If I had to commit myself to one sandwich for the rest of my life, it would hands down be the Vietnamese bánh mì. It just has such a perfect blend of flavors and textures- sweet, sour, salty and spicy and all layered into one demi-baguette of deliciousness.
DD Mau is a small Yaletown based sandwich shop that’s taken a modern spin on the classic tradition soaked bánh mì. Think Ba Le meets Gastown’s Meat & Bread. I wanted to try out their fusion styled subs to see how they compare to their conventional counterpart.
Although they have an inventive menu with some truly tempting descriptions, I opted for The Classic to get a base-line feel for what the place has to offer.
As I bit into this, the first thing I noticed immediately was the bread. It didn’t have the light airy crunch of a classic bánh mì, but rather much more dense texture. Usually Vietnamese baguettes use rice flour to give them that thinner crust and more hollow center.
There was a good amount of filling, and all the ingredients tasted fresh with a nice balance of flavors. I liked it fine, but it did come at a much steeper price ($7.5) than what I’m used to for a Viet sub.
I absolutely adore honeydew flavored things (from bubble teas to Melona ice cream bars). So when I saw that they had fresh honeydew smoothies I had to try one.
You could really taste the fresh honeydew as opposed to artificial powder, and the almond milk provided a nice compliment. Refreshing but not too sweet.
We also got a Vermicelli Bowl with Grilled Lemongrass Chicken and Spring Roll. This was very meh. I would stick to the sandwiches and smoothies for this place.
I like this place in that it has a nice atmosphere with charming rustic interior and top quality fresh ingredients. But at the end of the day, I like getting my viet subs and pho from unpresuming hole in the wall places that have delicious food at dirt cheap prices. It’s just personal preference, but I guess I’m just not ready to accept one of my favorite all-time comfort foods into the more high-end upscale food bracket.