Banh mi in Woolwich! The whole area is improved!

IMG_0171 At the end of last month we visited a totally boring purveyor of tedium called Viet Baguette. A comment on a blog was our only hint that a identically named, but much better, banh mi establishment was here in horrible, horrible Woolwich. Lurking somewhere near Lidl, that scummy merchant of prole swill, we were told. A trip into the foul rain and wind was rewarded with excellent sandwiches for very little money.

We had a spicy pork and ‘special’ banh mi. Both bursting with freshness, with the desired combination of sweet and savoury, soft and crunchy flavours and textures. My spicy pork sandwich was chillied up just perfectly, but Daniel said he would have liked his a bit hotter. If we are being really picky I could say that the bread wasn’t amazing, but at £2.80 for my sandwich I am not going to lose much sleep over this.

Given that it is now possible to buy a decent sandwich for lunch, Woolwich is now somewhat less of a total dump. I will be going here regularly.

This was my sandwich:

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And this was Daniel’s:

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4 Comments

  • Nikki wrote:

    I work in Woolwich and Viet Baguette is becoming my new lunch regular. I’ve had one of those Vietnamese baguettes for the first time somewhere in central London and wasn’t too impressed, but tried the one in Woolwich and it is really, really good. My favorite is the “Vietnamese special”. They prepare the baguettes fresh for each order and you get allot of filling for the price too. Careful with the chillie, it’s got a kick.

  • David Strange wrote:

    Hi Nikki, we are certainly lucky to have such good sandwiches available in Woolwich. The spicy pork is really worth a try if you haven’t yet. I’ll be buying a special for lunch on Tuesday (I’m off to Wahaca tomorrow). Perhaps see you one lunchtime!

  • David Strange wrote:

    A print-out of this review has been pinned up in Viet Baguette.

    I went in there today and had a special banh mi with extra chillies and it was really seriously good. Everything was there: complex flavours, interesting textures, powerful richness and yet good harmony. A complete sandwich experience.

  • Andy wrote:

    I work in Woolwich and have done so for 10 years and this is the first time Woolwich has had a Sandwich Bar or Baguette Bar that offers something different. I go there every day and without any quivication it’s the best.Try the fillings in a hot Jacket Potato with extra Chilli WOW



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