Oui Melrose, started as an offshoot of Banh Oui, but has carved out its identity, dropping the “Banh” from its name. This small bakery/cafe still serves sandwiches, but instead of banh mi, you’ll find a wealth of other options on a variety of breads, like laffa, burger buns, sesame rolls and pita.
During the pandemic, there are a couple of lone tables outside for dining. While they don’t have online ordering just yet, you can call them and place an order. Their menu is surprisingly large, with sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pitas and salads.
After much agonizing, I finally chose two items. In an effort to get something that my pescatarian husband could share, I chose The Smoked Mozzarella Sandwich, instead of the Chicken Parm. This sandwich was completely decadent – fried mozzarella slices, layered with arugula pesto, with eggplant caponata and basil on a sesame roll – it made for a spectacular non-meat substitute.
In contrast, the Garlic Shrimp Laffa seemed much healthier. Filled with shrimp, it was bursting with hummus, herb tahini, fries, pickled cabbage, tomatoes and cucumbers, cilantro, herbs and adjika (which gave it a spicy kick), wrapped in their fresh, soft laffa. It was surprisingly large – roughly 10 inches in length – and quite filling.
The two sandwiches were so amazing, that I couldn’t pick a favorite. I missed out on bringing home one their pastries, which, if the bread is any indication, should be worth every calorie. I was so impressed after my first visit, that I just want to say, “Oui” to their entire menu. I bet they’ll have you speaking French, too.
Location – 6909 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Website – n/a. See their menu on their Instagram feed.
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes, they have salads and fries.