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Mayday Mayday : Angela's Banh Mi is no more !

Rio Yeti Sep 6, 2013 06:00 AM

I am sad to report an awful Paris food news today... As I went to get my banh mi fix (which I've been doing every time I was working near the metro Arts et Métiers) at the infamous Banh Mi shop in rue de Volta, I shockingly discovered that the place was sparkling clean, with not one but two ladies making sandwiches, and even when a third one arrived, the noise level was still way too low for the place... which could mean only one thing : Angela was not there.

I tried to gather some information, but all I got was that she left, these new bunch bought the place and supposedly are doing "the same recipes"... The truth is the marinade/sauce isn't bad, but the meat was tough (both the pork and the beef), and the carrots weren't nearly as brightly seasoned and fresh as they used to be.
I would still rank these banh mi higher than some dreadful stuff I ate around Belleville, but they're definitely not as good as Angela's, and I'm not even mentioning the fact that the magic is gone.

Sadly, before me an american man, behind me an english man... they surely came expecting the banh mi that has been recommended here, without knowing that the owners had changed.

Sad day.

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    vielleanglaise Sep 6, 2013 04:03 PM

    I believe that she already had another place nearby that she wanted to develop. Have you tried/do you have her cell number?

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    1. re: vielleanglaise
      Parigi Sep 7, 2013 01:41 AM

      I do have her cel, have not called yet.

      1. re: Parigi
        Rio Yeti Sep 7, 2013 01:52 AM

        Let us know if you do.
        Thanks.

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      robodog Nov 4, 2013 05:34 PM

      Angela sold the shop. I agree that the Banh Mi are not as good now, but still well above average. Unfortunately, they've also raised the price by .50.

      Angie does have a (closed) shop on rue Turbigo that she is considering opening but has not as of yet. She has also spoken of opening a Banh Mi shop in London! of all places!

      Anybody have a recommendation for Banh Mi in the 13th? There are lots of Pho shops but I only know two places that make Banh Mi and they are below average.

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      1. re: robodog
        Rio Yeti Nov 5, 2013 01:04 AM

        Thank you for the info !

      2. Rio Yeti Feb 12, 2014 05:24 AM

        According to someone who commented on my blog (source unverified), the Banh-Mi shop will reopen at 81,rue Turbigo Paris 75003, and Angela will be there...

        No date yet.

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          robodog Feb 12, 2014 05:31 AM

          1 March, 2014 (at least that's her goal). But I don't think it's going to be a Banh-Mi shop. Previously she had been talking about a Salon de Thé.

          She has been in London recently.

          1. re: robodog
            Rio Yeti Feb 12, 2014 05:37 AM

            Thank you, I now realize that you had already mentioned the shop on rue de Turbigo.
            At least, it now seems "certain" that she plans on opening it. Can't wait to see what she decides to do with it !

            1. re: Rio Yeti
              Parigi Feb 12, 2014 06:04 AM

              I don't care if My Angela is making tarantula meatball. I'm there.

              1. re: Parigi
                mangeur Feb 12, 2014 06:25 AM

                As the ancient philosophers used to debate, how many tarantulas does it take Angela to make a meatball?

                1. re: mangeur
                  Delucacheesemonger Feb 12, 2014 07:07 AM

                  Or alternately how many meatballs would a tarantula make out of Angela ?

                  1. re: mangeur
                    PhilD Feb 12, 2014 06:52 PM

                    Deep fried Tarantualas are quite a delicacy in Cambodia - they are quite large and are served on sticks like lollipops - so be careful what you wish for...!

                    1. re: PhilD
                      Parigi Feb 13, 2014 01:03 AM

                      Ew. Quoique… I have eaten fried silkworms int he Golden Triangle, the food machismo of my Canto ancestry oblige.

            2. re: Rio Yeti
              Parigi Mar 30, 2014 06:52 AM

              Today was the 2nd time since your post I checked out 81 rue Turbigo. Nut'n.

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                robodog Mar 30, 2014 06:01 PM

                Was there about three weeks ago and some guys were doing some cleanup work inside. I stopped and asked for Angie, but she wasn't around. Was told that something is coming. But what and when?

                Was back last week and it was locked up tight.

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              megtenni Apr 17, 2014 02:22 PM

              Her new place is now open! I havent tried it yet, it's a bit pricey. 6 euros for the banh mi now.

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              1. re: megtenni
                Parigi Apr 17, 2014 03:04 PM

                Is the new address given correctly above ?
                I have passed by recently and have seen no activity at all
                And she is doing Banh Mi again ? I thought she had sold the small place in order to take over a bigger place and make it a tea room?
                So the tea room is selling Banh Mi ?? This is strange.

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                  megtenni Apr 18, 2014 07:41 AM

                  Yeah, the address is correct! It's quite inconspicuous. But there are a few posters about the food on the window.

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                    megtenni Apr 18, 2014 07:42 AM

                    I don't know whether it's a tea room, I didnt go in. But on the menu outside there were bahn mi's, a few rice and meat dishes and some bubble teas. There was probably some other things on there that I didn't notice.

                    1. re: megtenni
                      Parigi Apr 18, 2014 07:48 AM

                      On rue de Turbigo ?
                      Was the street number correct ?
                      Two weeks ago the address was deserted.

                      1. re: megtenni
                        Rio Yeti Apr 18, 2014 07:54 AM

                        Good news !

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