Dear diners, please be aware that tables booked for groups of three or less are available for 90 minutes only, or two hours for groups of four or more. Please also note that the restaurant can only hold tables for 15 minutes.
Peckham is well established as one of South London’s favourite food melting pots and it’s hard to stand out from the crowd – but in terms of genuine but cool Vietnamese food, Banh Banh Vietnamese does just that. This trendy eatery in Peckham Rye is helmed by five siblings who follow the recipes handed down by their Vietnamese grandmother (a professional chef), which goes a long way towards explaining why this is some of the most delicious and authentic Vietnamese food you’ll find anywhere.
London is certainly not lacking in Vietnamese eateries these days, but during the Vietnamese street-food revival of recent years quite a few trendy new restaurants have focused more on design and aesthetics than authentic and delicious food. Thankfully for the food-spoilt folks of Peckham they have one ticking both boxes with Banh Banh Vietnamese. Peckham Rye is a competitive area for new restaurants, but Banh Banh Vietnamese seems set up for long-term popularity because nowhere else in the area can match its stylish but casual setting, funky vibe and simple but truly exceptional food.
Banh Banh Vietnamese is run by five born-and-bred Peckham siblings guided by the hand-written recipes passed down from their Vietnamese grandmother, a chef in Saigon during the 1940s. Banh Banh dish up time-tested Vietnamese favourites like pho, papaya salad and beef in betel leaves, all of which can stand alongside the best in London. There are some signature touches at Banh Banh, though, largely using fresh local produce (like fellow Peckham Rye residents Flock + Herd, whose chicken becomes irresistible fish-sauce wings), and the house special is undoubtedly banh khot: succulent tiger prawns encased by mini savoury turmeric and coconut pancakes, topped with spring onion and shrimp dust and served with herbs and nuoc cham dipping sauce. Delicious.
We had two starters, two mains and a desert. All the food was absolutely incredible, especially for the price. The service was really good. Would definitely go back there!
The food was great and the service was also good. We had the Pancakes, pork dish and pho and they were all delicious. Definitely recommend
Delicious! Loved the chicken wings, beef in betel and aubergine! The prawn pancakes weren't as yummy as friends had said but still nice. Will go again!!
Love coming to this restaurant. Delicious food and wonderful service. Perfect place for people like me who are gluten and dairy free. I will be back again.
We were at first a bit uncertain. It felt like a canteen with bare tables, bare walls, bare light bulbs and tiled floor. But as the restaurant filled up, the atmosphere softened with the chat of contented diners. It was fun to be offered cocktails in such a setting and though expensive they were delicious: somehow neither beer nor wine seems to fit with oriental food and we were happy to drink water once we'd downed the cocktails. Choosing lots of starters we had a table full of interesting and delicious dishes, along with "greens" described as "morning glory" - was it really the plant of that name that grows in our gardens!? If you like fresh tasting food with lots of fruit and vegetables, chicken and prawns some pork and chili flavours you'll love what's on offer at Banh Banh. Not a long menu - so can't wait to go back and try the items we didn't try. Lovely service.
Very friendly and attentive staff. We (3 in our group) all liked our starters, we tried all of the small dishes (Summer rolls, spring rolls, chicken wings and beef in bettel leaves) However, we were left disappointed with the main courses which were bland (we ordered the Banh Hot Pancakes tasted of coconut cream, not all pancake dough cooked through... might be intentional, PHO Chicken - nicest of the 3 dishes but very mild and light flavour, needed hoisin to add some punch, BUN NOODLE Salad really needed a dressing for the shredded lettuce, cucumber, carrot and noodles) we were expecting so much more after reading the reviews. It may also be that we are comparing to Thai food and are not used to the very light flavours of traditional Vietnamese. Will try again in a couple of months to see if any new additions to the menu. Would really like to see this restaurant grow from strength to strength.
Brilliant food, some superb regional specialities too. If you want a proper spice kick and a flavour volcano, do not miss the BÚN BÒ HUẾ and ask for it to be done well spicy. Incredible flavours and the portion is huge. The papaya salad was incredible, do ask for it to be your level of spicy and they will tailor it for you. Extra chillis for the table, no problem. Cocktails were well thought out and well made. The service strikes the right balance and the food hits the right notes but could add just a bit more variety to the menu or do a couple of weekly/daily specials just to mix things up a bit. But overall a memorable experience.
This was our 3rd visit here (this time with my parents) and we were still not disappointed. BahnBahn is a great local place with good food, good service and a good atmosphere. Some tables and the bar reserved for walk ins. If the place looks full go in and ask as there's a 'hidden' back room too. The food is just fab; light, fresh and filling for the senses and stomach as well as not being too heavy on the pocket. Try it. I doubt you will be disappointed (unless you want a grilled steak and s creamy pud in which case try the equally excellent pubs close by.
Love The Ambience, love the food, Staff are great, The only fault i can say are there are two tables directly as you walk in the door on the right hand side, we had one of them and for a while had a constant stream of people coming in, normally it probably wouldn't matter, but it was a special occasion, so it was a bit distracting - The Price of popularity !, Next time we'll ask for another table in another area of the restaurant. Saying that we still had a great time !
This is a very light, bright restaurant with very friendly and helpful staff. We started with a lychee cocktail, which was lovely, followed by the pancakes, papaya salad, curry and beetle leaves - all of which were exceptionally fresh and tasty. I would highly recommend this restaurant with full marks for the ambience, staff and, most importantly, the food. My friend has already been back for a second visit and I intend to return soon.