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bahn mi - not NEM (grand central)

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bahn mi - not NEM (grand central)

jen kalb | Jun 5, 2001 06:03 PM

Okay, having just had a 4pm roast pork "vietnamese sandwich" at NEM I have to say take this one off your list if you are looking for a good bahn mi.

The pate - I wouldnt be surprised if it was tres petit cochons - not much and not funkily delicious.
The bread - a sourdough roll, texture ok but bizarre discordant flavor with the sandwich. And it got soggy on sitting.
The meat - thickish fingers of cold grilled pork - I think - it could have been chicken - tasted not-at-all porky. dry, the only flavor was grill flavor (is there a commissary that sells these pre-grill-marked meat pieces?)Totally boring and non-tasty.
Yes, it had some coriander, and some pickled carrot/pickle mix, marinade soaked into the bread, a non-delicious combo with the sour dough.

This was served cold - no toasting.

I read through all the posts on this restaurant before posting this note - I simply don't believe the original asimov review description of fresh cooked, hot beef being tossed with vegetables, herbs, chopped peanuts and dressing and stuffed into a sandwich describes what is going on in that booth these days.

Half of a three day old $2.50 sandwich out of my refrigerator and microwaved a bit, from Ahn Dong in Sunset Park is still a stellar meal - not at all soggy and still with distinct delicious flavors. These guys in Grand Central arent even trying.

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