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Bun Mee

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Address: 650 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 362-8663

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One of my co-workers recommended a new Vietnamese sandwich place that just opened up on Market close to our workplace.  It’s actually a second restaurant to the already popular Fillmore location.  Bun Mee mainly serves up traditional Vietnamese street-food sandwiches known as Banh Mis.  They also serve appetizers, rice/noodle bowls, salads, sides, and desserts.  Also, the skinny/narrow interior is nicely designed and esthetically pleasing.  The diagonal red support beam in the 2nd picture above says, “All sandwiches come with hot jalapeno peppers unless you’re sissy”.


I had the Grilled Five-Spice Chicken Banh Mi.  This came with caramel mayo, shaved onion, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers and cilantro (I was wussy and asked to take out the jalapenos).  I also added a Fried Egg for $1 and Pate (spread) for $1 more.  I’m not sure why pate is an add-on since that’s what Banh Mis traditionally come with as the spread for the sandwich.  The Banh Mi was a bit expensive compared to usual Banh Mis, but was extremely filling.  The chicken tasted marvelous and the Banh Mi was amply filled with pickled carrots and daikon.  Somehow the fried egg ended up on the outside of the sandwich, so the yolk ended up messily running onto the paper wrapping.  I love fried egg anyways so that didn’t matter.

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The Lemongrass Pork Banh Mi.  This came with grilled lemongrass Kurobuta pork, garlic mayo, shaved onion, pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, and cilantro.  I added a Fried Egg for an additional $1.  There was lots of tender grilled lemongrass pork on the inside of the sandwich, but was seasoned with a bit too much pepper.  Shredded carrots and daikon abounded on top with some cilantro.  This time the Fried Egg was cooked a bit longer and wasn’t as runny as the Grilled Five-Spice Chicken Banh Mi above.


***Update 4/24/2015***: Tried the Hawker Bowl which consisted of a fried egg, spicy cucumbers, Vietnamese herbs, bok choy, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, sriracha mayo, and fried shallots over vermicelli rice noodles and grilled pork.  This was a good mix and generous portion of the many ingredients.


***Update 2/9/2015***: I won a Twitter contest for the new Bird’s Eye Fries Bun Mee now serves during its Happy Hour.  After a few rounds of back-and-forth email I finally got coupons.  One of them was for a free sandwich.  I chose the Juicy Steak Banh Mi with pate and fried egg on top, of course.  This came with grilled flank steak with lime pepper mayo, lotus root relish, shaved onion, pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, cilantro, and crispy shallots.  The steak was cooked medium-well (which is my preference anyways) and there was a good amount of it.


***Update 7/10/2014***: Tried the Belly Bun Banh Mi today.  This came with braised Kurobuta pork belly, salted radish relish, shaved onion, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, and cilantro.  I added Pate for $1.  I also added Fried Egg for $1 but was disappointed it was nowhere to be found (maybe they forgot it).  The pork belly was very tender, but I couldn’t taste the crispy skin.  It was overpowered and covered by the pate and fish sauce.


***Update 4/21/2014***: Tried the Hanoi-Style Crispy Catfish Banh Mi today.  This came with crispy-fried turmeric catfish, red curry mayo, shaved onion, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, and cilantro.  The catfish was perfectly breaded and had a good amount of veggies in it.  There should have been more red curry mayo since the sandwich tasted a little plain.

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I also tried the sweet potato fries with red curry mayo sauce on the side.  They were perfectly seasoned and crispy.

– Norm

Children’s Menu [y]
Changing Station [?]
Highchairs/Boosters [?]
Stroller Access [decent]

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