PERTH | If you’re looking for a great bánh mi in Perth, Le Vietnam has to be on your list. Owner DJ Lee and his wife opened their hole in the wall bánh mi spot several years ago, driven by a desire to serve up the best bánh mi in town.
DJ’s previous life was that of an EDM DJ, and while travelling around the word doing gigs, bánh mi was one of the foods that he always craved. In each city he visited, he made it his mission to find that city’s best bánh mi.
In 2014, while in Paris for a few months, DJ spent time researching the French roots of bánh mi, and that really set things in motion. He moved back to Perth, determined to open his own bánh mi shop. DJ and Emily spent several months in Vietnam, trying regional variations and learning from the best, and soon after, opened Le Vietnam.
The bánh mi here are the real deal that nail all the essentials. Fresh, high quality, ingredients, baguettes with the perfect crunch baked daily, and balanced textures and flavour.
There’s traditional options on the menu, several vegan varieties, and culture hopping variants inspired by Australia’s boundary pushing Vietnamese chefs and Perth’s hospo community. It’s not uncommon to find limited edition collaborations with the likes of Deli’s Continental, Big Don’s Meat, and Archie’s Hot Chicken on the menu. There’s even a collaboration rice lager with local brewery Nowhereman on offer.
I tried the traditional, and a limited Mexican barbacoa beef versions. Both were outstanding, perfect with an iced Vietnamese coffee.
1/89 Barrack Street
Western Australia 6000
Mon – Fri: 10:00am to 3:00pm