Sunday, 4 July 2010

Bahn Mi Bay review - Theobald's Road Vietnamese cheap bite


Address: 4-6 Theobald's Road,
London WC1X 8PN
Tel: 0207 831 4079
Nearest Tube station: Chancery Lane

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10 pp
Service charge: N.A.
Taste: ***
Service: ***
Ambience: ****
Banh Mi Bay is a new Vietnamese cafe which recently opened at 4-6 Theobald's Road. It is simply but tastefully decorated with soothing green walls and flower motifs. I went into the cafe expecting limited choices but found that there was an interesting variety of choices with starters including spring rolls and rice paper rolls and main dishes from the ubiquitous pho to the less heard of pho banh canh (which is described as home made noodles with rice flour and tapioca starch in pork broth served with pork and seafood). Vegetarian options are available too. Of course they have the dish for which they are named after - banh mi, the tasty Viet style sandwiches as well.

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I had the beef pho and shared a spiced pork banh mi with my friend. The broth for the pho was rich in flavour but I found the beef servings and the usual accompanying sprouts and condiments to be of a miserly portion for the price. According to the menu, banh mi could be made with either French baugettes or home made Vietnamese baguettes freshly made on the premises each morning. I was looking forward to having my banh mi with the fresh baguette option but apparently they have not yet commenced production of it as yet. I must say the French baguette did not disappoint - it was crispy and went well with the spiced pork and pickled carrots. Again, the portion of spiced pork was minimal, but at £2.80, I guess I can live with that.

A welcome addition to the area which was sorely lacking in Asian cuisine. I just wish that they are more generous with their portions!

The author, TT is a regular contributor to Singaporean in London and London Chow. She adores the cheap and cheery offerings spotted all around London. 

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5 comments:

Tom said...

I was really sad when that when I tried to pop in it had had an electrical fault and was shut!

I have scoped out a place here in HK but glad to see London is finally getting some proper banh mi.

Tom

C K said...

Tough luck. :)

Am thinking of taking a bus down to have a bite as well now that TT has tried it out. Hope that the electrical fault would be fixed by then.

Su-Lin said...

:( I wish there was a banh mi place in west London...

C K said...

@Su-Lin,
I guess it's the ethnicity of the local populace. It seems that there are more of such small eats in central and east London.

Just curious, what do the majority of local eateries over at your end serve?

a_foxie_smile said...

I went today and they had the proper Vietnamese bread. Daikon and carrot all in place too and plenty of coriander. My own gripe would be that it was a little bit dry.