Amazing Bánh mì joint that screams homemade cooking in the best way.
You get to pay 6€ for a really tasty vietnamese sandwich where everything is fresh :
- Nice crunchy veggies marinated the night before.
- Tasty meat filling of your choice like amazing caramel pork (obviously my favorite) or really tender chicken cooked in unknown yummy spices
- Fresh coriander bought at the corner of the street in some local friendly chinese supermarket
- Half a baguette bread, fresh and perfectly toasted, crunchy on the outside
- Customized level of spicy sauce (ask very little if you're sensitive/french :P !)
- Friendly and warm service all the times I've been there !
Only con : it's a very small place, mostly order and go with very few stools !
Good sandwiches, nice owner, pork ran out by three.
Tried something new & was satisfied
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. For the longest time, I was going to Banh Mi at least every other week and telling anyone I could how it's the best banh-mi sandwich out there. I never minded the wait, because I would simply chit chat with the proprietress behind the counter about life, culture, and - above all - cooking while waiting for my sandwich to be crafted to protection. Other people complained about the slow, one-person operation, but I actually enjoyed the opportunity to talk to one of the few lady entrepreneurs of the neighborhood.
Being entrepreneurial myself, I spent a couple of years working seven days a week building up my own thing, and unfortunately was not able to get to Banh Mi. Friends had picked up orders for me and I figured they weren't as good because they weren't ordered specifically by me, in person. Alas, I finally went a couple of more times in the last few months, only to find that the team had changed...
...and so had the food. And now it's moved to a nicer location, but the food still disappoints.
It's not that Banh Mi 2.0 is bad, it's just not nearly as good, and certainly no longer worth going out of your way for.
For that, I pour out a bit of my Bia Saigon, for a fallen homie.
A HUGE sandwich filled with copious amounts of cilantro, deboned chicken thigh and a fantastic spicy home-made chilly, served by the friendliest hostess/cook/cashier in Paris. Well worth a 6€ charge.
It must be noted that most the of reviews generated before August 2013 are for the location on volta street and this new location looks different from the pictures on here and the menu is different as well. There is no pork belly bahn or anything of the sorts. There is chicken, bbq pork, pate, and special and the prices range from 5.50 to 7 EUR per sandwich. I think the owner might be the same or somewhat related.
I have to start with the fact that is is nowhere near the "best" bahn mi i have ever had. In fact, i've even had better bahn mi in paris, let alone the rest of the world. The homemade spice that someone recommended you get a lot of, is indeed homemade, but the flavour is overwhelming and takes away from the sandwich...which i think is fine since the sandwich is just mayo, shreded asian pork, viet sausage (the white one), and maggie soy sauce. Not much flavour at all to begin with.
The sandwich maker is extremely friendly and nice and this hole in the wall shop that has no signs whatsoever on the outside is clean and proper. But the food? I honestly can't say it was that good.
I didnt even finish my sandwich. Sorry folks, maybe this place needs some time to shape up to its previous glory? Yelp has disappointed me on this one :(
By the way, there is a review for the new location in french, that does a comparison between the new sandwich shop and the old one - apparently the person says that the ingredients have changed. I haven't been to the old one, but it does make sense that this place has such a high rating if this is the case.
She ran out of certain types of metates later in the day but we just had the pork and it made me not care at all that she ran out. She was so friendly and made an amazing sandwich! Definitely worth giving this place a try!
I am by no means a banh mi expert, but I absolutely loved my experience here! The owner is so nice and funny! She definitely knows what she is doing and puts a lot of love into each of the ingredients she uses. We tried the chicken and pork sandwiches and the mango/passionfruit bubble tea. Both the chicken and the pork were awesome, though I think we were slightly partial to the pork. The bubble tea is made with fresh mangos and was a great addition to the meal. Just be aware that she doesn't take credit cards.
Hands down the best banh mi I've ever had in my life. Had I known about this place on my first few visits to Paris, I would have skipped all those famed falafel stands to come and eat here all the time.
It's truly great. I don't think a visit to Paris would be complete without a stop here. Bold statement, but I'm throwing it out there.
First of all, small one woman restaurant means patience is a virtue. So, we walk up to the restaurant around noon and have to wait outside because there is already 3-4 customers inside. We finally enter and the owner is working frantically to churn out the banh mi sandwiches.
The wait is of no consequence since this is part of the appeal of this unique restaurant. Wife had the chicken banh mi and my son and I had the pork. Even the picky eater that my son normally is, enjoyed his banh mi. Was not sure what to expect since these sandwiches come on a French bagette but it was a nice crispy exterior that really complimented my spicy pork sandwich. The amount of spiciness is based on your liking and the banh mi maker will cater to your heat index.
Well worth the effort to find this off the beaten path restaurant and will definitely return....probably right after the lunch time rush.
The banh mi is to die for! Come early, you will not regret it and the owner only stays open until she runs out of food.
This is a small shop. The exterior has no name, inside only offers two seats, and my hubby felt it was his best meal in Paris. The owner is a personable woman, who is actually Chinese, but parents moved to Vietnam before her family moved to Paris. She also speaks English and chatted with my husband and I the whole time we were in her shop. As mentioned in other Yelp reviews, she is intrigued with her Yelp fame, but admits to never having logged onto the site or even Facebook for the matter. She was adorable!
:::The Banh Mi (6 Euros, Cash Only)
The owner shared that making her Banh Mi is a four hour process that she does daily. Her shop offers 3 selections: pork, beef and chicken. However, she admitted that she ran out of pork within the first 15 minutes of opening the shop. Pork lovers come early... Our Banh Mi was served on a lightly toasted baguette, with veggies (we asked for the pickled ones) and we requested the spicy chili due to our love for heat. Combined with fresh mango boba, this was a perfect meal.
When in Paris, this shop is a must try.
While in France we felt like a break from French food.
We came by around 130pm after it opened at 1130am on a Monday. We were told the "it" was sold out in the first hour. We left but then realized the owner was probably telling us about the pork that was sold out and thankfully went back.
The pork was sold out in the first hour, but not the chicken or beef. We got one of each, "spicy". We had to wait however, as she was sold out of bread and went down the street to get more.
The chicken was extremely flavorful and a great sandwich. The beef however was way too salty. We sadly removed the overly salted beef and still enjoyed the rest of the sandwich.
The owner is extremely friendly. The sandwich requires a wait as she makes the sandwich to order.
Overall flavorful Banh Mi, worth a try while in Paris.
True to form Banh Mi was the best sandwich I've had since I've been to Paris. I ordered the pork and wanted spicy but not too spicy for my sandwich it turned out delicious! The filling was perfect! It has cha (thinly sliced pork sausage), ruoc (marinated shredded pork) and pickled veggies with Asian mayonnaise spread and pate. It was probably one of the best sandwiches I've ever had and I'm Vietnamese so I've had many banh mi in my life. My only complaint was that the bread, although slightly toast was a bit hard and it cut both of our upper palate. I would definitely go back to this place while I'm here but I would have to tell the owner of the hard bread so she knows to make it better for the next customer. :)
*Just a side note: She was very entertaining to talk to!
I've eaten plenty of banh mi sandwiches across places like Vietnam, New York, France, and Australia - but Angela's unique Parisian banh mi are, hands down, the best. Experience an absolute explosion of perfectly balanced but wildly divergent flavors with every bite. My wife and I tried one chicken banh mi and one pork. Both were incredible. Hopefully we'll have time to go back to the shop to try the few remaining options on the menu (the beef banh mi and the more traditional pâté banh mi).
The freshest of breads, the most succulent of meats, hand-cut and pickled vegetables, a variety of secret-recipe sauces, and mouth-tingling homemade chili paste (get your sandwich "medium spicy"!) -- it's an alchemist's ban mi, or what an Aussie would call a "bloody good sanger, mate." The bubble teas are also excellent, and the owner-chef Angela is charming.
If you're ever in Paris, you must check out this tiny hole in the wall - and hope that Angela hasn't run out of food for the day before you arrive. (Once she runs out of ingredients for the day, she goes home -- so sometimes she closes at 1 pm, and sometimes at 8 pm -- all depending on how quick the day's sandwiches are sold. I was lucky - my wife and I walked there on a rainy morning, while the rest of Paris had stayed inside - so we avoided the usual lines and got the first banh mi of the day, minutes after the bread arrived from the bakery.)
Like all of my yelp experiences, I read the reviews and was expecting an out of this world experience. Please, give me a break. What makes a great sandwich? Mostly it's great ingredients. Was the second customer of the day; arrived 1145 am. Had the pork sandwich and was EXTREMELY ordinary. What in it: fatty pork (80% fat, carrots, and cucumber) in a bread roll. Big deal. The pork was soooo fatty that it was virtually all fat... not fatty neck pork that one would eat in Thai cuisine. There was nothing spectacular about this place; a true dive that's for sure, but not in any way did it live up the glorious reviews that yelpers left for this.
Underwhelmed and not worth the effort go there unless you are minutes away.
Since I had touted the virtues of bubble tea all week to my mom who had never heard of it (helas, bubble tea fever has yet to reach Woodstock..) when we passed this minuscule, hole-in-the-wall shop with only bubble tea and banh mis on the menu, we decided to rectify the issue illico presto!
The adorable owner ran down the list of flavors and we settled on a cold, matcha tea to go. My mom's eyes nearly popped out of her head! Damn, was it good! Definitely one of the best I'd yet to try.
Can't wait to come back to test the sandwiches which are all made to order and looked wonderful!
The menu is simple: banh mi sandwiches with pork, chicken or beef. Each sandwich is made on warm baguette, fresh from the bakery. "I don't just buy my bread anywhere," said the friendly owner, "I buy it from the same guy every day." For me, the bread makes the banh mi, but the other ingredients here are equally high quality: crunchy house made pickled veggies, fresh cilantro, and various sauces to complement the house roasted meats. And spicy, spicy if you like it!
The pork is perfectly caramelized belly, and the chicken is marinated, roasted goodness.
Finally, take the time to speak to the owner. She is friendly and funny and really cares about her customers. Enjoy!
Adding my voice to the accolades about the great banh mi sandwiches here. My husband and I tried the pork and the chicken sandwiches (spicy), made fresh after ordering with quality ingredients. Both were delicious! Baguette was excellent and warm, which really made the whole package extra satisfying--and bread to filling ratio was just the way I want it. NOT a filling overwhelmed by BREAD like many of the sandwiches in France.
The bubble tea was delish as well.
This place is tiny, and we stopped in on a rainy day. But pulled up to the one table for our lunch. The proprietor and her helper were super friendly and welcoming. Definitely a place to drop in for a sandwich and/or bubble tea.
I'm a big fan of Vietnamese sandwiches so being in Paris where the baguette doesn't get any better than here - I just had to get my Banh Mi fix.
The bread was toasted perfectly and the BBQ pork so was flavorful! I'm craving another one as I write this review...
Ask for the extra spicy chili spread if you can handle the heat!
Saw this place on a blog so decided to try it out. Definitely lived up to the hype!! Delicious, flavorful bahn mi sandwiches. Went here twice during my stay in Paris; I tried both the chicken and the pork. If you ask for the spicy sauce, it's really spicy! I had one sandwich without the spicy sauce and the flavor was still fantastic (sweet and savory).
The owner is really fun to chat with. She told me that she is surprised that Americans come all the way to Paris to eat bahn mi, not traditional French food. I told her, this place is definitely worth trying during one's stay in Paris.
While visiting Europe for 2 weeks, spicy food was hard to come by and I was missing my favorite bahn-mi place from back home. I of course turned to the best source out there on my quest for great food: YELP! Without Yelp, I would not have found this delicious place. While I was there, another American was also on the same quest and found the restaurant on Yelp as well. The sandwich was crispy, fresh and very tasty! The boba tea was unique.. in Paris, they didn't use tapioca pearls like I'm used to. Rather, it was juicy beads. When you bit into the bead, it would burst with whatever flavor you chose. Quite unique!
You must eat here!
Very small, two-seat storefront in a back alley in Paris with a lovely, funny, engaging woman behind the tiny counter making chicken, pork, or beef banh mi sandwiches. I had the chicken; my husband had the pork. Both were excellent, as was the conversation. The owner chatted to us the whole time, was delighted (and confused!) to learn she is famous on Yelp and mentioned that she's had people from all over the world come in saying they were sent to her on high recommendation.
She prepares everything by hand and will gladly discuss her process and ingredients. A great way to round out a Paris experience!
If I am ever back in Paris I would go back to the new location of her new shop! Sandwiches were amazing!
The sandwiches take forever (long lines) but when you get it, it is to die for!
Very unique and tasty spicy sausage sandwich. It's a one-man (woman) show, so there is a huge wait, but it's pretty worth it.
Just went here for a quick bite and got what we expected - delicious banh mi for about 7 Euro, and while they don't have jalapenos they do have thai chiles or the special spicy sauce they make themselves. It was just spicy enough for me. I could have had more, but I do like everything spicy, so don't go with what I say if you can't take it. I had the pork and the beef and both were delicious. One big thick cut of cucumber, carrot, cilantro, and beef or pork. I had the coco juice too which was yummy. One thing, is there is only one table with two stools so don't expect it to be roomy in there. It's just a stand. Although the women behind the counter are VERY nice!
My only experience of such a sandwich, having been brought to this hidden gem by a good friend with a great promise - thankfully this one-woman shopdoorwide business lived up to expectations :)
The best pork belly banh mi that I've ever had- sweet, savory, spicy, crunchy all at the same time coupled with fresh and homemade ingredients. The owner is friendly and speaks many languages including English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French.
The spicy sausage sandwich fully deserves the five star ratings this restaurant got.
Banh Mi has the most delicious Viet sandwiches in Paris! The bread was toasted to a perfect crunch. The meat was juicy with flavor (ask for spicy or extra spicy if you dare!) and the carrots were yummy fresh! The store is very tiny, can fit max 5 people maybe and usually she runs out of ingredients around 4-5pm. The best part about this place besides the kick ass banh mis is the awesome and funny woman perfecting the sandwiches. She was so energetic and fun to talk with! Overall, great food, cheap prices, and one funny awesome woman! Would definitely recommend banh mi to all!
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