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Where Is The Best Bahn Mi in Brisbane?

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Published December 16th 2015
Brisbane's best 6 places to grab a banh mi

There's something undeniably special about the crunch of biting into a toasted bread roll stuffed full of mayonnaise, coriander, chilli, pickled carrot, cucumber and your choice of grilled pork, crispy chicken, or Vietnamese porchetta. In the last few years, vendors of this cheap lunchtime staple have been popping all over the city, and for fans of the 'barn' this is only a good thing.

A hybrid of Vietnamese and French fare, Banh Mi, with its fresh and zesty flavours and satisfying fillings, in my opinion is the sandwich of all sandwiches. Here are some of my favourites.

Mrs Luu's, Milton and Bowen Hills

Mrs Luu's dubs itself as a Vietnamese canteen, and the Milton institution (and 2014's Bowen Hills opening) serves up consistently top notch Vietnamese rolls. The menu is basic – rice paper rolls, banh mi and pho in the autumn and winter months. Be sure to check the specials board out the front of the store. For $10 I recently tried the crispy chicken and it was generously stuffed full of succulent chicken thigh. The three little piggies – triple pork combination (BBQ pork, ham and porchetta) is also a deluxe offering which will have your lips smacking and tongue wagging.

Mrs Luu's is at 25 Railway Tce, Milton & 15 Thompson Street, Bowen Hills

My Street Food, Woolloongabba.

Newly opened in 2015, next to busy Locavore Café in the Quest Apartment building on Logan Road is the humble Vietnamese Street Food outlet. Popular with workers on their lunch breaks, in addition to the triple pork sensation is the lemongrass chicken. A traditional pork roll is just $6, with the rolls on the rest of the menu only $7. Look for the traditional south east Asian hawker style carts that double as tables out the front.

My Street Food Vietnamese is at 130 Logan Road, Woolloongabba[

The Roll Shop, Brisbane City

Banh mi for lunch rocks my world. #porkroll #banhmi #vietnamese #lunch #asyoulike

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Tucked away in Gresham Lane off Creek Street, the Roll Shop is consistently serving the masses in the city, and they've got the production of quality rolls down to a fine art. One of the points of difference is their black pepper beef. I stuck with the safe pork option, and even though it was ages since my last grab and go from the Roll shop, I can still remember how good it was.

Gresham Laneway is off 88 Creek Street, Brisbane CBD

Kim Thanh Hot Bread, West End

For those who can't make the trek out to the western suburbs of Darra and Inala, and their Vietnamese communities, West End's Kim Tranh Bakery near the intersection of Boundary and Vulture streets is authentic and fuss free. While there's no seating, there are lines out the door in the lead up to lunch time. The banh mis are only $5, putting them at not only one of Brisbane's best, but also one of the best value.

Kim Thanh Hot Bread is at 82 Vulture Street, West End

Roll'd, Brisbane City

Lunchtime yum #banhmi #porkcrackle #corriander #chilli #vietnamesefood

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Even though Roll'd is a franchise of Vietnamese Street food outlets around Australia, it's still probably on the list of my go-tos for lunch in the city. Why? Because they do what they do just as well as anyone else and their healthy, fresh and convenient rice paper rolls, pho and of course banh mi are made to order. While a bit pricier at $10, the pork banh mi also comes with crackling, which is pretty much the icing on the roll, or the cherry on the top. Whatever analogy you want to use, it must be devoured.

Roll'd is located on the lower level of Queens Plaza, Cnr Edward and Adelaide St.

Minh Tan Bakery, Inala

I've yet to visit this one but it is the buzz online and if the acclaim is anything to go by it's next on my list, with bloggers and reviewers claiming it's the best in Brisbane. The bahn mi here have pate by default, which may or may not be to your liking, but it's the prices that are the sweet spot, starting at $4.50. Say what?

Minh Tan Bakery is at Shop 43 Inala Plaza, 156 Inala Ave, Inala

Of course the best Bahn mi in Brisbane is a subjective matter. Where else deserves a good wrap? Help a fellow bahn mi enthusiast out with your hot tips.
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Have you tried Cafe O-Mai in Cracknell Rd Annerley or Nom Nom in Lillian Rd Salisbury? Both good offerings with Cafe O-Mai edging ahead for the win between the two.
by jewel (score: 1|32) 1944 days ago
For those out west, the Vietnamese canteen in Bellbowrie shopping centre is another good option, their classic pork or lemongrass beef with chilli has a nice pep with lovely warm crusty rolls. And Rice, Paper Scissors in Indooropilly or at Kenmore isn't too bad. :)
by fiona (score: 0|2) 1943 days ago
Inala Shopping Centre
by leann (score: 0|2) 1942 days ago

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