Banh Mi Now
The humble banh mi is one of the world’s most popular sandwiches for good reason – just a single bite of a crusty baguette stuffed with mouth-watering fillings is enough to prove its unparalleled majesty. Banh Mi Now is a specialty shop in the heart of The City that hawks fresh and affordable Vietnamese sandwiches for those on the go. Owned and operated by Ben, Ashleigh and Ashleigh’s husband Jonathan, Banh Mi Now is inspired by family traditions and Ben and Ashleigh’s combined years spent honing the hospitality craft. Both qualified chefs, Ben and Ashleigh struck out on their own when the opportunity to team up arose, opening Banh Mi Now – a hole-in-the-wall sandwich spot – in 2019. Old-school neon signs catch the eye of passing foot traffic, and the promise of simple and sublime sandwiches lures them in. The menu boasts four permanent filling choices to select from – crackling pork belly, grilled chicken, traditional pork rolls or a vegan-friendly lemongrass and chilli soy nugget roll, with meaty options coming with chicken liver pate, mayonnaise, lightly pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber and coriander. Banh Mi Now also stocks rice-paper rolls and rice bowls for gluten-free eaters, and rotating sandwich specials often boast the likes of lemongrass beef brisket, Vietnamese pork sausage, sweet-and-sour pork meat balls and spiced mackerel. If you’re keen to sample the banh mi experience, Banh Mi Now is shaping up to become one of Brisbane’s best spots to find it.