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Banh Bao Brothers

20 LEAKE STREET , UNIT 6, LONDON, United Kingdom, SE17NN
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Opening Information


MONDAY - THURSDAY
LUNCH 12:00 - 00:00
DINNER 18:00 - 00:00

FRIDAY & SATURDAY
LUNCH 12:00 - 17:00
DINNER 18:00 - 01:00

SUNDAY
Closed

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Awesome View
  • Bar

About Banh Bao Brothers

Introducing Vietnamese food to the masses through a wide selection of mouthwatering dishes from Banh Bao Brothers. The spirit of Vietnam is alive and well in this chilled-out spot just beneath Waterloo Station. Tucked into the overhang of a renovated archway, Banh Bao Brothers delivers an authentic Vietnamese restaurant experience in modern digs. Share a plate, have a laugh, and allow your taste buds to transport you to another side of the world. From the colourful markets of Hanoi to the bustling streets Ho Chi Minh City, the depth of this amazing culture is within each traditional dish.

The heart of Vietnam beats stronger than ever in Banh Bao Brothers as traditional food intertwines with modern appeal. Tour the scenic hillsides, endless coastline, and the busy markets that make-up this special corner of the globe. More than just a Pho Joint, our restaurant and bar begins a new age of authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the United Kingdom. Well-composed plates brimming with style make-up every bite as friends debate which item to dive into next. Laughter spills into the colourful streets beneath the station as the Vietnamese food and drinks keep coming. Whether hanging with the pals, a romantic rendezvous or going all out on the town, we are here to let the good times roll.

A quick bite or an all-day session is a quick step beneath Waterloo station. Near the well-known Graffiti Tunnel, the Leake Street Arches serve as home to many local businesses. Repurposed brick-laden archways off historic streets add charm and function to the entire neighbourhood. Where creativity and community collide, the growing area provides a quintessential urban experience. As expected, freedom of expression is quite strong in the only area of London where graffiti is legal. The first restaurant to open in the tunnel, Banh Bao Brothers continues to lead a culinary rebirth in a legendary spot. An inviting environment reflects a proud tradition while embracing the hip vibe.

Two founders who grew up as brothers allow a passion for food to further their success. Large doors guarded by the two Banh Bao Brothers warmly invite visitors into the spacious lobby. Inside, a traditional ambiance with urban flair pays homage to a rich heritage and style of cooking. Blending a natural décor within an industrial setting, bamboo light boxes create an alluring forest fit for the city. A vibrant bar alongside colourfully painted walls reflects the personality of this lively, diverse area. Each party receives a pleasant greeting from accommodating hosts as smells from the kitchen hit the nose.

Nobody knows food like grandma, and the story behind our own success is no exception. Thanks to our very own Madame Bay, we are able to share her traditional recipes with central London. Madame Bay’s zest for life and commitment to her family inspires us to deliver the very best to our visitors. A young, professional crowd of locals come together each day to share dishes made from the freshest ingredients in town. More than just noodles, Vietnamese cuisine is a fresh and healthy option, convenient for groups. A selective menu enables a steady rotation of favourites and seasonal specialties. The Vietnamese flavours you know and love, along with a few surprises, is in these dishes rarely found outside the country.

Tending to thirteen children wasn’t always easy, but Madame Bay sure made it seem so. Putting on huge banquets each day, grandma let her love shine brightly through every dish. Thankfully, her skills are available to the next generation of Vietnamese chefs. Ray, our head chef and co-founder of Banh Bao Brothers, is this legacy’s last student. Based on Madame Bay’s very own cookbook, our menu keeps her talents alive each day. Rich flavours from the soul from authentic recipes continue to give the city a true taste of Vietnam. Spread the word, this gourmet grub hub is quickly changing the way the U.K. views Vietnamese food.

Take a step into a kitchen Madame Bay would be proud of where mouthwatering delicacies are regularly born. Only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients go into each of our heart-filled creations. Fragrant bundles of mint and basil along fresh cut lime wedges perfume the air as fresh garlic sizzles in a hot wok. Steam from fresh baos and slow-cooked broths simmer to fill the room with a hearty steam. Bright vegetables, herbs, and fiery chilis take a whirl in the pot to become delicious takes on old favourites. Tinder meat and crisp seafood join a colourful bouquet of seasonal vegetables to create perfectly balanced servings. Keep an eye on new items hitting the ever-changing menu, a seasonal treat is always around the corner.
One of the most popular places to gather in the area, our bar has a drink menu featuring smooth libations throughout the day and night. The welcoming neon hue of the “Jade Dragon Bar” is irresistible to a friendly clientele that is always up for a flavourful beverage. The fully stocked bar is finely plated with dragon scale tiles that transport onlookers to another time. A Vietnamese-inspired cocktail menu puts a modern spin upon old world charm. Punchy flavours and complex layers create a potent mix that is sure to make a splash. With a swift shake, premium ingredients come together in intoxicating masterpieces fit for any palate. Tropical cocktails stand at attention as the bar’s lively murals dancing colourfully in the background. The dragon comes to life while the best of friends indulge in a treasure buried under Waterloo Station.

Brunch and dinner menus feature a range of shared plates alongside larger servings for the Hangry. Four bao combinations are available throughout the day and represented by our friends of the restaurant. Each character is ready to guide taste buds along a wild ride... with plenty of twists and turns. Our signature dish the "OG", is a traditional banh bao reminiscent of the food lining any Vietnamese street. The atmosphere is buzzing as old-world charm comes to life in a new age space. Feel free to sample each bao flavour as our chef concocts them throughout the day. Watch the sights and sounds of the day fly by with a fresh round of banh baos alongside a conceptualised cocktail.
Too often, authenticity and variety are lost as cuisines make their transition into the western world. While the most widely recognised Vietnamese dish, Pho is only one of a broad spectrum of recipes originating from Vietnam. In fact, the country has more varieties of noodles than anywhere else in the world. Tapas style servings make it easy to explore these new tastes and textures while also sampling old favourites. From Bun Bo Hue to Ray’s family’s very own Hu Tieu Sa Dec, regional recipes have finally made its way to London. A tradition of healthy, homegrown food breathes new life to an area just beneath the railroad tracks. Each mosaic of plates and drinks represents the very best the city has to offer.

Nothing beats a night out on the town while indulging in sophisticated Vietnamese flavours of Banh Bao Brothers. Join the action as a friendly crowd converges in one of London’s hippest districts. After a bite to eat and a few drinks, it becomes an ideal time to enjoy a refined district full of life. Don’t miss an opportunity to take it all in while exploring this distinct side of London. Take a walk through the tunnel to see art brought to life via swift sprays of a can. Hop on the train or take a riverboat cruise up the Thames or soak in a Waterloo Sunset before a world-class theatre production only a short distance away. Under the tracks, rests a one of a kind hotspot where visitors can always come to kick back.

Banh Bao Brothers is an urban oasis providing a breath of fresh air from the daily grind. Redefining urban space, the Vietnamese restaurant brings timeless recipes from beloved Madame Bay straight to the table. A love for food and grandma comes full circle as two brothers proudly serve the city authentic food from Vietnam. Much more than your average Pho spot, Banh Bao Brothers offers a range of dishes from one of the most celebrated cuisines in the world. A well-furnished environment embraces rich tradition with a modern spin. It is time to leave the average Pho haunt behind; a new generation of fresh and local Vietnamese food in London upon us. Join the Banh Bao Brothers for brunch and dinner to understand what Vietnamese food is truly about.

Cuisine: Vietnamese, Asian, Brunch, Cocktails, Diner, Locally Sourced, Modern Asian
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

Service was excellent, great food but didn’t particularly like my first glass of wine. They made it special for my boyfriends birthday which was amazing. Will definitely be back !

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Visited On Friday, 22 June 2018

Perhaps some softer music would help the atmosphere! Tasty food but the service was a little forgetful for a quiet evening

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Visited On Saturday, 16 June 2018

As it was the soft launch, I totally understand there being teething problems but it was a shame that the service was a bit chaotic - a dish was forgotten, the bill took a while to come and then our change from the bill wasn't brought back until questioned. Everyone was really friendly and nice about it though, and the food was really good :)

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Visited On Thursday, 14 June 2018

Really lovely meal in a really interesting setting

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Visited On Thursday, 14 June 2018

Amazing food! So delicious and a little too much as we were stuffed after having the tasting menus. Less impressed with cocktails (maybe stick to the classics).

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Visited On Saturday, 16 June 2018

Great Vietnamese food and a good new spot in the graffiti tunnels. However I found it very random that I was emailed about the free/food and drink dice promotion apparently offered to every table on Saturday 16th. But I asked three servers about this and nobody offered it to us and most people knew nothing about it. Very odd to tempt people in with a promotion and then not offer it to guests.

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Visited On Friday, 15 June 2018

Being Vietnamese I have been trying to find original Vietnamese banh baos since I moved to London. I was positively surprised by the food (we had the aubergine, two baos and the sticky fingers), the beautiful creative location and amazing staff. They made us feel very welcome and shared their personal preferences with us when we asked. We will definitely come back and next time go for the tasting menu as I think it’s reasonably priced for the quality of the food. Also, I loved the fact that they kept on bringing us Sriracha as we just love that sauce. At the end, we even got a taster of the sesame macaron on the house! Perfect dinner :)

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Visited On Saturday, 09 June 2018

Service was appalling. We had a timeout voucher for the tasting menu and ordered some food from the regular menu to try too but this never arrived. We would have spent so much more had our drink order arrived promptly (we watched it sat on the bar for ages) our water was never refilled, plates not cleared and yet there always seemed to be 5 or more people around the kitchen window. One of the managers apologised at the end about the slow kitchen but this was not our concern, I don’t mind waiting for food if the service is good and we are communicated with. Food was lovely but the service really ruined the evening.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Great service, cool venue and interesting food. A little expensive.

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Visited On Monday, 04 June 2018

The place was really cool, atmosphere very relaxed with the waiters and waitresses attentive but not pushy or rushing you out. The food was incredible. Every dish (we had the 6 course meal) was very tasty. The location (arches at Waterloo) is funky and perfect for a friend date.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Great meal but the restaurant was very quiet but it was a Tuesday evening. Very unique venue nonetheless and I imagine at the weekend it would be more buzzy.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 May 2018

Great decor and the banh buns are amazing.

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Visited On Friday, 01 June 2018

Fantastic team at Banh Brothers! Service with a smile and really attentive to our needs - loved the small plates but would love to see the Chicken and Mushroom croquettes come back! ;) Location is super cool and this spot it a fab new find if you're looking for something value for money and a bit different Definitely recommend!

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Visited On Friday, 01 June 2018

Really cool location and the tasting menu was excellent, we had so much food. The gluten free options/swaps need to be clearer and more available for the tasting menu. The service was excellent and we really enjoyed the evening!

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Visited On Monday, 28 May 2018

So we found this place online and checked out the lunch which was really tasty so booked dinner for the next day. I must say the food was great and the service was on point! The atmosphere was even better then what we read online, trully a special place, not like any other vietnamese reataurant weve been before. I felt like we had a full experience that left a great taste in our mouths and our bellys satisfied :). Will be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 26 May 2018

Wonderful food! What a feast of delight!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

Great staff, but sadly was not busy on the night we went Food was delicious, and i'm sure it will get busy as words spreads!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Thank you for a very fine evening at Bahn Boa - we had fun and really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. We are recommending to friends and look forward to visiting again before too long! Wishing you a very good week! Sarah

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

I came here to try the taster menu and have fallen in love with so many new things! This space is such a beautiful space and the design is perfect. Its my first time in the graffiti tunnel and i want to come every day just to see whats new now! The food was not what i was exepxting but in such a good way! That purple broth looked and tasted magnificwnt! I came out feeling satisfied and not uncomfortable just right! I even tried a few other dishes outaide the tasting menu! If you are going to have a cocktail and want to be amazed try the Jade dragon kiss! Waiters were great and my entire experience was perfect! Will be back to try the noodles!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

The waiters were profesional but very charming and funny. Food was delivious i have to highly hoghly recommend the wings! Wow can still taste it now. Booking again!!!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

The evening was great from start to finish, excellent food, attentive service and delicous sav blanc, we will definitely be going back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Friendly joint, service was prompt and great location. On the negative side the food though good enough, was only passable. It lacked the depth that Thai food with it's classical mixes of herbs and spices that done properly ought to have.

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Average over priced food with slow service

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

Really cool new restaurant with a good central London location. The menu isn't too long... which is a plus! Tasty food and amazing service - fully recommended.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Hands down the best Vietnamese I’ve had out side of Vietnam !

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