Au Petit is a family restaurant with friendly table service. Speciallizing in Vietnamese sandwiches, but also serving rice and pho dishes.
first visit, i had to try their sandwiches after reading 'best of' in some paper. i've had vietnamese sandwiches all over the city and this place comes in second place in my opinion. if you read my other reviews, kim's saigon sandwiches on main street is still number one in the city as far as vietnamese sandwiches.
the first time i had sandwiches here at au petit was a few weeks ago, and i luckily got in without having to wait for a table. everyone in this diner must have been having one of their vietnamese sandwiches. i had number 2, which was pretty good, and the bread was sooooo fresh.
second visit, yeah, you guessed it, ran out of sandwiches at 4:30 p.m. so i had to have their pho. it was okay, i'll stick to fraser pho at fraser & 17th. but here at au petit, they do give you lots of meat balls, beef, but the broth was nothing to write about.
The line ups on weekend brunches & lunches says a lot about this tiny little restaurant tucked away on South Main.
FOOD: Authentic and homestyle Vietnamese. The food reminds me of my mom's cooking; simple, flavorful and wholesome. Stews, noodles and the Vietnamese Rice cake noodles (available only on weekends) are my favourite.
Sandwiches are great, they do better at making sure they don't run our of food/bread. Much better than some of the other Vietnamese sandwich joints (Ba Le).
After reading some of the other reviews, I tried their lemongrass chicken and it's pretty much how my mom makes it at home. It's grilled chicken with skin on and some green onion oil on top (some reviewers found it greasy but that's the way it's supposed to be).
SERVICE: It's family run. Having said that, they are quick (and courteous enough) at turning around tables. They always remember to bring you whatever you ask of them.
VALUE: Comparing to other Vietnamese restaurants, Au Petite offers excellent quality food at great prices. Sandwiches are pricier than other Vietnamese shops (Ba Le) but again, you get what you pay for.
AMBIANCE: Or lack thereof... it's cramped, restaurant should hold at most 20 diners but with people waiting and them trying to squeeze people in, it's often very tight.
@ okayisay (review below): don't assume other reviewers lack of taste or accuse them for working at the restaurant being reviewed. We're not the ones who reviewed a DQ joint with 4 stars.
Wow, i love vietnamese cuisine and this tiny place is THE place to go for vietnamese treats. My favorite dish is the savory vietnamese pudding. It's kind of like rice cakes with green bean paste sprinkled with shredded pork accompany by a light fish sauce is just fantastic. I believe is only offered during weekends??? other famous items on the menu are the vietnamese subs and the curry beef dish.
I am really disappointed with this restaurant because I decided to try it after all the good reviews. What did I get instead???
The pho I ordered came with broth that was so tasteless compared to my favourite vietnamese restaurant on main street. The lemon grass chicken was the worst I have ever had because there was so much skin and it was so greasy and had more basil than noodles that after eating it, I needed to hurl.
I guess the people that eat here and submit excellent reviews are either nontasters or they work for the restaurant.
Don't line up here for their food, it's bad... go down a few blocks to 25th and main :D
I've been to this Petit Cafe a few times and I am absolutely in love with their sandwiches! Baked fresh every day they are in high demand and often sell out closer to the end of the day so make sure you call ahead to reserve your bread! Next to the sandwiches my other favorite item is the curry chicken, yum yum yum!!!! A little squishy inside but hey with all that good food makes for a homestyle family oriented environment! Can't wait until my next visit!
I've been a regular here for years! The sandwiches that they serve are wholly authentic and inimitable! All Vietnamese people will attest to their authenticity. It's also cheaper than buying a grosss sub from say, Subway. But it is not only their sandwiches that give them their huge crowds on the weekends, their spring rolls, Hainanese chicken, and yes, pho give customers plenty to order from. Also their family style service, ensures that you are always recognized and smiled at. If you're in a hurry, just call for take out.
And remember since it is a small restaurant (~10 tables) you have to get there early to avoid line ups, and to get your hands on the sandwiches, since they inevitably sell out by ~1:30pm.
Advisable to pre-order so you don't have to wait. They're known for their special sandwiches. That's the only thing I order. Cheap and very YUMMY! Highly recommend this place. Also advisable to call as soon as it opens (10am) b/c these sandwiches sell out real quick!
The subs here are good. The meatball in the subs is especially yummy.
Other than the subs, the soup & the rice dishes (such as the Lemongrass Chicken) are good, but not outstanding.
It's also a bit more expensive than some other Vietnamese restaurants I've been to. All in all, good subs & solid food.
You can never go wrong with this place: cheap, clean, and consistent with their food to offer. I can't believe i ate there 4x last week, 2 brunches and 2 early dinners. The same crisp subs and crunchy spring rolls i got at all times. Price is very cheap and filling. Service is always ok but not spectacular where i don't expect for anything. Ambience is very modest though sometimes the deep-fryer smell gets into your clothes. My girlfriend twice told me that. Nevertheless, that wont stop me from coming back for my fresh and tasty subs (and springroll).
The vietnamese special sub is very delectable. The price may be higher than other places however. The ambience isn't all that great...due to a small restaurant. The service is not too bad when its not too busy. You have to come early because the subs run out fast during the day!
I tried Au Petit Cafe for the first time, and I must say I was very impressed with the food quality. I eat Pho all over Vancouver, and this is by far one of the best I have tried. Nice clear strong flavoured broth, fresh meats and garnishes. The service is friendly, fast and courteous. The restaurant itself is nothing to write home about decor wise, but tasty food at great value is what will make me go back for more!
This place is excellent. The best thing is the speedy service and fresh crispy homemade french bread. It's super cheap and when you get the bill, you'll think they've made a mistake. I only wish they had more seats.
Upon first moving to Vancouver we searched high and low specifically for a restaurant that rivaled the Vietnamese subs we enjoyed often at Banh Mi Thi Thi in Calgary. We believe we have found our favorite place in Vancouver for subs and in addition their menu boasts clean, fresh and delicious tasting soups, rice dishes and other tasty Vietnamese treats. The service for us has been nothing short of fantastic since day one and they enjoy us bringing in our newborn to show her off. There are times where we must wait for 10-15 minutes but we are frequent customers and know the wait is worth it. The ambiance is no better than other places but it's often busy and it does have a younger vibe to it. We highly recommend it as it's been a favorite .... located at the strip mall 33rd and Main.
I've been going to Au Petit Cafe for years and I always order the same things.
- Lemongrass chicken with flavoured rice
- curry beef stew noodles
- the large sheet noodles with fish sauce, pork, basil bean sprouts and cucumber (delicious!!!)
- banh mi
If you are looking for pho, this is the wrong place to go!
Otherwise, it's a nice family style restaurant that's a little cramped, but it adds to the charm of the place. The servers are friendly and prompt, but don't expect excellent service from this place. It's a vietnamese restaurant!
I've only had the banh mi and the pho, so I can't comment on the other food.
The sandwiches are really incredible. Very large, crispy fresh bread with good portions of meat and lots of veggies. Tastes amazing. I prefer the ones with grilled chicken over the ones with house special meatballs. The chicken subs are a dollar cheaper too.
I'd give the food rating 5 stars simply because of the sandwiches, but I didn't really like the pho. It was very mediocre. The broth tasted bland and very salty, and the pho lacked meat. Friends weren't very impressed either.
The service was okay. I wasn't impressed by anything. The owner was like a robot when I paid my bill. Just said my total and didn't say thanks.
The restaurant is very small, about the size of Bon Cafe, and it's EXTREMELY cramped. A 3-year-old could probably reach out and be able to touch the table next to you. Ambiance is very dull and decor is non-existent.
Since the restaurant is usually packed, and there are no chairs specifically for patrons waiting for take-out, you'll be forced to either stand and look around like a fool in a crowded restaurant or wait outside in the cold.
I highly recommend trying the vietnamese sandwiches here, but for take-out only.
this place is a family owned restaurant, or it seems like it. their food is GREAT. it tastes so good, especially their viet subs; never been disappointed with that. everything else is pretty good too, but i mostly go for the sandwiches. service is alright, it's really small so calling them over isn't too hard. food also comes pretty fast which is great. the ambiance isn't that great. just the same old run down looking family owned restaurant. the bad thing about this place is that it closes at 7pm. so go early