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.
40 Great Windmill Street
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Users say (8)
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:2
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- 1 star:2
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!
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.
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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