VB Rolls is a Bourke Street staple for CBD workers looking for fresh Vietnamese street food. The menu features rice paper rolls, noodle boxes and salads, but the bánh mì is the main drawcard.
The cold cuts on their sandwiches are fresh, featuring the highly-prized head cheese, and the bread is reasonably crunchy and flaky, but expect to shed half your banh mi on the floor of Tivoli Arcade’s food court. They give an excessive serving of shredded carrot for a bánh mì, which is mostly welcome, but the carrots aren’t as pickled as one would hope.
The salad roll, jam packed with thinly sliced tofu, beancurd skin and fried shallots, is light and savoury. However both rolls feature slightly too much soy sauce, which results in leaks and drenched bread ends.
The service is friendlier than other bánh mì shops, but a word of warning, hold on to your receipt, the women behind the counter yell out ticket numbers for you to collect your order.