Fresh Roll


Fresh Roll – SoMaimage_2

Modern Vietnamese restaurant located right next to The Metreon. They’ve got a variety of cheap (by SF standards of course) foods as seen below on the menu (from their Facebook)

I wasn’t in the mood for Pho, but I couldn’t resist the allure of a Bahn Mi. I walked in to find the place had a rather familiar yellow and green motif everywhere. It was almost like they were endorsed by Sprite (Coca Cola Co.)! I kept my thoughts to myself and ordered a Lemongrass Pork Bahn Mi to go. It had all the standard veggies –  letimage_3tuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, cucumbers, jalapenos, and a little pineapple.

The bread was fantastic, which it should always be, considering bahn translates to bread in Vietnamese.

They put on more than a healthy order of Lemongrass Pork on the sandwich, as so it was overflowing! When someone makes a sandwich OVERFLOWING with awesome ingredients, it makes me a very happy camper.

It might be because I was starved after working, but this seemed to me like the best Bahn Mi I had in SF so far. There was just the right amount of tangyness, more pork than you could fit in a sandwich, enough jalapeno slices to make the sandwich spicy without overpowering the other flavors, and the perfect amount of cilantro (I love lots of cilantro).

It was only $7 and some change. If you want a quick + cheap bite and you’re in SOMA near the Metreon. Go grab a sandwich at Fresh Roll!Freshroll on Urbanspoonimage_1


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3 responses to “Fresh Roll

  1. Nellie

    February 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    This is one of my spots in the area for sandwiches too. Although I usually end up ordering the vermicelli bowl. Interesting about your preference for the bread. I personally like bread that is less dense and more fluffy- not a lot of SF Vietnamese sandwich shops make them like that. Wonder if that has something to do with the whole sourdough bread tradition in SF. I am also surprised that you think they have the best Vietnamese sandwiches in SF, though I think that your opinion definitely has merit. Just that a lot of people are always raging about Saigon Sandwich which I personally am not a fan of. What I like about this place is that it is clean, convenient, and central. It is not out of the way and is next to many other attractions and retail. I don’t have to brave the gutters of the Tenderloin to get a good Vietnamese sandwich. Also, like you mentioned, prices are not bad for SF. LOL at the Sprite reference.

  2. Chef Randall

    February 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Great looking sandwich. I just ate lunch. But I still want one. Great review and photography.

    Chef Randall

  3. dweinberg415

    March 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Can’t wait to try it!


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