Eating bánh mì reminds of the times I used to go grocery shopping with my Grandmother in Chinatown. She would always reward me with a sandwich from Ba Le for tagging along and bring home a half a dozen more for my brothers to enjoy as well. As an avid lover of banh mi, I crave them constantly!
Bánh Mì Saigon has been my go-to place for Vietnamese sandwiches ever since I discovered this gem last year. Parking can be a pain as they are located near a residential area, but it’s pretty accessible for those commuting via bus. The concept here is pretty simple: you pay at the front with the cashier and wait for your order. The sandwiches are made to order which is a huge plus because I like to eat them fresh. Unlike Ba Le, their sandwiches are premade 😦 !
When the place gets busy, they have up to three people assembling sandwiches! I received my order within 5 minutes, so the system they have is pretty efficient. Since there were plenty of empty tables and chairs available, I decided to stay and enjoy my sandwich and drink before heading off.
Special Banh Mi ($4.75) Definitely on the expensive side for a sandwich, but the sandwiches here are much bigger in size and the bread is also made in house! This came with ham, headcheese, meat loaf, pate, homemade mayo, soy sauce, daikon, pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, and the option of jalapeno if you like it spicy. You can also request for extra meat (+$1 ) or extra vegetable (+$0.50).
Inside of my ‘Special Banh Mi’ sandwich! The baguette was crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside with very generous filling of meat and vegetable. The addition of sliced jalapenos gave the sandwich the perfect amount of heat every bite.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee ($3.00) To my surprise, it was premixed in advance due to convenience. The drink itself was pretty weak as I prefer a stronger coffee taste with sweet condensed milk. There was a lot of crushed ice in my drink which diluted the drink a lot 😦 I probably won’t be getting this again.
They open 7 days a week from 7AM-7PM which a huge plus for those ordering take out! Vietnamese desserts and pastries are also available for order 🙂 Try it out if you’re nearby!
Price includes tax and cash only.
Banh Mi Saigon
5397 Victoria Drive
Price: $ (0-20)