Bang Bang Vietnamese canteen opened in September just a stone’s throw away from Warren Street station. We stopped there on a workday at lunch-hour for a spot of pho and a chat with David Le, one of the founders of this busy venue. Here he tells us all about the inspiration behind Bang Bang, as well as his London food favourites.
How did you get the idea for Bang Bang Canteen?
Jimmy (Bang Bang’s co-founder) and I realised a while back that there were very few Vietnamese restaurants in the area. So we decided to open our own, focusing on fresh food and customer service. It was really important to us to create the sort of place where friends can meet for good food and fun.
What’s your favourite dish from your own menu?
I really love the beef pho. Pho means soup in Vietnamese and I love it because it’s both healthy and comforting, with its nutritious broth and tender beef slices.
What’s the best dish you’ve ever eaten in London?
I am quite a foodie myself and like trying out new and trendy restaurants. I went to newly-opened Korean/Japanese fusion restaurant Jinjuu last week and it was great! But I’m not sure I could pick just one favourite!
Where do you head to for a meal under a tenner?
I love spending time at the Borough Market. It’s always buzzing and there’s such great quality of both food and ingredients! My absolute favourite there is Borough Olives, so my ideal £10 meal would probably include loads of olives, tapenade and so on!
Where do you like to go for inspiration?
There’s something really special about London’s buzzing nightlife that I find inspiring. I’m always up for cocktails at Mr Foggs; they serve some of the best in town and the atmosphere is great!
Bang Bang Canteen, 53 Warren Street W1T 5NL -> see menu, hours, pictures and more on eet