There is officially yet another lunch option available for all the Golden Triangle worker bees: Bonmi has opened its doors at 19th and I streets, a few blocks from Farragut Square. As you may have guessed from its name, this new fast-casual restaurant serves primarily Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches — including pork meatball, garlic lemongrass chicken and vegetarian options like butternut squash — plus a few salads and summer rolls. They'll also have special featured sandwiches in the future that will rotate, and everything here will be made in-house. One sort of surprising element is that this is a fast-casual restaurant that prepares all of its meats using the sous-vide technique. As an employee explains, the idea behind using sous-vide is not only because it's a healthy method of preparation, but also because "in the future it is easy to duplicate." Because, yes, the people behind Bonmi already have plans to expand.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's worth noting, too, that 20 percent of their water sales will go to the non-profit Hands on the World Global. Here's the menu:
· Bonmi [Official Site]
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