Location: 1239 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5Z5
Hours: Mon – Sun 10:30AM – 8PM
- Trendy “Banh Mi” in Yaletown
- Paid street parking
- Steps from Yaletown Canada Line station
- More offerings than just the classic “Banh Mi”
- Premium prices for a Banh Mi
My girlfriend and I stopped by DD Mau for a bite before A-Lin’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Centre. It was on my wishlist since its opening but just never made it to Yaletown. I don’t come down to Yaletown often and I have my reasons, 99% of Yaletown is paid parking, it’s far and not centralized.
When we walked in, there was only one other couple dining at the establishment. It was pretty quiet on a Saturday evening, I could imagine because it wasn’t in the core of Yaletown. And Saturday night, I think people would have better options. It didn’t take us long to get our order.
Now I guess to give some sort of introduction to DD Mau, it specializes in “Banh Mi”, a Viet version of the sub. They also have pho noodle offerings besides the subs. Check out their menu online.
The girlfriend had “The Classic” which includes an assorted Viet cold cuts and deli meats, house made pâté, pickled veggies, and house aioli. She took out the cilantro and jalapeños. The classic is what you will mostly find at Pho places and Viet bakeries. The cold cuts were very cold or maybe a little too cold (according to my girlfriend). The subs were pretty big, the picture above is only half of it. Aside from the meat, the bun was crispy. However I don’t really think it brought out all the flavours.
I got one of their Specialty Banh Mi, which was filled with crispy roasted pork, scallion chimichurri, pickled vegetables, cilantro, house aioli, jalapeños, and cracklin. Mine was warm, the roasted pork was good. But I thought the roasted pork sandwich I had at Meat and Bread was way crispier than here. However, this still tasted good. I would probably like to see more sauce in the sub, if I was going to give it a perfect score.
Overall, I thought DD Mau certainly brought a new offering to the Trendy Yaletown. And I can see how it will be a new lunch favourites in the summer. But as for Banh Mi goes, I’ve had better ones than D Mau’s. The price is a little on the steeper side for a sub but if you’re comparing Subway or any other sub chains I think its pricing is fair. How will DD Mau fight the competition? Time will tell. I didn’t order any drinks, but next time, I will definitely give that Avocado smoothie a try.
For those who are Banh Mi experts, where do you think is the best place for Banh Mi in Vancouver?