I’ve started a new job and there are many places a lot closer but I have been here a few times now and it’s worth the walk.
My first time I opted for the Banh Mi Dac Biet or Bay special (pork , pork roll & pate). The filling was quite good though I much preferred the filling at Hoi-An Banh Mi in Hackney, this seemed a bit restrained for my taste. Also they didn’t have any Vietnamese baguettes. They did when I went again and had the seabass banh mi (only one fillet, the filling to bread ratio was all wrong) and it really made a difference. If you put Hoi-An Banh Mi’s filling (Dac Biet) in a Banh Mi Bay Vietnamese baguette then I’d say that would be my favourite banh mi in London.
Banh Mi Dac Biet
They also do weekly specials. The bun rieu that was on at the time was pretty good. Nice light but well flavoured broth. I would have liked more than one crab dumpling but it was very well flavoured. The pork patties were a bit dry but all in all a good bowl of noodle soup.
I went back a couple of weeks later hoping that bun rieu was that weeks special. Turned out it was bo kho. There is the option to have it with rice noodles or a baguette. Had to be a baguette. For what is essentially a beef stew the broth was quite light and very fragrant. Also all the beef was beautifully tender , often slow cooked beef is a bit of a lottery in a lot of Asian places in London. One piece beautifully tender the next tough as old boots. Not here. The wonderfully crisp Vietnamese baguette was perfect for mopping up the broth.