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Jul 27, 2013 06:34 AM

Banh mi sandwiches - where to go?

Had them recently when out of town and I'm obsessed. Does anybody have any recs for great banh mi in Montreal?

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  1. Best are at Hung Phat, and generally the area around Jean Talon and St-Denis, or Cote des Neiges (ie, not Chinatown).

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    1. re: nikkori

      Thanks nikkori I will try it today!

      1. re: nikkori

        I concur, Hung Phat makes the best banh mi in Montreal

        1. re: Evilbanana11

          +2 for Hung Phat. I've only started going there recently and I've been kicking myself for not having tried it sooner.

      2. Hoang Oanh in Chinatown has been my go to for the past few years and its very tasty. I believe they also have a location on St Denis by Jean Talon.

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        1. re: Stax88

          @Stax88: Have you tried the one accross the street called
          Cao Thang with the orange sign. Between the two I find bread and filling tastier.

          I'm looking for one neat st-denis and maisonneuve that is supossely amazing, Anyone has an idea?

          1. re: maj54us

            Do you mean Vua?


            I've read good things, but the name doesn't come up very often.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              I love Vua. I wish they would expand city wide and stay open later.

              In my opinion, it is one of the best, and they have so many other delicious food items for very little $$$.

              it's beneath the thai express just north of de M

              1. re: catroast

                Thanks Snack Happy. I think that's the one. Yet to try but told it's an amazing sandwich.

                Tried Hung Phat on St-Denis and Jean-Talon (south-est side) for lunch today and was happy with the sanswich I had. Bread was very good reminded me on the ones they make in italian bakery but with a thinner crispy shell with a generous amount of filling.

                1. re: maj54us

                  i've never had a good bahn mi at hung phat. i find the bread too dense and not very fresh.

                  1. re: catroast

                    My experience was quite the opposite. Bread was fluffy and the crust crispy. Good thing I didn't eat it at home I would have made a huge mess with the crumbs. It's not a baguette bread but I can't figure out what kind of bread it is.

                    The highlight was the stuffing. Choice of tofu or mushrooms. Love the mushrooms stuffing.

                2. re: catroast

                  I've had the sandwiches several time at Vua and have always been happy with what I received. The price is good and there is a lot of choice for other food in the place.

                  1. re: catroast

                    It's an amazing little place and I agree, I wish they'd do like M4 Burritos and open up somewhere near Concordia.

                    1. re: denpanosekai

                      Perhaps they will, as they are very successful next to UQAM.

                      1. re: lagatta

                        Good news lagatta! I spoke with Vua's owner and she says they are currently evaluating the Concordia area for summer 2014!!! They have their eyes on on Sainte-Catherine near Guy, that's all she would say but she seemed very serious about it.

                    2. re: catroast

                      Is there indoor or outdoor seating at Vua on St-Denis, or is it take-out only? Need seats for 4.

                      1. re: kpzoo

                        Tons of seating on the second floor, which is shared between Vua and another restaurant (forget which). You do have to ask for takeout, and walk outside for a couple seconds though. Confusing at first. Still, there's seating for about 10 inside Vua itself and I've never had to wait too long to sit 4 of us.

                        1. re: denpanosekai

                          Cool - thanks for the info. (and Shattered too)

                        2. re: kpzoo

                          There are a few small tables outside Vua as well, in front, with enough seating for about 10.

                3. Yes, Hoang Oanh Villeray is at 7178 St-Denis, just north of Jean-Talon, on the west side of the street:

                  Here is an older thread on the topic. Unfortunately, I think the one on St-Zotique has closed; the locale is being renovated, don't know if it will once again be a banh mi place.

                  1. Is there any banh mi near Guy Concordia? I know one closed on Mackay about a year ago, anything else around and are they good?

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                    1. re: meagain

                      i noticed a sign for banh mi on the eastern side of the street between sherbrooke and de maisonneuve on de la montagne near toyo. i never went but i think that is the only banh mi to be found now with ba le closed.

                      1. re: catroast

                        Have you tried it yet? Any comments? I know which one you're talking about, it seems to double as a karaoke joint at night...

                        One of our Vietnamese friends swears by Vua, and we like it too, but I'm curious about other places in the downtown area.

                        It's a stretch, and I'm no expert, but the best damn Banh Mi I've had was in Chicago on Belmont West, Banh Mi & Co I believe. Raised the bar real high and haven't found a local contender yet.

                    2. Had a good Banh mi at Sencha on St. Laurent today. Not as good as Hung Phat but nice to have in the Mile-end hood. Seems like very nice people running the place too. .

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                      1. re: meagain

                        milani on bernard has very tasty banh mi (in mile end)