On offer here are bánh mì, beef pies, Nutella croissants and Vietnamese iced coffees. It’s a somewhat bewildereding combination of dishes to eat together. With wooden panelling, a miniature-herb-garden-flanked courtyard and a coffee-bar window, Nosh + looks like an inner-east alley cafe, but it’s just as much a Vietnamese bakery or French patisserie.
It’s by brother-and-sister team Sophia Ly, a fashion-industry retiree, and Phanin Trinh, a self-taught baker. His experience is no indication of his skill, though; the croissants are crisped at the wings and fluffy in the middle. A bite into one of his Danishes is like cutting into a custard-filled bread roll. Ly says everyone should try a croissant with a Vietnamese coffee (made with Black Market Roasters beans), and you should take her advice. First she says to mix the coffee with sweetened condensed milk, dip the wings of the pastry in and then pour the remainder of the drink over ice.
The bánh mìs, made with homemade pickles and plum-sauce-marinated pork shoulder, rather than the usual luncheon meats, are generously full and extremely good.