After another night of meandering around galleries in East London for First Thursdays, we were starving and on the hunt for somewhere in Shoreditch that didn't have a queue out the door (Pizza East had a 45 minute wait, and there was a queue about 30 people long for Dishroom). We we wandering back to Old Street station down Great Eastern Street, resigning ourselves to beans on toast at home, when we stumbled across the understated Bánhmì11. I'm so glad we did.
The menu isn't extensive, but you can mix and match so there's something for everyone. In hindsight, we probably should have tried the banh mi (freshly baked bread rolls), but instead I chose a warming Cha Cha Chicken with sticky sushi rice. It was cooked with lemongrass and coconut milk – it wasn't quite a curry, but it was perfect with the pickles and coriander salad that accompanied it. Kerry chose a spicy beef curry with a light and fragrant noodle salad, which was also divine.
The bill came to £15 for two meal boxes (£6.50 each, or £5.50 for the banh mi), and a green tea.
Find Bánhmì11 at 101 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A3JD. Check out their website and other locations here.