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Where are Adelaide's Best Vietnamese Rolls?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published August 24th 2011
If you haven't become one of the many people in Adelaide choosing to munch on a bŕnh mí at lunch time, then you're missing out. These fresh and flavourful Vietnamese delicacies are fast taking over many lunchtime menus, and Adelaide has got some pretty delicious ones on offer. So we want to know where you've had the tastiest Vietnamese roll in Adelaide.

Bánh Mě Vietnamese Rolls: Adelaide Central Markets


These rolls take many names, while the traditional bŕnh mí thit is sometimes used you'll also hear them called Vietnamese rolls, meat rolls, or pork rolls. They consist of a crispy bread roll full of fresh ingredients like coriander, cucumber, chilli, and carrot, and also with meat, paté, mayonnaise and a soy based dressing. These are a real flavour explosion; often reffered to as a culinary Russian roulette, because you never know whether you're next mouthful will be mild or fiery. Some places will also add other salads like lettuce or tomato, but these aren't strictly traditional. We know a few places where you can find some delicious rolls, but we want to know your opinions.

Bánh Mě Vietnamese Rolls is a great place in the city centre to enjoy a roll. Their ingredients are fresh, and they don't skimp on things like the coriander. Their roast pork is a delicious option, and then it is packed full of all the other tasty things. If you want your roll hot then ask for extra chilli, but you can easily leave it off. They can be found by the Central Market food court, and their shop is a clean and hygienic place to grab a snack.

Love Pho Vietnamese Cuisine: Myer Centre Food Court


Another face in the CBD are Love Pho Vietnamese Cuisine. Found in the Myer Centre Food Court in Rundle Mall, there is often a line for these guys at lunch time and they get quite popular. You can choose from chicken, roast pork, barbecue pork, or combination, and you'll be paying about $5 for one. They're a tiny bit more expensive, $5 rather than $3.50 in some places, but they do make a tasty roll. Make sure you plan to eat your roll straight away, because otherwise their delicious sauce can start to seep through. The only real negative here is that sometimes they skimp on the coriander.

To's Lunch Bar / Sunshine Meat Roll: Prospect Road, Kilburn


We're not quite sure what to call our next recommendation, Their window says To's Lunch Bar, but their packaging says Sunshine Meat Roll. Either way these guys have a delicious quickly made Vietnamese roll for only $4.50. They'll add in plenty of coriander, and thankfully you'll get a lot of leaves rather than stalks. Their sauce is tasty, but not overpowering, and their rolls make a really tasty light lunch. This is a good choice if you're heading up north, and they can be found on Prospect Road, Kilburn.

Nhu Lan Bakery: Hanson Road, Arndale


Nhu Lan Bakery are down Hanson Road in Arndale and their rolls are even cheaper, averaging around $4. The bread here is super crispy, so you should probably consider eating it at the table, or perhaps even wearing a bib. Unfortunately Nhu Lan mainly add in the stalks of coriander rather than the leaves, meaning that it doesn't add as much flavour. Everything else is delicious. A nice addition to their rolls is the picked radish, which adds a sweeter flavour to each mouthful.

Strawberry Field Bakery: South Road, Clovelly Park


South of the city it can be far harder to find a Vietnamese rolls. When you're north or west, there can be a place on every corner. We have found one place, Strawberry Fair Bakery, on South Road. This is another tasty and cheap option. Their rolls are good, but they could add in a bit more coriander. Try this place if you get a pork roll craving south of the city.

So let us know where you've sampled the best Vietnamese rolls that Adelaide has to offer. We know there are so many bakeries out these selling them, we want to separate the delicious from the duds. Tell us what you think.
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I am surprised you didn't mention Tay Do!! Tay Do has the best vietnamese rolls in town!! I am vietnamese so I would know. This place always has a line up every day at lunch. Most of the locals come here, you'll even see the local cops come here too. The rolls here are more expensive but they're not stingy with the amount of ingredients they put in. I personally love the combination roll. Corner of First Ave & Hookings Tce (roundabout), Woodville Gardens - behind Arndale shopping centre where the bus stops are. Definitely Recommended!!
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 13th of September @ 01:04 am
Golden Snack Bar - Tower Terrace Edwardstown - Since Moving to Adelaide I've been Searching for the Best Vietnamese Roll - Yes Banh Mi - is Good but if you live South of town -Try the Golden Snack Bar - Good Cheap and the Couples who work there - are Wonderful and Friendly
By gotti - reader
Friday, 26th of August @ 12:21 am
Zen cafe in renaissance arcade make great roll. They make this great sesame butter too. They have great pho and rice dishes that are worth trying. You can also get a roll and can of drink and cold roll combo for $9
By vaneater - reader
Monday, 19th of September @ 07:03 am
Cha Phu Xuong on 56 Hanson Road. I have been to most of the banh mi places in Adelaide. Tay Do used to be my favourite until Cha Phu Xuong opened up. They make their own "cold meat" sausages and have the best cold meat roll
By Anonymous
Saturday, 5th of November @ 10:21 am
I have been sampling the local adelaide Banh mi for the last 6 months. I will swear on my life by Cha Phu Xuong at 56 Hanson Rd just up from arndale shopping centre. The combination meat rolls are DIVINE!!!!!
By Anonymous
Thursday, 19th of January @ 10:54 am
Cha Phu Xuong at 56 Hanson Road. It's just around the corner from Tay Ho and puts their rolls to shame. Of course everyone will have their own opinion on taste but as a Viet Roll connoisseur, I can honestly say that Cha Phu Xuong has better rolls than any other shop in Adelaide and even better than those sold throughout the Vietnamese communities in Sydney. This is because of the love that goes into the preparation of their cold meats.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 31st of January @ 03:22 am
Taperooster. Victoria Rd Taperoo. Awesome rolls for $4.50.cold rolls are great too. Perfect for a picnic on the beach.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 14th of February @ 09:01 am
Phu Xuong
By Chris Nugen - senior reviewer
Thursday, 10th of May @ 08:13 am
tay do
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 21st of August @ 09:15 am
The Family Bakery down at Henley Beach South also offers good Vietnamese Meat rolls there. Love their rolls. It was not too hard and not too soft either. I always goes for the cold meat roll, the traditional meat rolls. Butter is a must because it gives you all the flavors. I feel like having it now that i mention it. Will go there tomorrow and grab one..=)
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 29th of August @ 08:02 am
Zen Kitchen in the Renaissance Arcade for me so far!
By mikmel - reader
Wednesday, 10th of October @ 03:19 am
Pitt Stop in Pitt Street Adelaide.
A surprising little lunch place with the best Vietnamese Rolls. They use the Vietnamese Butter which is so delicious - and t he chicken is moist and yummy.
By jennie - reader
Friday, 30th of May @ 02:14 am
I'll have to give them a go. I live further south, but I spend most of my time in the city so I eat them the most at either the markets or rundle mall. I'd love to find a few places south of the city.

I think there is also another place that does them in edwardstown, I think in castle plaza, but I've heard that they usually use lettuce in theirs, and I'm not a fan. I've never eaten there myself but I've heard from friends.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Friday, 26th of August @ 12:37 am
Thanks for the tip Anon,
I've never been to Tay Do (in fact my trip to Nhu Lan was my first time to Arndale), but I'll make sure to head back up there and give them a go. I'm always looking for new ones to try.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 13th of September @ 01:11 am
Where abouts is the Strawberry Field Bakery: South Road, Clovelly Park?? like what shop no.
By Anonymous
Saturday, 8th of October @ 04:20 am
being Vietnamese I've tried bread rolls from all over Adelaide. I agree that Tay Do has delicious rolls and the pork meat is always crispy if eaten fresh. You should also try the bakery in Paralowie next to Coles... yummo!!
By Anonymous
Sunday, 9th of October @ 01:26 am
Hi anon,
I don't know the actually address of Strawberry Field Bakery. It is on South Road by the Jaycar, which is around 1168 South Road. After Daws Road if you're going South, on the left hand side.
It is next to a dentists.
Hope that helps.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Sunday, 9th of October @ 01:38 am
Yep definitely Shunsine on Prospect road is the best and I have tried many different places around Adelaide.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 9th of October @ 02:50 am
there is also a little store in Norwood called Cafe Saba and they do Vietnamese rolls; they are a bit more expensive @ $6.50 but they are good rolls and I suppose that rent in Norwood would be the reason why they are so expensive, but it's worth it if you are craving a Vietnamese roll and cannot get to the city or anywhere else :)
By Anonymous
Thursday, 1st of December @ 12:56 am
Thanks anon! I think its important to have Viet roll locations all over Adelaide. I'm sure Norwood rent does put things up a bit more. :)

Sometimes I silently curse those living in the north/west/city centre because they have such great options so close. :) I think it is important to always know where one is for when that craving hits.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 1st of December @ 12:59 am
the best place is in salisbury, bagsters road
By Anonymous
Sunday, 11th of December @ 11:07 am
Pho lin s on bagsters rd Salisbury = awesome and the service is great too.!
By Anonymous
Sunday, 15th of April @ 01:40 am
New reader comment. Waiting for approval.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 15th of April @ 01:40 am
nhu lan is the best love that pork crackling
By Anonymous
Thursday, 24th of May @ 11:04 am
Betel leaf cafe in seaton make awesome vietnamese bread rolls and cold rolls.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 10th of June @ 02:51 pm
I like the Vietnamese rolls from 'Convenience on Daws' at 172 Daws Road, Melrose Park. I had the Crispy Pork Roll there the other day and it was deeeeeeeelicious!!!! only $4
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 22nd of August @ 09:49 am
VIETNAM is the best meat rolls!!!
By Anonymous
Thursday, 30th of August @ 12:47 am
I found this site by accident and have been working my way through the yummy options. So far Nhu Lan tops my list followed closely by Cha Phu Xuong.
By Anonymous
Friday, 21st of September @ 12:12 am
There is a local deli in the Para Vista Shopping Centre on Nelson Road. The rolls are great and the service friendly. Think I will have to try the places on Hanson Road though.
By Ntjackal - reader
Friday, 28th of September @ 03:51 pm
Nhu Lan
By Anonymous
Thursday, 8th of November @ 08:10 am
Nhu Lan at 40 Hanson road is one of the best. $3.50 meatball rolls and $4.00 BBQ Chicken Rolls are the best i have ever had but also Phu Xuong at #56 are just as good if not taste exactually the same and they both sell said rolls above for the same price. Both highly recommended
By Anonymous
Thursday, 8th of November @ 08:18 am
I've frequented a small shop called KG Vietnamese Rolls down Addison Road for a while now and have to say that they by far have the best pork rolls I've ever tasted. See for yourself!
By Anonymous
Friday, 30th of November @ 09:04 am
Theres a place on Montague Rd inside the Clovercrest Shopping Centre opposite Foodland called K's food bar and they specialise in Vietnamese Rolls. I am massive fan of Nhu Lan and Phu Xuong on Hanson Rd and make the trip on a regular basis from the northern suburbs but if you live in the northen suburbs and dont want to make the drive to Woodville Gardens then i highly recommend K's foodbar. They were suprisingly and amazingly delicious. Yep
By Anonymous
Monday, 10th of December @ 06:54 am
Based on recomendations i would also suggest you visit K's foodbar,Clovercrest shoppping Centre.The BBQ pork and combination meat rolls were AMAZING, i have to try Pho Lin on bagsters road
By Anonymous
Thursday, 20th of December @ 08:06 am
One of your people said VIETNAM. This is the Viet Nam Banh Mi Thit, corner of Regency and Days Road. Best place to eat in Adelaide. The rolls are perfect!
By Anonymous
Thursday, 14th of February @ 03:52 am
Bakery next to Cole's, Bolivar road paralowie. Soo so good.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 3rd of March @ 10:04 pm
Need more in the North East suburbs!! I have to drive 20 minutes either way to get a Vietnamese roll :(
By mikmel - reader
Tuesday, 19th of March @ 05:16 am
What about if i want to buy the Vietnamese Rolls to do my own version at home...Where can I buy only the Bread? is there any place in the city?
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 2nd of April @ 01:33 pm
K's food bar in the Clovercrest shopping centre has awesome Vietnamese rolls I highly recommend the roast pork and hot meat combination, fast friendly service
By Anonymous
Saturday, 6th of April @ 09:24 pm
There is a great little shop in station arcade that has wasabi butter if you like to spice things up! Lots of coriander too!
By tnott - reader
Saturday, 29th of June @ 10:06 am
STATION ARCADE, JUST OFF HINDLEY ST
By msumm - reader
Friday, 26th of July @ 01:28 am
The ones made in the food court under the new HarrisScarf building! They make ones with tofu and mushroom. TO DIE for! Great for vegos like myself.
By peten - reader
Wednesday, 21st of August @ 06:48 am
New reader comment. Waiting for approval.
By jennie - reader
Thursday, 20th of March @ 10:41 pm
Little kept secret,Torrens Island Market and the Flinders University Campus have grown to love the Toly gourmet vietnamese street food closet thing to the real deal.amazing value and most delicious taste i have ever tasted coming from a hospitality back ground I am pretty fussy .Does not matter which choice i choose everyone of my bread rolls hits the spot.Due to the fact the guys bbq all the ingredients in front of you insuring u have the best!And god they are Generous ,caution there is a line:)
By toly. - reader
Friday, 2nd of May @ 02:21 pm
As a local Prospect City councillor, I love the various types of Vietnamese rolls takeaways & prepared on the spot from New Deli Snack BarTake Away Food cnr Allen Street & 58 Churchill Rd, Prospect, SA 5082. (Is in my council's West Ward patch). Ph (08) 8342 5552. Usually open in the morning and very busy around lunchtime.
Cr Kristina Barnett
By pleg5 - reader
Saturday, 27th of June @ 02:46 am
Try Than long on Hanson road, grand junction end. Try the roast pork & meatball. Divine!
By donna - reader
Monday, 28th of December @ 09:46 am

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