Bahn Mi Saigon

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This weekday-only, lunchtime café is just inside the western edge of the Square Mile, and serves up Vietnamese favourites to City workers who fancy something a bit different for lunch. Mainly catering for takeaways, Banh Mi Saigon also has six bar stools squeezed into its compact space, where diners are served their orders in proper crockery.

Those not so confident with Vietnamese pronunciation needn’t fret, as dishes are also assigned alphanumeric titles. The traditionally spiced pork bánh mì (B1) had a crisp baguette crust, and filling of fresh flavoured aromatic vegetables and well-seasoned soft pork. Even daring spice lovers should think twice before adding chilli sauce to the bún bò Hue (beef, H1). Even without added heat, our spicy soup noodle dish raised a sweat, but the almost indistinguishable noodles and beansprouts gave pleasing crunchy and soft textures in each mouthful.

For those suffering from midday meal fatigue, Banh Mi Saigon offers Vietnamese street food at a fair price that’s definitely more exciting than a supermarket sandwich.

Nick Amato


Venue name: Bahn Mi Saigon
Address: 69 Long Lane
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-3:30pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Barbican
Price: Around £15 for a meal for two with drinks
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Just had a very disappointing Pho Bo - server taking my order didn't know the Vietnamese description so I had to order by number. Long wait, and then my pho was lacking (a) fresh chillies; (b) much greenery whatsoever (and wasn't, as per normal with pho, given any extra herbs, chillies, lime etc to stir in myself); and (c) noodles were hard. Definitely avoid. Much better options in the area. Stock was oddly sweet.