Miami’s leading man in Mexican cuisine, Chef Scott Linquist is bringing new flavors the Magic City has never seen before. Les Banh-Amis (playing on a French term meaning good friends) will be one of the seven stalls opening inside the new Asian food hall, 1-800-Lucky. This will be Miami’s first Vietnamese Deli paying tribute to classic Vietnam cuisine – especially banh-mi. Les Banh Amis will be the first Vietnamese concept and passion project from Chef Scott as it’s something he has dreamed of since his visit to South East Asia.
Throughout the recent years, Linquist has become notorious for his creative tacos at COYO Taco receiving “Best Tacos” from countless publications including Food and Wine, Zagat and Eater. His last project, OLLA was also named “Best Restaurant in South Beach” by Miami New Times. Even though Chef Scott is mostly known for his Mexican cuisine, Vietnamese culture has always had a special place in his heart.
He said, “I spent majority of my career traveling in Mexico learning to love bold, fresh and spicy flavors and when I traveled to Vietnam and South East Asia it only made sense that I would fall in love with their food culture.” Chef Scott also added, “Not only is there a need for a great sandwich shop in Miami, there is a huge demand for genuine Asian food and more importantly there are very few authentic representations of Vietnamese cuisine in South Florida.”
In order to create the best version of banh-mi, Chef Scott is preparing everything from the scratch including hoisin sauce, fermented chili paste, mayonnaise, pickles and a dipping condiment called, Nước chấm. He will also be making homemade liver pate, headcheese and cured pork loin for the perfect fillings and cooking some of the meats on a robata grill. The only items that will not be prepared by Chef Scott are bread and sausage. The 1-800-Lucky outpost is proud to be working with the latest Miami location of New York’s Sullivan Street Bakery, founded by James Beard Award winning baker, Jim Lahey and local butcher shop, Proper Sausages who created a special duck and Vietnamese inspired sausage exclusively for Les Banh Amis.
During the first opening phase, the shop will only offer sandwiches, bowls, Vietnamese iced coffee and a traditional comforting noodle soup called, pho on the weekends. Guests will be able to choose between the below sandwich or salad and add on proteins like homemade cold-cuts, barbecued pork loin and belly, Vietnamese meatballs, grilled tofu and vegetables and more.
· Sandwiches: served on Sullivan Street Bakery bread with Vietnamese pickles, sliced cucumber, jalapeno, mint, cilantro, homemade mayo, maggi vinaigrette, optional: hoisin sauce and fermented chili sauce
· Bowls: prepared with organic baby lettuce, papaya, rice vermicelli noodles, Vietnamese pickles, fresh herbs, cucumber, jalapeno and sesame ginger vinaigrette
In weeks to come, Chef Scott will add dishes like green papaya salad, summer rolls and Vietnamese inspired desserts like corn pudding and sesame balls with sweet black bean paste.
Les Bahn Amis is a quick-service concept that sits 12 ft. by 12 ft. inside 1-800-Lucky that will surround a robata grill. Sandwiches will range between $9 – $12 and can be enjoyed inside the market or on-the-go with delivery services soon to come. The Vietnamese deli will open on November 28th from 5 PM – 3 AM every day with lunch service to launch shortly.