First up, let me just tell you that I freaking love Vietnamese Pho! It’s so hard to find a good place that serves good pho! (I know! I know! First world problems)
Honestly, I had to get my fix every time I go to London cause I always thought Newcastle didn’t have any ever since Little Saigon closed years ago (they were a Vietnamese restaurant located in Newcastle city centre).
Slightly skeptical but last Friday, my Columbian friend, Cata convinced me to have lunch at a Vietnamese cafe in the middle of Newcastle City Centre. I have seen this place pop up once in a while on Instagram and passed by plenty of times but never ventured in because I always thought they only sell Banh Mi which is a Vietnamese Baguette sandwich but little did I know, they also sell PHO! (insert happy dance! )
**Remember I mentioned Little Saigon earlier, the owner opened Time Banhmi, imagine my surprise when I saw him and super excited he remembered me too. Let’s just say, I used to visit Little Saigon very regularly! (I was addicted to their noodle soup back then haha!)
Located just down from Monument in Newcastle City Centre by Grainger Market, It’s the perfect neighborhood restaurant – laid back, sensational food, inexpensive, fast food with a lovely environment.
Check out all those Baguettes!
Here’s how it works, you come up to the till and place your order, they will give you a ticket and wait till your number is called.
They serve a variety of fillings for their Banh Mi which is a Vietnamese sandwich using a baguette and fresh ingredients. You see, Vietnam has a lot of French influence hence the baguette mixed in with Chinese and South Asian flavours as well.
Next to their till is something I wish some restaurants could do. They have a display of their products so you as a customer know exactly what you will get!
I opted for their Beef Pho with Vietnamese Spring rolls, and if you order a starter and main, you will get a drink included and I paid around £10.50 for this combo. Their pho is freshly made, almost Subway style – fast and you can see what ingredients they use.
Their spring rolls were crispy, delectable, not spicy and very flavourful! I love dipping this into my pho and let it sog up a bit then bite into them! Mmm just so you know, I’m getting very hungry as I am writing this!
For those who are not familiar with pho. They are fresh, healthy and tasty consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, herbs such as ginger, onion, garlic, star anise, cinnamon and fish sauce, topped with bean sprouts, onions, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken. Squeeze a lime all over and mix it all up before slurping into it.
If noodle is not your thing, then you can go for their rice box, this is their Caramel Ginger chicken rice box served with coriander leaves, fresh coleslaw and boiled rice.
Did you know they also serve Vegan options for their pho and Banhmi!!
For me, I am pleased that I can have a restaurant that I can bring one of my best friend who is vegan for lunch. This is their Vegan Pho noodle soup with tofu, and she enjoyed it very much and pleased to find a trustworthy cafe that provides delicious vegan options.
This window seat is quite possibly my favourite spot here, with a kick of their Vietnamese coffee, it’s perfect for all your people watching needs!
This is a no frill and well-designed café to have a filling meal, do a spot of work or just gaze out of the window and watch the world go by… it’s a proper little gem in a proper pretty street.
Of course, their main attraction is their Banhmi (Baguette sandwich) which is equally delicious according to the customers sat around me, I’ll definitely be trying that soon. At under £5 per sandwich and fresh cooked ingredients and veg, I think this is much healthier and delicious than Subway.
I’m so glad to have been introduced to it – thank you so much Catalina!
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