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Food & Drink Section
By Kate Springer | December 13th, 2015
  • Restaurant
  • Central, HK Island, SoHo
  • Address: G/F, 88-90 Wellington Street, Central
  • Website: http://www.bep.hk/
  • Open Hours: Monday-Sunday, Lunch, Dinner
  • Open Since : May, 2014
  • Phone: 2581-9992
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
  • Ambience: Casual

Authentic Vietnamese: There’s nothing worse than going for Asian “street food” and shelling out hundreds for skewers or fish balls. BÊP offers an authentic alternative to the pretentious SoHo dining scene with affordable food, friendly service and awesome flavors.

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The best of the BEP

Look & Feel: Holding court where Nha Trang used to be, the second branch of BÊP is spacious and filled with natural light. You can spot it from a block away, as lines during peak hours typically stretch down the cement sidewalk. The clean open space, big windows, colorful plates, light wood tables and open kitchen make for a comfortable setting in which to chow down.

On the Menu: Buckle up for a tour of Vietnam! BÊP’s menu covers everything from Vietnamese-style beef carpaccio ($98) to soft shell crab rolls ($80) and, of course, big bowls of steamy soupy pho ($60-98).  There’s a small “Street Corner” section devoted to traditional treats such as banana-leaf-wrapped sticky rice ($48), Saigon crepes ($90), and banh mi thit baguettes ($56).

Service: Pretty stellar considering they are managing the constant turnover with a smile.

Jeng: Call us basic but the satay skewers ($68-96) are divine, particularly with the warm peanut sauce that has a nice chili kick. The five-spiced pork belly ($86) is another hit, featuring tangy pickles, spicy kimchi and a slightly sweet fish sauce. Don’t leave without trying one of the six varieties of pho. You’ll be spoiled for choice. Dining with a big group? Split a few of the larger dishes — favorites include the shaken beef ($138) and crackling suckling pig ($198).

Not so Jeng: Obviously no one likes standing in line, so that’s an obvious bummer. Once you’re inside, we have to admit that it is really loud due to lousy acoustics. Our only complaint about the food is that there seems to be too much of it. Hear us out: with a menu this big it’s pretty much impossible to make choices. Be a friend, BÊP, and help your indecisive diners with a shortlist!

Great for: Casual bites, long lunches, dates and friendly gatherings.

FYI: Pair a side of the Chinese fried dough sticks with your pho and thank us later.