Saturday, September 24, 2011

Opening: BONMi

BONMi, a Vietnamese sandwich and salad shop, is opening in October at 900 19th Street, NW.   BONMi will feature traditional Vietnamese sandwiches called bánh mì, as well as an assortment of summer rolls and innovative salads.  Local businesses can enjoy BONMi at the office, as they will offer catering for meetings and events for groups of all sizes.  Each menu item will be crafted, in-house from scratch, using high quality natural products with a focus on healthfulness and flavor. 

Gourmet bánh mì sandwiches, the core of the menu, are served on a crisp Vietnamese baguette with house-made pickled carrots and daikon radish, cucumber, cilantro and chili-lime mayonnaise.  Each sandwich is made with a protein that has been marinated for hours.  Offerings include the signature BONMi chicken, garlic lemongrass chicken, five-spice chicken, pork meatball, garlic black pepper pork and the BONMi brisket. Vegetarians can choose from chile-garlic tofu or butternut squash.    Sandwiches are priced from $6 to $7.50.

BONMi will also offer customizable salad options.  Each salad is made with mixed greens, pickled vegetables, fresh herbs and a choice of BONMi Chicken, Butternut Squash or Chile-garlic Tofu.  BONMi salads will take on a unique flavor with dressing options such as citrus chipotle, pineapple Caesar, or sesame citrus.  Guests will enjoy the house special, Kickshaw Salad made with vermicelli noodles, cabbage, fresh herbs, cucumbers, bean sprouts, pickled vegetables and blended with a peanut dressing.  Salads are priced from $6.50.

Traditional Vietnamese summer rolls are also a healthy snack for those on the run.  Each delectable bite is made with soft rice paper, julienne vegetables, fresh herbs and vermicelli noodles and served with a hoisin or peanut dipping sauce.  Fillings include BONMi chicken and butternut squash and summer rolls are offered for $2.50 each.

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