Banh mi and sweet potato lattes com­ing to the An­nex

New café of­fers au­then­tic street food and raises money for cof­fee farm­ers in Viet­nam

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Hus­band and wife duo Tri Ngo and Hang Vu are bring­ing au­then­tic Viet­namese fare and cof­fee to the An­nex in the form of Rus­tle & Still Café. The café will recre­ate the kinds of street food pop­u­lar on their home turf of Ho Chi Minh City in Viet­nam. It will of­fer banh mi, goi cuon (rice pa­per spring rolls) and other snacks in a mod­ern space teem­ing with green­ery. The two are set to open their doors this month, but first, they shared a bit about the café with Post City.

Why open a Viet­namese café?

We want to pay homage to where we come from. We’ve been here for 10 plus years, and when we tried to search for Viet­namese food in the city, we found there were re­ally only Pho restau­rants.

What’s the story be­hind the wraps with a news­pa­per mo­tif?

When we think about street food, its ac­ces­si­ble and ca­sual. Lo­cal news­pa­pers or ba­nana leaf was a con­ve­nient and cheap way to serve street food in Viet­nam. It’s be­come a cus­tom for us. Ev­ery morn­ing we would go to school and take a quick wrap of banh mi. We want to repli­cate that kind of ex­pe­ri­ence.

What’s great about your cof­fee?

Viet­nam is ac­tu­ally the se­cond largest ex­porter of cof­fee. But not a lot of peo­ple know that. Most of the cof­fee beans here in Canada come from Brazil and Costa Rica. We fo­cus on espresso-based and spe­cialty drinks like matcha latte, ho­jicha latte and sweet potato latte. We also work di­rectly with our cof­fee farm­ers through a not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Fi­lan­thrope. On Jan. 31 there was a fire that de­stroyed this year’s har­vest, so we’re rais­ing money to sup­port them.

Why open at Bloor & Bathurst?

We’re ac­tu­ally in Kore­atown, and we found a lot of our cus­tomers are either stu­dents or more geared to­ward Asian food. It’s just the per­fect spot for us (605 Bloor St. W., 647-350-8893).

L–R: Rus­tle & Still Café own­ers Tri Ngo and Hang Vu

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