It's no secret that Bun Mi's Goal is to earn the title of Best Banh Mi in Atlanta It's not an easy road for sure, being a newcomer when many die hard fans are set on the ways of Buford Highway and many Vietnamese diners are so used to this casual street food being a common staple that they scoff of the idea of it being elevated in any way. We are making progress and many who've tried our banh mi have already been making that public claim. Our most popular sandwich recently made the Atlanta Journal Constitution's dish of the week!
Let's start with the what holds everything together, the bread, the bánh mì who's namesake is the dishes' identity. Any other restaurant using a hoagie, sub, roll or any bread so doughy is doing it wrong and just borrowing the name for the attention. Ours is an upleveled French Vietnamese Baguette. Longer and more substantial than most bread you'd find at a Banh Mi shop yet still has that familiar crispy chewy texture that is not too dense. It has a delicious aroma not found in most subs or rolls.
Now comes the most subtle ingredients: The Vietnamese Aioli and the Pate. Both French influenced. The aioli spread is called bơ in Vietnamese, reminiscent of the term "beurre". Our housemade ingredients is what makes our flavors stand out. The truffle pate is one of a kind: rich and delicious it beats the canned stuff most other places use hands down.
Next up the balance of flavors that is the veggies that are quintessential in a banh mi: Marinated carrots & daikon, cilantro and cucumbers (optional jalapenos). Each Vietnamese restaurant has their take on the pickeled vegetables and all too often it leaves a sour vinegar taste that overpowers the ingredients. The best pickled carrots and daikon is a mixture of sweet and sour that still leaves the original taste of the veggies intact.
Finally we have the stars: The perfectly marinated cuts of meats or mushroom (for our vegans). More traditional shops skimp on these and we tend to be more generous. We choose the finest cuts of meat and source organic and wild caught when we can. Springer mountain chicken, juicy cheshire pork, premium shortribs with much of the fat trimmed, wild caught gulf shrimp and organic mushrooms lovingly marinated with authentic Vietnamese spices and sauces that are enhanced on the grill.
The result then is a bite into a sandwich that will leave you craving for more. Our perfect five star reviews on Google, Facebook and TripAdvisor says it all. Between our customers proclaiming bun mi has the best banh mi and validation from the media , we are excited and hope to bring awareness to our journey to introduce more delicious Vietnamese food mainstream.
As of November 2018: Bun Mi Vietnamese Grill has the Best Vietnamese Food in Atlanta according to Yelp