Obanhmi is another banh mi shop to have opened in recent times. It’s located on the same street that houses Ngon Banh Mi and Tea, Cafe Xu Hue, Veggie Bowl and Sushi by Yuji. A lot of good food in one area.
Sign and outside menu.
We dropped by on a Saturday for lunch (around 12:30pm). There was a surprising line of people that kept coming in.
The inside is new with 5 tables and a couple seats by the window to people watch. Their fridge is also stocked with meats from Viet Huong Flavors (same owners as Obanhmi) and Lemongrass Queen so you can take home beef balls, lemongrass chicken and pork.
LQ’s prices were in the $8.99 to 12.99 range.
The menu is small with 8 banh mi options, sides and drinks. They offer two combos; banh mi combo (gets you spring rolls and pop/water) while the coffee combo saves you $1.00.
They also have a loyalty program (buy 10 banh mi, get one free).
Vietnamese coffee ($4.25)
French press with condensed milk and iced. The coffee is intense but in a good way. I don’t drink coffee but I’d get this again.
Deluxe cold cut ($6.00)
Pâté, house mayo, Vietnamese ham, and seasoned pork belly. This was the better of the two banh mi’s that we tried. B liked the bread; slight crunch and an enjoyable mouth feel.
The jalapenos were actually spicy; watch out for them seeds. Rest of the toppings (cilantro, pickled daikon and carrots) were standard but good.
Beef sate ($6.00)
Beef marinated in sate spicy sauce. It sounded great on paper but the meat to bread ratio is way off. Barely any beef included.
A bit on the pricey side. Obanhmi doesn’t beat our favourite banh mi shops but I’d come back to this place over Ngon’s a few doors down.