Friday 3 December 2021

Viet Populaire's Pop-up Restaurant in Soho

Viet Populaire is a pop-up from JKS Restaurants (Bao, Gymkhana, Hoppers, Trishna and others) currently occupying 30 Rupert Street, where the Taiwanese restaurant Xu used to be.  It is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, with a good menu of big and small plates, plus their speciality, the banh mi - see pic.  It is only open til Saturday 18th December, so don't miss it.  It's perfect for a pitstop while Christmas shopping in Soho.

"VIỆT Populaire puts bánh mì centre stage, alongside iconic Hanoi dishes such as Bò Né, a hangover zapping late night delight of sizzling black pepper beef with a fried egg, beef meatball and pâté. Also featured is Chả Cá Lã Vọng, a dish of stone bass with rice noodles and dipping sauce so popular in Vietnam that an entire street, from which it takes its name (Lã Vọng), sells it. 

 VIỆT Populaire’s bánh mì (‘the bread of the people’) will use a traditional Vietnamese recipe which is light, with a crust like cracked sugar. It will be baked daily. The warm bread will be generously filled with pickles, pâté, and bright yellow butter mayo alongside cold cuts, red roast pork, lemongrass meatballs, fermented sausage and fried tofu. Each bánh mì will be finished with fresh herbs and vegetables: carrot and mooli vinegar pickle; soused chillies in Maggi; cucumber and coriander and the quintessential Vietnamese rau răm. 

The herbs and chillies featured on the menu make their way to Việt Populaire from Ryewater Nursery in Dorset, where founder Luke Farrell has a collection of Vietnamese herbs in tropical greenhouses. He also had one of the first bánh mì shops in London 11 years ago called Việt Baguette."

When - Weds-Sat until 18th December 2021

Wednesday: 6.00pm – midnight

Thursday – Saturday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm + 6.00pm – midnight

Where - 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL

Booking - via Seven Rooms


Link - Viet Populaire on Instagram

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