Y & Y Restaurant
Bánh mì, the classic Vietnamese sandwich is not uncommon in San Francisco, but for richness and restraint tiny Y&Y in the Inner Richmond may be your best bet. With Bánh mì its not the size of the roll or even the volume of the filling that counts but rather the poise of the proportions. The art here is to have each blissful bite combine just the right mix of sweet, fatty, smoky five-spice infused chicken, crispy baguette, cool cucumbers, and sweetly-heated pickled carrot salad.
To make things still more interesting, the Chicken Pho here is also exceptional, with a pure and bone-rich chicken stock that is home to generous portion of either plain or five-spice flavored chicken. Herein you will add your own assortment of crispy bean sprouts, sawtooth or thai basil leaves, and various sweet and peppery condiments including the aforementioned pickled carrot salad. The staff here is quick and attentive and the little restaurant is always impeccably clean.