Bun Mee [split from Saigon Sandwich thread] [San Francisco]
- Melanie Wong Apr 1, 2011 03:55 PM
Has anyone tried the new player, Bun Mee? Today's the official opening though it's been serving for a few days now.
2015 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
re: Melanie Wong
The phrase bánh mì for the fundamentally sandwich of pâté on baguette was common throughout Vietnam before the modern style was developed in Saigon.
I'm not sure we have quite the right sounds in English, but "ban" is definitely not as close as "bun" or "bung":
Finally had a chance to try Bun Mee on Fillmore for take-out.
Momma Tran’s Crispy Egg Rolls, $5.50 - Dominated by ground pork, too solid and meaty for my taste. Nuoc cham had good tart-sweet balance and a pleasing kick of spice. The separate order of a pair seemed fresher than the one stuck in with the bun.
Bun noodle bowl, $11.75 - Grilled pork was nice and tender, but not much grill influence. Completely waterlogged, and unfortunately, I didn't notice this and poured the nuoc cham over without draining off the excess water. Noodles too soggy and no flavor.
Sloppy Bun, $6.50 - Red curry ground beef was tasty and I liked how it soaked into the bread. But the stale bread was too stiff and much too sturdy to bite through.
Mango Sesame Salad, $3.00 - Soggy and wet as take-out, maybe better if eaten in-house. Underdressed or maybe just too diluted.
House-Made Coconut Cookie Sandwich, $1.50 - The one saving grace. Or maybe it seems so good in retrospect because it's the only thing I'd want to eat again.
If the bread were better, I might get a sandwich here again if I happened to be in the neighborhood. But probably not.