Au Petit is a family restaurant with friendly table service. Speciallizing in Vietnamese sandwiches, but also serving rice and pho dishes.
We've been to this restaurant many times, but just to order sandwiches and never took note of anything else. So we decided to sit in and try out other dishes, and as we came in and sat down to a table the owner's son wave us to another table. The table he wanted us to sit at was a table that he was recently using ( the restaurant was kinda empty at the time ). He insisted that we sat in that table in the corner not the empty one. We thought it was kinda rude and weird. We decided not to eat there and just wait for our sandwiches and go. During that time we saw the owner's son who was serving everyone wiped his nose and picked his teeth while handing everyone their dishes. Thank God our sandwiches were already in bags!!!
The Sandwiches are amazing! Eventhough they go through them like HOT CAKES especially in the summer its totally worth ordering them in advanced. They are filled with a high descent amount of filling especially the chicken one which has chicken, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and the pickled daikon and white carrots ITS AMAZING! totally worth the drive if you live far away!
Really inexpensive, good Vietnamese cuisine in Vancouver. I went to check them out the other day and wondered what took me so long! I had heard a lot about their bahn mi sandwiches and couldn't resist not trying them (I love Vietnamese and Thai food). Besides their sandwiches, they also have amazing mains. The ones with the bread, like Banh Mi Xiu Mai Dia, are really good. Unlike other Vietnanmese or Asian places, there are not many things for vegetarians to order, which can be a bit of a downer.
The place gets crowded really quickly due to its size (the place is super tiny) so if you plan on coming here, make sure its a near to solo trip! Some other things to take into consideration is that they only take cash and close super early (7 pm).
I eat the subs here on recommendations of others, and they are always packed with lots of great filling. But they sure run out quickly, aren’t they prepared after all these years to order more for the demand? Do they order less to run out early in the day on purpose? Spring rolls are also tasty. Service is attentive and efficient, but understandably rushed. Just wish they would buy some more bread.
As others have said, their sandwiches sell out way too quickly! They're so good - they could have a supply for three times as many as they currently make, and still sell out. Awesome, especially for a weekend "brunch". Also, their Vietnamese coffee (cold with condensed milk) is so good.
There's sometimes a line, and sometimes they'll make you share a table with strangers, but it's worth it for a sandwich and usually a meal under $5! Just incredible.
The sandwiches were INCREDIBLE. Friendly service, and they really try to satisfy their customers. However, sandwiches SELL OUT FAST so go early! I'll always return for the sandwiches. I've yet to try the food, but I hope to soon.
Just discovered this site and have been on vacation for 1.5 weeks and have had a lot of lunches out.
The chicken subs were wonderful on my Monday visit. (Yes, I had two at $3.00 each--what a steal.) The bread was crisp. The chef did not skimp on the peppers. Fresh cilantro! A bit more chicken would have been nice but for $3.00 can one quibble?
The decor is not outstanding. The tea is hot and the servers are always available to be called over for a refill. I have attended after 1:00 on the weekends and been told that they were out of bread so I usually visit around 11:00.
Haven't tried their famous sandwiches so I can't comment on these.
We had their spring rolls and lemon grass chicken on noodles. Spring rolls were delicious. Crispy on the outside, hot and chewy inside. Lemon grass chicken was a major disappointment. There was more fat than meat. I prefer the lemon grass chicken at Bon Cafe just down the street.
Service was very good. Attentive, although a little forgetful.
Next time I'll have to try the sandwiches to see what all the hoopla is about.
Yes -- the best Sandwich in town is at Au Petit Cafe! While all of their sandwich offerings are good, nothings stands next to their famous Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich with a creamy, savoury pork-based meatball as its filling and fresh cilantro, carrots, etc. Their curry brisket beef is also second to none especially with their tantalizing bread. I also enjoy their uniquely flavored Wonton soup. Order early cause they often sell-out of subs before noon on most days, and the tiny restaurant usually has a 10-20 minute wait @ lunchtime.
I have always eaten their subs and they were excellent! One time, I wanted to try their pho and it was pretty average and not too savery, but at least there was little or no msg. Now I just stick with their subs, their spring rolls, and their rice dishes.
Even with the price increases the subs are a bargain. Meat in the subs are homemade and tasty. Bread is pretty fresh but not baked on site. Curry beef over rice is good-beef is tender and the curry tasty.
The beef pho is average and on the salty side.
Always busy so must go there early.
Since I had Au Petit Cafe's sandwich, I'm in love with this place.
The baguette is crisp, and their home made meatballs are moist and delicious.
Their Pho is good too, so I would get both, and it still won't hurt my wallet at all!
The service is good, though you might wait in the line when it's busy.
Sandwich might be sold out after the lunch time, since it's so popular!
Staff was very courteous (but not too much), and made me feel at home.
The value is outstanding! Can't beat this.
The place is truly petite, and nothing fancy, but well air conditioned and cleaner than most Vietnamese restaurants.
Be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes for a table! I recommend phoning for takeout before 12pm...and this only applies to their tasty vietnamese subs, usually sold out by 1pm onwards. It's everything you want in a sub in terms of freshness, flavor crispy bread with soft cetre...pretty fantastic. You will not get it this good anywhere else in Vancouver, trust me. It does cost a bit more, maybe a 50-75 cents more per sub. If you ask really nice, they might allow you to pick up sub orders later in the day but you have to order in the morning and basically be regular / recognizable customer.
The rest of their menu (pho, curry, lemongrass chicken, etc.) are so-so and rather bland, and their portions on the skimpy side in comparison to other vietnamese restaurants. Feeling rather thirsty afterwards? Probably lots of MSG, which does NOT improve on the food's blandness.
I personally think they should probably just stick to selling subs, vietnamese coffees and maybe their spring rolls all day long and just scrap the rest of their menu. I heard the problem is they can't order enough of this bread from this special bakery...that's why they can't sell all day long subs, and ordering from a less than fabulous bakery will scale down the product a bit.
The place is a tiny 10 tables, ambiance best described as grandma's filipino / asian kitchen from the '80s and the service is always playing catch up so you will not get much eye contact (they know you're waving at them...they're just too busy to make it over to you right now).
Go there...for takeout subs only! Sit down to eat if you have at least 1.5-2 hours to spare.
I love coming here for the vietnamese subs. The bread is so fresh and the ingredients are spot-on. Best of all, it's super cheap. I've also had the curries and it's rich and tasty. It comes with baguette which is perfect for dipping.
The only problem is that it can get really busy around lunchtime, but the turnover is pretty good and the staff is efficient. Definitely worth the wait.
So finally got my hands on one of these subs after going to this place and being told that they're sold out (after 2pm). It was good for what it was and perhaps it was all the hype and the anticipation but i wasn't wowed. Next time if its after 2pm i would happily go down to Bon Cafe to pick one up. Can't comment on service, value, and ambiance b/c someone picked one up for me and i didnt pay but yet i have to fill in all fields =)
I love the food at Au Petit. My favourites are the subs and the curry chicken rice noodle and of course the weekend special. My g/f loves the Hai nam chicken with rice. The service is decent and the value is fair. Ambiance is nothing special (they did do a renovation about 2 years ago). I go there about once a week. I would recommend this restaurant for their great food.
This place is great food and value. I usually come here for the yummy subs, however the last time we were there, we were told that the chef was away in vietnam so we wouldn't be able to get any of the subs. So we decided to try their curry chicken with bread, beef brisket with noodles, and a vietnamese spring roll. The vietnamese spring roll came first and was deliciously prepared with tons of flavour, hot on the inside and crispy on the outside. The curry chicken was also delish, the amount of chicken was on the small side, but the sauce was amazing. The dish also comes with a french bread which is made fresh in house, and it was so soft and fresh that we had to order another piece of bread to sop up the delicious curry sauce. The beef noodle soup was also very tasty, with a lot of beef brisket and tendons, and carrots. The broth itself was also very tasty. By the end of the meal, the 2 of us were happily full. Only downside of the place is that its small and we had to wait about 20 min for a table.
I LOVE their sandwiches! So delicious! I've tried their curry with vermicelli.. and it wasn't that great. Only their sandwiches have me coming back to their place. It's a really small and cramp place and hard to find parking. Busy, busy, busy during the weekends and sometimes their sandwiches runs out even before it's noon!
This restaurant is really unassuming and inexpensive. Their sandwiches are great, but I have to agree with previous posters, they run out way too quickly, and I am frequently disappointed. This was my American boyfriend's first exposure to Vietnamese food, and he said that the chicken and mushroom soup was the best he had ever eaten in his life.
I try to go there quite often, but it's usually very busy, so I often don't get to eat there. I'm going to keep trying though.
if i were on death's door and had to choose one item to eat, it would be an au petit vietnamese sandwich. my personal favourite is the number 2 which comes stuffed with vietnamese ham (cha), their house rolled pork, pate, mayo and fresh cilantro, cucumber, green onions, gingered carrots and optional jalapenos. it is the perfect combination of creamy, tangy, crsipy, and soft. the service is haphazard but the food is worth the cramped quarters, line ups and indifferent service. best tip: order ahead and take out. iced coffees are divine too. no other vietnamese sandwich will do.