Photographs: David Straight
You might remember Viet Sandwich from the Glenfield Night Markets: not long ago, it parked up in a cute little yellow cart outside AUT. And we are very glad it did, since Viet Sandwich is dedicated to one, very simple but very beautiful thing – banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich, served from small mobile carts all over Vietnam with a pile of baguettes behind a glass screen and a few selections of meat and pickles and herbs.
These banh mi (they’re all $8) are damn close to perfect – the baguettes are light and fluffy, with just enough crunch on the outside to graze the edges of your mouth, but they’re not too chewy either: the whole idea is that they soak up the juices in the meat, and pull apart easily.
There are meatballs and beef stew on the menu, but to be honest we’ve never got past the classics – the pork and chicken are fantastic, falling apart pork with plenty of juices, served with pate and mayo, pickles, cucumber and two types of chilli. The lemongrass chicken is moist and delicately flavoured. But we are singularly obsessed with the grilled pork: falling apart with plenty of juices, there is chilli and savoury and crunch. It is our favourite sandwich right now. SFG
HOURS Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm.
ADDRESS Outside AUT Art & Design Building, St Paul St, City.
IMPORTANT DETAILS Viet Sandwich has now (August 2015) opened a second spot on Elliot Street. Opening hours and legendary sandwiches are the same.