Banh Banh

Restaurants, Vietnamese Peckham Rye
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Vietnamese street food operation gone permanent.

There are things everyone misses when they move out of east London. For some, it’s the warehouse parties or the canalside strolls. For me, waving farewell to the East End left a hole in my heart the size and shape of Kingsland Road’s many Vietnamese restaurants, which as you can imagine is a fair burden on the old circulatory system.

For rent-hike refugees who’ve ended up in Peckham, though, things are looking up, as former Bussey Building regulars Banh Banh have just joined the burgeoning food village at the tip of Peckham Rye. Housed within a neutrally decorated, plywood-clad space, the restaurant is run by five siblings of the Nguyen family, who have based their menu on recipes left behind by their grandmother, who worked as a chef in Saigon in the 1940s.

Granny Nguyen was clearly a bit of a trailblazer. As well as the classic Vietnamese dishes you’d expect, (summer rolls, pho, noodle salad) there are plenty that you may not, such as the house special banh khot pancakes – gob-sized eggy hemispheres filled with juicy prawns and topped with spring onion, served still-cooking in a cast-iron skillet, with leaves and dipping sauce on the side.

Like everything else on the menu, these come in at less than a tenner. Dishes may be designed for sharing, but most of the larger options will do the trick on their own, making Banh Banh just as great an option for a quick solo lunch as it is a communal blow-out with mates. Should you opt for the latter, here’s my advice – gather up a few dyed-in-the-wool Hackney types, order one of everything and watch their faces as they clash chopsticks over some of the best Vietnamese food in the city.

By: David Clack

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Venue name: Banh Banh
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Address: 46 Peckham Rye
London
SE15 4JR
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 6pm-10pm; Fri 6pm-10.30pm; Sat midday-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sun midday-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Transport: Tube: Peckham Rye
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Manningalive
Tastemaker

Great Vietnamese food in a buzzy little restaurant. We ordered a few of the smaller plates to share; the chicken wings and aubergine were especially good. As with most of Peckham's restaurants it can be hard to get a walk in table - it’s worth booking on the weekend.

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)
Tastemaker

A small Vietnamese eatery in the ever popular area of Peckham Rye. It's pricey for what it is but there are some dishes worth a try. For example, the banh knots - diddy coconut pancakes topped with a prawn - is eaten wrapped in a leafy green and dipped in vinagette. You won't find it in many restaurants.

Claire V

Incredible food, run by a lovely Peckham family! A lot of love went into this food.

Dee I

Foods really fresh and tasty! They've really hit the ground running as a new restaurant with great service and a friendly team.

Kim P

Fresh, creative - but at the same time traditional - food, made and served by a fabulous band of siblings. Great fit out, atmosphere and all round enjoyable. You must eat here.

T L

The best Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant in South East London.

Kati K

Easily the best vietnamese food on this side of the river. It was recommended to me and I couldn't imagine to have vietnamese anywhere else now.

Quinn L

Best local vietnamese food in south London. I recommend everyone to try it out if you enjoy oriental food!😃

Martin K

Great place with delicious Viatnamese food. If you are tired of Chinese and still want Asia, this is teh place to be

Irena S

I've come to this place with a friend who has lived in Asia for a while and is extremely picky on food. We had an amazing experience during the night, starting from service/food/drinks/atmosphere... I'm giving it 10 out of 10 and would recommend it for any occasion. Must visit and definitely revisit:)

Kate B

It's a sensational experience all round at Bahn Bahn! The warm, fun staff really know their stuff about the whole menu and wine list and the atmosphere was buzzing the night we went. There are comforting classics like fragrant pho and fresh summer rolls, as well as thoughtful variants such as the lip-smackingly good prawn and coconut pancakes - so good we had to order a second round! This is one stylish joint - can't wait to go back!

Thanh L

Great little place for vietnamese food, nice atmosphere tasty food! Make sure to try the beef in betal leaf!

Nikki G

Fantastic addition to the area! Amazingly addictive food the sticky wings, beef in betal and bo kho stew are not to be missed! Great cocktails and ever greater staff! Great to see a family owned business doing great things.

Well worth the trek to Peckham!

Josie W

Our group had a wonderful time at Banh Banh - the perfect setting for a shared meal with friends. The summer rolls and pho were delicious - simple classics done superbly - you can tell no shortcuts have been taken. We also loved the beef in betel leaves and the sticky chicken wings were so good we ordered seconds! Love and care have gone into every detail - we'll be back!

Harri B

Amazingly deliciously food - they have all the classics and some dishes I'd never tried before! The prawn pancakes  and the sticky chicken wings were excellent. It's very well-priced, the atmosphere is super fun, and the staff are lovely. Would highly recommend it to anyone.

Stephanie C

Wonderful family run restaurant in a very up and coming part of Peckham. The decor is beautiful, trendy with some lovely home-made touches. Staff were incredibly quick and helpful, they recommended a great selection of dishes for myself and my friend. The menu is seasonal, so I definitely suggest asking for tips on what to order. The food is fresh and vibrant, portion sizes are perfect. Would recommend to anyone- they are doing a great job- worth the trip from North London! We will be back :)

Sam K

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food. I will be going back for the Beef in Betel leaves very soon. The Bo Kho stew and the chicken wings were also very tasty