Belfast isn’t short of restaurants but what it is short of is quality Asian food. Sure we have Zen for a proper sit down meal and Sakura is great for a friendly get together and that sushi train is the bomb, but I’m talking about no nonsense noodles with authentic taste. We tried Banh in Upper Arthur Street in Belfast after hearing so many great reviews and were not disappointed.
I loved the vibe as soon as we entered. Banh’s sub-line so to speak is ‘Asian Street Food’ and that’s the atmosphere you get as soon as you go in. Sit in or take away and seats for 1, 2 or 4, you wouldn’t feel intimidated dining alone and we were welcomed with a mix of traditional and funky artwork alongside a friendly smile.
Authentic Asian Dining Experience
As it was close to the end of the day, not all menu options were available. From reading their social media this doesn’t seem to be an infrequent thing and I suppose it’s no bad thing, they’re selling out because they’re popular and they’re popular because the food is excellent as we were about to find out.
The other half dove straight in and placed an order for Dragon Beef Banh Mi whilst I stood and pondered what I wanted. The chef then chipped in and asked what I liked then offered to make me my own dish. Why not?
We opted to share some dumplings. These were mixed meat and truly delicious.
The Main Event
Chris’ breaded wrap with steak was moist, tasty and extremely filling – I couldn’t quite place the flavour but I know I liked it. Strong in ginger and chilli, it had that little something extra that left him (and me) knowing we’ll be back again.
My noodle bowl mixed sweet pork, katsu chicken, cabbage, noodles and oodles of flavour. The portion was so big I had to ask for it to be boxed and I ate it for lunch the next day!
When I was (much) younger I worked for a Chinese take away for several years, I also have a genuine love for Asian food in general and have been lucky enough to visit various parts of Asia over the years. This stuff is what actual Asian food tastes like and it’s absolutely brilliant.
Prices for a main sit at about £6-7 and service is quick and friendly. There is also the option to bring your own which is always welcome.
I seriously recommend you try Banh out for yourself.