Mai's Restaurant Restaurant Review: The remodeled Mai’s, reopened in 2011 after a devastating fire the year before, is a model of sleek and lovely décor. The restaurant features a contemporary dining room in soft shades of bamboo green, brown and yellow. Accents include stone, bamboo, mosaic tile and warm wood tones in the millwork (a tribute to Mai’s carpenter father). One of Houston’s first Vietnamese restaurants, Mai’s---named for owner Mai Nguyen---has been a dining and late-night fixture on the Houston scene for years. Tried and true favorites like salt and pepper tofu, garlic beef and spring rolls never fail, but do try some of the newer items including Vietnamese fish tacos---rice paper “tacos” with cucumbers, romaine lettuce, fish sauce, pickled carrots, pressed vermicelli and grilled fish, topped with chopped peanuts, fried onions and thinly sliced green onions---and the dessert lineup laden with treats like coconut cheesecake, fried bananas Foster and flan prepared with Mai’s Vietnamese iced coffee.