DD Mau is a modern Vietnamese sub shop located on Pacific Boulevard in Yaletown. They have a wider variety than a traditional Vietnamese sub shop and they experiment with unique sandwich fillers. The shop is tiny with a few seats inside and outside. At lunch time it lines up out the door, however, the line moves fast.
I went with a special of the day, which was pork belly banh mi ($9). The pork belly was caramelized in coconut water and it was ultra tender and melt in your mouth delicious. The sandwich was impressively large and substantially bigger than most Vietnamese subs I’ve had. The French bread was crusty and fresh tasting.
The sandwich was filled with the typical carrot, cilantro, daikon combination, but there were also bean sprouts inside. I’m not crazy about bean sprouts, but their crunchy texture worked with the rest of the sandwich. I’m not sure if they come on all of the sandwiches or just this special one.
I had heard good things about DD Mau’s avocado smoothie ($4) and I had to try it. Their smoothies are made with fresh fruit and almond milk, which I appreciated because they are an option for people with dietary restrictions.
An avocado smoothie may sound strange, but it totally worked. The smoothie was thick, rich and creamy, and it almost had a milkshake like consistency. The avocado flavour was subtle and it was enjoyable to drink.
DD Mau is a good option to pick up a tasty sandwich. It may be more expensive than a traditional Vietnamese restaurant, however, the sandwiches are large and it’s still affordable relative to other Yaletown restaurants. I like how they are doing something a bit different and I would definitely return to try more of their subs.
Yes, for a great and unique Vietnamese sub in Yaletown.