This amazing bakery is the most authentic and tastiest among all cafes serving specialising in Vietnamese subs. The cafe has recently undergone a facelift, with new paint on the walls and new chairs, though the atmosphere is still created by the Vietnamese folk who frequent this cafe for lively conversation, or to play cards or Chinese chess. The servers barely speak English, adding to the authentic atmosphere. One might as well be in Vietnam!
The subs are made with amazing French-style Vietnamese baguettes - light and fluffy inside with a crunchy crust. The pate is second to none in taste and not too salty. The carrots and daikon are pickled to perfection, and the fillings, including mixed Vietnamese cold cuts (the ubiquitous Paris Special), crushed pork meat balls, bbq pork, among others, are very tasty indeed.
The iced coffee with condensed milk is the best I've had in Vancouver - the most similar to what I had in Vietnam.
Recent competition across the street (The Red Pagoda) has resulted in delightful additions to the menu, including new sandwiches and pho (not on the menu).
I have been eating here for five years and the food has remained consistent throughout that time. I must say that the sandwiches are even tastier than the ones I had in Vietnam.
Even better than the taste of the food is its value for money. Today, my husband and I had three sub sandwiches and two iced coffees for $17.50! Prices have gone up slightly over time, but are still amazingly affordable.
Though there are lots of tables, there is no table service. One must order one's food at the counter and pay up front. This is once again an authentic Vietnamese experience, as all food and drink stalls there operate in this way.
Try Paris Bakery Cafe - you won't be disappointed by the food, prices or the characters who run and frequent the place. A little taste of Vietnam!