Stopping foot traffic in Little Lonsdale Street is cute Viet-inspired newcomer Paperboy Kitchen. Adam Milgrom quit his marketing job to train at Leith's cooking school in London before returning to run pop-ups. Now he's banging out banh mi and noodles at permanent digs. He's aiming for really delicious rather than really authentic. Braised beef banh mi comes with a shot of intensely flavoured pho to dunk into, and the Vietnamese-style iced coffee has a Melbourne accent - it's made with locally roasted beans.
Ready to feed our banh mi obsession, Ba'get has opened on Russell Street. It's owned by Duy Huynh and his family, who have owned and operated Vietnamese bakeries in Sunshine and St Albans for the past 21 years. At Ba'get you'll find traditional Vietnamese fillings such as pate, pork loaf, tofu, coriander and chilli along with meatballs, salami and ham. There's a vermicelli noodle dish as a gluten-free option and seating for 20 in the bright room, with concrete floors and woven basket lampshades. Expect a second Ba'get to open at 288 La Trobe Street in six to eight weeks.