You'll probably walk by the store several times before you actually see it. The spot is tiny, mainly for take out, though it does have a seating area that can probably fit no more than 10 people. There's 7 choices of Banh Mi sandwiches to choose from, including the Banh Mi tacos we were very interested in. So, we gave it a shot. We ordered the Fresh Basil Soda Limeade, Super Cub Classic, The "Hog", Lemongrass chicken taco and the beefsteak taco. The Super Cub Classic is pretty much a classic Banh Mi with the pork, pate and headchease while The "Hog" is grilled pork with fried shallots. While the other five all seemed interesting and all offered something different from the normal Banh Mi, like the DUC (meatball, provolone and tomato sauce) or the Lam'bretta (coconut curry lamb), we figured that we'd get something a bit more traditional to test out the quality of their cooking. After all, if you can't the basics right, then usually there's not much hope for the rest of the menu. Sadly, the basics here just weren't impressive.
The tacos unfortunately were a bit of a fail. Sure, reusing the same toppings for everything saves on food cost, but it would have been nice if the same ingredients could have been presented and flavored differently to add a different dimension to these tacos. As they are, they're just the same as the sandwiches, just in soft flour tacos. A dipping sauce would have been nice to add an extra something to the so-so tacos (why not offer different types of salsa or something?). The flour tortillas had a raw taste to them, which was unfortunate since the chefs certainly took such care toasting the bread. The lemongrass chicken was totally bland. In fact it tasted like the exact same bland meat of the Hog, which was weird because it was chicken. The beefsteak with pineapple chutney taco only had a hint of pineapple flavor but it did seem to have other spices which worked. Hopefully this means the sandwich would have been good. The refreshment of the Basil Soda Limeade had too much basil flavor and not enough lime flavor. It tasted more like sugary basil water with a hint of soda and a tiny splash of lime. A little more tang would have made the drink much more refreshing.
For the price of the sandwiches, it's not a bad place, but it's not that great either. Everything was just missing that something to make it memorable.Granted, we only tried a handful of items off the menu so it's possible that other sandwiches and tacos were delicious. As for now, it's not a horrible place to go to, it just has room for improvement.