Words by: Michael Winsall
Vietnamese culture and cuisine is something that has permeated Perth so sublimely, that people have an opinion on where to get their favourite Vietnamese staples. Thus is the case with Bánh mì, a food we can all agree is delicious, but can sever centuries old family ties when discussing where to get the best. Bánh mì, for those unaware, is a type of sandwich endemic to Vietnam; a sort of south-east Asian hoagie, the remnants of French colonialism left to flourish into a combination of meats, fresh veg and herbs, stuffed into a light crispy baguette.
Most people will argue for authenticity, something that replicates traditional recipes. I would take it to the other end of the spectrum, where Le Vietnam Café adds more French to the Franco-Viet fusion, honouring the tradition whilst coming up with new and unique flavour combinations.
Ranging between $6-12, The Bánh mì there are both affordable and delicious, a novel rarity to have change from a $20 note after food and a coffee in this post-mining boom wasteland we call Perth. Having dined here several times in the last few months, I can say that whilst all their rolls are delicious, the “Four little pigs” (Roast pork, Grilled pork, Pork crackling and Pork floss) is a stand out. This roll is close enough to the original concept of a Bánh mì that you will understand what they are about, but different enough for you to understand what the crew at Le Vietnam are about. The other great thing is the ever rotating specials. Every week there’s a reason to come back and see what flavours the chef has come up with this time.
The service is impeccable, too. You will always be greeted with a smile, and often times you will see Lee there checking in with people to see if they enjoyed everything. As a worker in the hospitality industry, I can say that this sincerity is what is lacking in Perth today, and what leads LV to have a perfect 5 star rating on Facebook.
If you haven’t checked them out yet, you now have even less reason than before, as they have recently opened a new shop on William St, near Hungry Jacks.
Delicious and affordable food
Great atmosphere and friendly staff
… I was going to say that they have no EFTPOS, however they have had that rectified recently.
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80 Barrack St., Perth