It’s only three months old but is already doing a roaring trade among stiff competition, and their success is growing. Whaam Banh Mi is on the Piccadilly side of Soho on Great Windmill Street, and aims to bring fresh, punchy Vietnamese street food to the lunchtime masses.
Owner Tom spend five years living in Vietnam whilst working in finance, and subsisted on the banh mi. Having trained as a chef prior to that, it was a no brainer that he get stuck into the Soho lunch scene on his return, and here we are!
Banh mi can refer to any type of bread, but particularly the filled baguette that was brought to Vietnam by the French. I went for the lemongrass chicken, which consisted of marinated chicken (top marks for using thigh meat), crunchy salad and the recommended homemade sauces – lemon and chilli. I also had extra chillies and coriander to garnish – optional of course. The bread itself was soft but with a chewiness on the outside – just what you want.
Fillings-wise you can also have marinated beef, Thai fishcakes, BBQ shredded pork and chilli tofu, and they do salads and breakfast too. The staff are lovely and friendly and it’s a cute little set-up. Not too much room if you want to eat in but this is changing very shortly as they’re having a reshuffle and making room for some seating. A definite contender for lunch of the month.