Banh Bao Brothers bring Vietnam to Waterloo – authentic flavours with a fresh urban twist
Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar bring old country flavours and folk tales, wrapped in a cool new urban style, to redeveloped Leake Street Arches, Waterloo.
Banh Bao Brothers.
Offering inventive authenticity with contemporary style, and shunning the normal Vietnamese pho found elsewhere in the capital, Banh Bao Brothers serves lunches and dinners of noodles and Banh Baos, together with a wide range of Vietnamese inspired cocktails.
Co-owner Chris Evernden says: “There’s a wider variety of noodles in Vietnam than anywhere else in the world and we’ll be offering some of our favourites, with more to be rotated as specials. We have familiar and new flavours, all with a twist, vigour and freshness you never knew they had.”
The restaurant’s core dish is the Banh Bao – the Brothers’ take on the traditional Vietnamese breakfast bao that can be eaten at any time of day. Chris continues: “The traditional Banh Bao is a steamed dish made with minced pork, Chinese sausage and a quails egg. Like all our dishes, every part of it – including the bao – is made from our own recipes, in homage to tradition, and we’ll be offering our own distinctive flavours as well as the time-honoured ‘OG’ bao.”
Those flavours are the inspiration of Chris’s business partner, head chef Raymond Ly. Chris and Ray grew up together like brothers, hence the name, with Ray’s childhood also steeped in a passion for cooking inherited from his celebrated grandmother, Madame Bay.
Chris says: “The history of food is written by grandmas and we think we’ve got the best. Madame Bay’s secret recipes were crafted with care, love and a healthy dose of cheekiness to provide daily banquets for her 13 children. Ray was the last of her students and is now a renowned and sought-after chef in the Vietnamese community."
Along with the food come plenty of cocktails, influenced by old country flavours and served in the welcoming neon hue of the Jade Dragon Bar, where an ancient folk tale of the kiss of the jade dragon inspires both the coolest of décors and the house cocktail, the eponymous Jade Dragon Kiss.
Banh Bao Brothers is the first restaurant to open in the Leake Street Arches, initiating a new “curated collection of independent restaurants and bars that capture the essence of urban culture.” (1) It is just on the edge of the graffiti tunnel and continues the neighbourhood theme inside with artworks by three big graffiti names. It is open Monday-Saturday from noon, with meals served until 10.30pm, then snacks and late drinks until midnight Monday-Thursday and 1.00am Friday and Saturday.
At the Leake Street Arches all-day first phase launch, Banh Bao Brothers will offer a roll-a-dice game with rewards of meal discounts and even free food and drink.
A gallery of high res Banh Bao Brothers photos is at http://bit.ly/BanhBaoPics
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Notes for editors
Banh Bao Brothers is open now at 20 Leake Street for lunch, dinner and late drinks, at the times given above. For more information, food menus, a drinks menu, bookings and more, visit https://www.banhbaobrothers.com .
Leake Street Arches is a newly arrived celebration of urban art, dining and entertainment, live from Waterloo. Eight former railway arches next to the famous Graffiti Tunnel have been brought back to life to provide a curated collection of independent restaurants and bars that capture the essence of urban culture.
Leake Street – the famous Graffiti Tunnel under Waterloo – was the home of Banksy’s legendary Cans Festival in 2008, since when it has become a constantly changing legal canvas for street artists and taggers, and a celebrated part of London’s urban culture.
For further information please contact
Chris Evernden, co-owner
Tel: + 44 (0) 7585 115 367
20 Leake Street, Unit 6
London SE1 7NN http://bit.ly/BanhBaoPR
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bar man making cocktails at the bar
ray black and white profile pic
our dessert cocktail the Chocolate Confucius
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Vietnamese coffee and matcha mamas
Our perfect little dish, grilled Okra with fermented tofu dip!
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One of our house cocktails, "Imperial Mule"
View off the bar from the mezzanine
our Pork noodles, tamarind broth and sticky chicken wings
Match green tea, macaroon dessert
A colour profile pic of co founder and head chef, raymond ly
Fresh prawn and pork summer rolls, stir fried pho with prawns and grilled okra with fermented tofu dip