It’s amazing what you can do with a small space. In Wan Chai, sandwiched between the the gourmet dining avenues at Ship Street and Lee Tung Avenue is Cơm Bánh Mì, a tiny Vietnamese restaurant along Tai Wong St East that has managed to bring Vietnamese street food with good flavour and even better prices, to Hong Kong.
I liked how the owners have turned what looks like a narrow hole in the wall space into a charming eatery with it’s inviting colours, Vietnamese decor and vivid red lanterns at the entrance, beckoning guests inside.
The menu is simple fare with Vietnamese favourites with interesting twists and the chef incorporating some Hong Kong interesting ingredients and favourites. The real winner here is the pricing! Its hard to get a meal under HK$100 in a restaurant environment (sans your local cha chan teng or local coffee place) for lunch, let alone dinner. Here the menu is $80 dollars for an all-day set meal where you can choose one meat that goes with the main dish, a combo side and a drink. The optional add ons make up the premium dishes that the restaurant offers as extra orders on top of the set.
I chose an HK$80 set comprising a Caramel braised pork belly which went very well as an extra serving of meat added on to the Pho rice noodles which were very tasty and offered a hearty flavour having been slow cooked in duck and chicken broth.
This came paired with my choice of Garlic buttered wings. Drink-wise, I ordered an Avocado and Coconut Milk Shake that had a mousse like texture but tasted more coconut than avocado. On hindsight, the coffee or the coconut water would have been a much better choice.
If I had company to share my meal with, I would have ordered the add-ons – the Iberico Pork Rib (HK$80) and the Iberico Ham (HK$95) or the Món Cuốn, also known as Vietnamese rice paper rolls with prawn and pork (HK$40). All looked good, judging from what the other table near me had ordered.
Cóm Bánh Mì is at G/F 28 Tai Wong St East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Tel: 2528 9131
Email: ComBanhMi@gmail.com. Facebook: Cóm Bánh Mì Instagram: @combanhmi