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Dec 4, 2006 02:52 AM

A Chau Deli: new banh mi shop

There's a new banh mi shop on Mulberry (Canal/Bayard) called A Chau Deli. I tried the house special, #1, and determined that it should be called the nothing special. Low quality ingredients, totally average taste. They were doing a good business, and there were a few other things on the menu, but I don't think I'll be back.

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  1. It's not that new--squid kun tipped us off to the place here: and I tried it once around then on his recommendation.

    I wouldn't write off A Chau entirely. Though I think the meat is richer and more flavorful at Saigon Banh Mi, the vegetables at A Chau are great--thinly sliced, juicy, and flavorful. If I didn't get down there so infrequently, and with such singular (saigon banh mi) purpose, I'd definitely go back.

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    1. re: rose water

      Oh sorry about that. I searched but couldn't find anything -- got lots of weird matches.
      I didn't think the vegetables were anything special, maybe a little too sweet is all I noticed.

      1. re: Peter Cuce

        hey, if you don't catch every last post, it just means you're more sane than some of us! and if you happened on this place on your own, then more power to your 'hounding/ exploration skills.

        there are a bunch of banh mi shops tucked all over chinatown. i find it hard to pass up saigon banh mi, and enjoy banh mi so 1 vegetarian stuff as an alternative so i've done very little exploring.

        1. re: rose water

          I'm not very sane, but thanks for the implication :)
          My benchmark banh mi spots are in Brooklyn, don't eat 'em in Manhattan all that often.

    2. Funny, I noticed the Bahn Mi place after a visit to Pho Viet Hong on Saturday. I also saw there was a new (ish?) Vietnamese restaurant near the Bahn Mi place which I'd never seen before. Anyone tried it?

      1. tried a chau this weekend. the pork roll filling wasn't particularly distinguished and was pretty skimpy, but the veg were terrific as mentioned above and also plentiful. loads of jalapeno, too. unfortunately, they were out of meatballs.

        1. The #6 at A Chau - bbq pork, pate, and steamed pork - is damn good. What I especially like about A Chau is that: A. You can actually sit at a small counter, and B. When I asked for extra chili peppers on the sandwich and some more on the side, I got it. I've been meaning to try their meatball.

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          1. re: Skillet Licker

            Yeah, I'm a fan of the #6 too. To your A and B, I would add:

            C: It takes some time, but that's because they do everything to order and toast twice (first the bread, then the sandwich). The other Manhattan places sometimes make them in advance. (I still need to check out the Sunset Park banh mi.)

            D: They don't over-stuff. Meat, vegetables, seasonings, bread are well balanced. I like the BBQ pork at Saigon, but I think they cram too much of it in. Might sound like an odd thing to fault (too much meat??); matter of preference, I guess.

            OK, you've talked me into it. That's where I'm going for lunch.

            1. re: squid kun

              i'll definitely try the #6 if i go back. i agree that overstuffedness isn't a good thing, but when i said that our meat filling was skimpy i really meant it. the portion was so small that i couldn't even taste the pork. i might as well have been having a pickled veg/chili sandwich, but given the excellent, flavorsome character of their vegetables that's not a bad thing.