A Vietnamese Cafe that opened on 114 Bermondsey Street today (well, actually yesterday, it's just past midnight). Banh mi is decent, the bread is fairly soft, and the crust somewhat shatteringly brittle, although I wouldn't call it the best of its kind. A reasonable coat of banh mi specific mayo and butter for that moist gloss and richness. Then slices of pork with a suitably porky flavour, and a steamed Vietnamese sausage (cha lua) that resembles mortadella in texture. A sprig of cilantro, curnchy strips of cucumber and sweet/sour pickled carrot (no turnip) for contrast with the meat. And a dash of some dark sauce that looks home made, probably a mix of soy sauce and the dark Maggi sauce. Not bad on the whole for a day 1 effort, but I would want to have some chilli in it and also a livery spread of pate for the complete range of flavours and balance among the ingredients.
There's a chicken banh mi as well and a vegetarian one (just the veg ingredients, not with fake meats).
They also sell banh cuon - minced pork and mushroom wrapped in rice sheets (didn't try). Not sure if they have Vietnamese drip coffee with condensed milk (ca phe sua da), there only seemed to be an espresso machine.
As always, it's hard to judge a newly opened place, hope to hear more about it from other hounds.
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