Whether you’re after a gourmet treat or you’re hunting for an authentic experience, our favourite banh mi spots across Perth will take your next lunch to the next level.
Bánh Mì Vũng Tàu
We’re no sticklers for authenticity, but if you want legit banh mi, it does seem like Girrawheen is the neighbourhood. Warm crusty bread, heaps of fillings available that don’t stray too far from the traditional, and a price that’s just as tasty as the roll: you’d be a fool to pass up Bánh Mì Vũng Tàu.
Newpark Shopping Centre, 64 Marangaroo Drive, Girrawheen
Le Vietnam offers up traditional banh mi, as well as an ever-changing specials board – these special rolls may not be for the purist, but boy are they great. As well as some deluxe meaty specials (think bulgogi pork, buffalo chicken and other fusion-y creations), they’ve also got an impressive range of vegan options so everyone can get in on the banh mi action.
1/80 Barrack Street, Perth
Market Hall, Yagan Square, 376 Wellington Street, Perth
Roll Vs Bowl
One of our favourite cheap eats, Roll Vs Bowl’s banh mi are a bargain hunter’s dream. Choose from a variety of fillings (grilled pork, roast pork, grilled beef, grilled chicken, meatballs, vegetarian), nestled in a crusty bun, with zesty pickled veggies. It’s a straightforward, reliable winner that won’t let you down.
Shop 138, Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
Another Coventry treasure, supermarket MCQ is chock-a-block with bargain groceries. From their adjoining stall, they’re also serving up some amazing value banh mi. For just five bucks, you can get your choice of pork, chicken or tofu roll, with a refreshing sugar cane juice on the side for a few bucks more.
Shop 350, Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
This low-key Mount Lawley lunch bar has been a pho and banh mi favourite of locals for years. Tucked away on Beaufort Street in between Walcott Street and Queens Crescent, and with no online presence to speak of, Sunshine is about as unassuming as it comes – but their flavourful menu has meant a loyal following of devotees. Generous sizes at reasonable prices make it an all round hit.
683A Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Family favourite of a foodie friend, Ben Thanh is another banh mi spot with loyal devotees. I know we’ve talked about bargains already, but Ben Thanh certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front either. For less than a fiver you can pick up a traditional roll with a choice of pork, chicken or sardine. You won’t find any experimental flavour combinations here, but sometimes the authentic, simple things are really what you need.
Mirrabooka Village Shopping Centre, 4/73 Honeywell Boulevard, Mirrabooka
One of the newest spots on the list, but make sure you don’t mistake youth for inexperience. A family operation helmed by a former Masterchef contestant, Bunn Mee is dishing up fresh and flavourful Vietnamese street food, including banh mi. They manage to maintain amazing service in spite of their hectic rushes – it’s super popular amongst the lunch crowd. It might be a little more expensive than some of the other suburban grab and go places, but for Leederville it’s one of the best value lunches, particularly when you realise just how tasty it is.
112 Oxford Street, Leederville
Bibra Lake Lunch Bar
1/40 Port Pirie St, Bibra Lake
Cover photo courtesy of Bunn Mee in Leederville