Waldies Bakery, 168 Victoria Street, Seddon. Phone: 9689 3806
Seddon, it could be argued, is becoming a little too cluttered with cafes.
So we reckon it’s cool there’s an alternative at hand.
Not that it looks like a new arrival – Waldies Bakery looks pretty much the same as it ever has.
As does the line-up of pies and cakes and so on
But there’s new management.
New management that’s offering banh mi.
So it is that Sara whips us up a couple of Viet sangers.
It’s real soon after Christmas, so instead of the advertised half-dozen fillings, we have a choice of only two – grilled chicken and grilled pork.
So we get one of each.
The rolls are less crusty that you’ll routinely get in Footscray central and have a mottled outer that is referred to by a certain franchise bakery chain as “Tiger bread”.
But they’re fresh-as and taste good.
The fillings are of a regulation, good banh mi variety.
We enjoy our rolls, but immediately notice the absence of fresh chilli.
Some is brought to our outdoor table by Sara and there’s no such problem with the third roll we order to split.
We reckon Waldie’s banh mi offerings will likely get better as the holiday season recedes and range available expands beyond what greeted us this week.
Banh mi is, after all, one of those things that thrive on high turnover.
As well, the new management folks may come to understand that while they’ve moved into a well-known cafe strip, there are plenty of people around who will want – and demand – the full-blown banh mi experience.
Chillis and all …
The Waldies price is $5 – more than you’ll pay in Footscray or Sunshine but less than for a sandwich just about anywhere in Seddon.