We happened upon Ba Le Vietnamese in the Kona Coast Shopping Center one morning while searching for a quick bite to eat before we hit the beach. We were intrigued. The restaurant had a similar logo to the Ba Le locations in Vancouver (Kingsway, Chinatown, and Surrey) – although we’re not certain whether or not these three Canadian restaurants are owned by the same company. Ba Le Kona’s owners, however, claimed they were part of a large chain of over 40 Ba Le restaurants around the United States.
This deli/ bakery/ sandwich shop serves Vietnamese specialties at very reasonable prices. The menu comprises of tasty items such as authentic banh mi sandwiches, fragrant pho (beef noodle soup), deep-fried spring rolls and cold salad rolls, rice plates, and noodle dishes. For dessert, try their homemade coconut tapioca pudding. If you’re thirsty, they even have Bubble Tea!
This fantastic jumbo croissant sandwich included ham, cheese, pickled vegetables and fresh cilantro sprigs. The freshly baked croissant was slightly sweet and deliciously flaky. I thoroughly enjoyed this very filling croissant-wich!
They do not skimp on the banh mi toppings at Ba Le Kona. There was plenty of sliced meats, pickled daikon radish and carrots, and fresh cilantro. The freshly baked French roll had a lovely crusty outside with a soft and fluffy interior. This Vietnamese sub was packed with flavor and equally as scrumptious as banh mi at home.
If you’re craving Vietnamese food on the Big Island of Hawaii, then you should definitely check out Ba Le Kona!