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Whaam Banh Mi (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Vietnamese Soho
3 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Time Out says

Cheerful Vietnamese banh mi takeaway just off Piccadilly Circus with proper Vietnamese baguettes, slow-cooked fillings and sides including summer rolls and sala

Please note, Whaam Banh Mi has now closed. Time Out Food editors, September 2018.

This takeaway is further proof that the Vietnamese sub is going mainstream. Whaam is decked out in rough wood and bare brick with a cheerful yellow frontage, and has pitched up on a side street mere metres from the tourist hub of Piccadilly Circus. It offers five banh mi, plus sides including salads and summer rolls. Founder Tom Barlow spent five years in Vietnam, some of that time spent researching how to bake and fill the perfect banh mi baguette; he then built up a following at UK street-food markets. The result is commendable: the breadsticks are yielding and pliable with an airy crumb. Of the slow-cooked fillings we tried, the marinated, braised brisket – a slow-cooked take on flash-fried Vietnamese shaking beef – was rich in soy and citrus flavours. However, truly authentic banh mi deliver a kaleidoscope of zingy flavours via plenty of fresh herbs native to their homeland, and these are notable by their absence, reducing the wow factor of the final product. Nevertheless, Whaam offers good-quality, filling sandwiches at reasonable prices in a central location.

Whaam Banh Mi says
We aim to provide London with its best bánh mì sandwich, and some of the traditional fillings we've got on offer are Asian barbecue shredded pork, lemongrass chicken and ginger and chilli tofu. Sound delicious, no? We promise you, they are!

By: Nicola Arencibia



Address: 40 Great Windmill Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus.
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Users say (8)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Didn't have the bahn mi, so ended with a very nice surprise in the shape of a rice bowl. With fragrant and aromatic lemongrass chicken, fresh vegetables and spicy exactly to my taste (the friendly staff asked and did it beautifully), it was a hearty plate of food that comforted the stomach on a busy weekday. It is fast food, so don't expect anything more than that, and you won't be disappointed to have come for a bite. Must go back to get intimate with one of their bahn mis.

My banh mi was so dissapointing. I really love banh mi sandwiches but this is just...weak. There are 2 pieces of ice cold pork, coriander stalks, some carrot sticks that keep falling out because they're huge, one chili even though I asked for spicy but was smothered with siracha which I wouldn't mind normally but it feels like that is put there to mask the poor quality of the sandwich. So sad to see something so simple done so poorly

The new exciting supper club at Whaam Banh Mi is a fantastic way to spend an evening; delicious fresh food and a great host.  Highly recommended! 


This little spot is easy to miss but it does a mean vietnamese baguette. I had the beef rendang and it was tasty and filling. It's a very tiny restaurant with just a few seats so I got takeaway and ate in the office. Definitely a decent spot if you fancy something a bit different for lunch and it'll fill you up if you're hungry. 

There is a new menu, making this little restaurant a must to visit. You only have to look at Trip Advisor to see the fantastic reviews of Whaam Banh Mi, rating it 5 stars! Also another great thing about Whaam Banh Mi is that they excel at corporate orders.

If you love, fresh, crunchy, pickled, spicy food then this is the place for you, you can have beef, chicken, pork belly or tofu in a perfectly cooked baguette, or on rice, noodles or in a salad. The summer rolls are beautiful and tasty, and healthy too.


Tasty bahn mi. I had the salad box as well and the chef gave us a little bit of his secret spicy sauce and it was very delicious.

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Devestatingly bad. Bought some "home made" pork scratchings which tasted like they had been sitting there for weeks and my pork baguette had absolutely no filling at all, two very small bits of meat in the front of the sandwich and absokutle nothing in the rest, barely any salad either. Pretty poor show.

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