Ooh I say. Declarations of love, romantic angst, the sweetness of a kiss… Whaam Bánh Mì in London’s Soho neighbourhood delivers what might be the steamiest sandwich experience in the capital, as owner Tom Barlow brings his take on the popular Vietnamese street food favourite to Great Windmill Street.
If you thought that one sandwich was pretty much like another, think again. The French left the baguette behind when they bowed out of Indochina, and the Vietnamese developed a unique way of making a light, crispy version of the bread. It’s ripped open and filled with pate, sliced crunchy vegetables and chilli and a choice of protein — Whaam’s selections include shredded barbecue pork, lemongrass chicken, and crispy ginger and chilli tofu. The Whaam love story plays out on panels illustrated in a pop art style, with a story that suggests you might well develop some passionate feelings for the flavours happening here. It’s a pretty sexy interior too — the reclaimed packing crate panels and rough brick walls sit nicely on the polished floorboards. Energising beverages come courtesy of The Saigon Coffee Company and Blacksheep Coffee.