Hoang Lan 2, 10 Alfrieda Street, St Albans. Phone: 9366 7098
There are several places that specialise in banh mi on Alfrieda Street, but mostly they’re geared to take-away trade and have only the most rudimentary eat-here-right-now seating arrangements.
Which is why I choose Hoang Lan 2 and its cafe vibe and plush seats.
There’s many kinds of Vietnamese snack things available here, as well as cakes and pastries and coffee.
But it’s banh mi that’s on my mind.
I ask what are the most popular … and am told numbers 7, 8 and 12: BBQ chicken, BBQ pork and roast pork.
So I do the obvious – and choose meatballs instead.
It’s perfect in every way.
The bread is crusty and fresh and my sanger is well stuffed with two halved meatballs, pickled carrot, chilli, mayo, coriander and more.
(This post has been sponsored by the St Albans Business Group. However, Consider The Sauce chose and paid for the food involved and the STBG neither sought nor was granted any access or say in the writing of this post.)
They are defying inflation. Nearly 30 years ago I discovered Ba Le in Footscray. They had for a long time the best Viet rolls in Footscray and they remained $2 a pop right up until the intro of the GST. I think they charge $5 these days so this joint in St Albans is obviously trying to corner the market. I hope they continue to offer such good value for money!