Clean and bright, this Vietnamese sandwich shop has a focused selection of tasty offerings sandwiched between two crusty rolls of bread. You will find your pupils and nostrils widen as you watch the sandwich maker first slather on some pork pate on one side of the bread, place some slices of vietnamese ham and deli meat, pickled carrots and radishes, cilantro, and a hot pepper to finish. Then, wrapped in wax paper. Simple, but sumptuous. Another location at 21-701 Kingsway.
Went here during the weekend as I've heard about their great sandwiches. A hole in the wall place in Chinatown, but expected it. An older couple runs the place and there were about 5 sandwich choices. Saw all the french bread and I knew it was going to be good. Had the cold cuts and the bread was nice and fresh. Average amount of meat, good veggies and sauces. Overall, a great meal for $2.75.
On a recent subconscious binge, this is my 3rd straight day of having a Vietnamese sub, and Ba Le was next on the list. This location has been here for years though my first time here for their subs. All their banhs are $2.75, and the choices are basic and require only reheating the meat. I ordered the shreadded chicken and meatloaf. Sandwiches are made to order though they always tend to have ready made ones available, likely for larger orders. The meatloaf was the victor over the banal shreadded quacker, which had a bigger shmear of butter. Fresh, roughly shreadded pickled veggies, though they do put onions in them. The bread isn't quite as good as the other sandwich shops but meets all the criterion.
Mom and pop run show, and there is usually an elderly woman sitting at the back chatting with them. The pop tends to run the till as well as he seems to be the approachable of the duo. The surroundings are minimal, mostly takeout, but you can dine in with the few seats available.
The value is outstanding for these sandwiches, though I can't understand why I can't bring myself to give 5 stars to the other places. This outfit is a solid 4 as there are lots of places around town to get better banh mi, but this place is by no means second string.
The sandwiches here are even cheaper than the other Ba Le shop on Fraser/Kingsway. I think the special "cold cut" sandwich which is pretty much the same as a #5 at the other place is only $2.75 rather than $3.25. This is ridiculously cheap if you think about it.
It was my first time in here today. The place was clean and they already had a bunch of cold cut sandwiches pre-prepared so I was in and out in about 30 seconds. If you want them to make it for you, I am pretty sure if you ask for something different such as extra peppers or no onions, they would make it fresh.
This is not really a place to sit and eat your sandwich but it is an option unlike the other Ba Le. The sandwich was pretty much the same although it had onions in it which I don't think the other place puts in theirs and I could do without. The bread was not quite as fresh as I would have liked but overall it was good. And who can complain for $2.75?
I've been going to Be Le Chinatown since I was 12 years old and it never ever disappoints. I can buy several sandwiches, take them home, toast them up again and it's still amazingly delicious! I can't really differentiate the menu names cuz it's all in Vietnamese, but anything with ham and jalapenos is awesome! I think there's also one with a combination of all sorts of meat that is great too. I love the pickled carrots it comes with - mmm, soo good! But yea, not a place to eat in. Just take it to go and you'll keep going back for more! =)
Food: DELICIOUS sandwiches...made fresh on the spot!
Service: The sandwiches were made in a short period of time, and we were served really quickly.
Value: REALLY cheap
Ambiance: Really really run down..I wouldn't want to eat in there...I also worry about the refridgeration of the food (ingredients that are put into the sandwiches)...doesn't look quite that sanitary
Nice place to go when I'm in the area. Appears as though it's family run. The sandwiches are consistently good. One may want to be aware of the handling of money and the making of sandwiches but for the most part it's a clean act.
There is parking next to this sandwich shop which is on the outskirts of Chinatown.
I'm not going to complain or criticize Ba Le. How can you when you can have a quick, basic lunch for two for under $6! We both had the shredded pork for $2.75 - the banh mi are fresh but the bread was tasteless and the sandwich was generally meh, flavour wise. Service is friendly and there are a couple of tables. Most customers were grabbing take out while we were there.
This sandwich shop is pretty good. The subs aren't as great as the Kingsway and Fraser location, but still pretty good if you're in the Chinatown area. The desserts are a must try! They may not look very appetizing, but they sure TASTE great.
Ask for extra veggies if you like the insides of the subs. It's at no extra charge.
Whenever I'm in the neighbourhood and there is not a lot of money in my pockets...I come here for a quick and tasty Vietnamese sandwich or two. The place is a little hole in the wall with very limited seating..but its more of a take out joint. My favs are the cold cut or the meat loaf. The French bread is always crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. If you need to kick it up a notch...ask for hot peppers to be included. Price?? Under $3 bucks each...how do you beat that deal??
This place is such a good deal,a really good spot to grab lunch in a hurry for less than a fiver.The cold cut combo is the best.Tried the meatball sub once,not so good.The bread is always really crisp.The husband/wife duo that run this place are nice and helpful explaining what some of the more unknown items are.
While working in Chinatown for a whole summer the previous year, I couldn't go on for a week without these sandwiches. Everyone knew I was totally addicted. I'm not the only one! There's something about these fresh, tasty subs that make you want to go back for yet another one.
The owners aren't the friendliest people in the world. But that's okay. The love is in the sandwiches. And always bring cash....
I go to this viet sub place all the time for lunch. It's the best $5 meal you can get since food downtown sucks. I recommend ordering the 'special' for $2.5 since it beats any of the $2 subs hands down. Avoid their meatball sub - that was horrible.
back in my highschool days, we would always skip class to go for a nammer sandwich or a bowl of pho. Bal Le has the best french bread and uses real ingredients. buuut, I think there's probably some MSG in the sauce or meat that's making me really sleepy after having the sub, any nammer sub actually...
BTW, I'm the werido that like to eat it with a glass of milk! go figure ;)
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