I have never had a worse roll.
Chillilime Matraville bills itself as an Aussie take on the Vietnamese banh mi. After trying 3 of their offerings after a night shift I think it’s safe to say that they should’ve let what was good just be.
In general I found their rolls very bready. The bread was thick and not light like a banh mi baguette should be, and it was neither crispy nor soft, just hard. The rolls were also very overpriced, and I paid a steep $37.49 delivered for 3 rolls.
The #2 five spice pork roll was $9.50 at base, with an extra $0.10 each to add tomato, onion, and sriracha chilli sauce, as if the first two weren’t already essential components of a banh mi. The mild flavours unfortunately got lost in the bread, which you will find is a recurring theme of food from Chillilime.
The #4 meatball roll with tomato, beetroot, carrot, chilli, coriander, onion and cucumber came to a staggering $10.20. Each of these listed ingredients attracted a $0.10 surcharge on top of the $9.50 base price.
The #10 breakfast roll was $9.50. The bacon, egg, tomato, cheese & mayo made this roll the tastiest of the bunch, but again it was let down by the sheer volume and blandness of the bread.
It would seem that the “Aussie twist” that Chillilime advertises is just being overpriced and overbreaded. Do yourself a favour and get your next banh mi from one of the many many better alternatives in the area. Hong Ha is just a couple of suburbs down.
513 Bunnerong Rd, Matraville NSW 2036
(02) 9661 6665