Bon Cafe is a tiny Vietnamese restaurant on the corner of Main and 33rd. They serve Vietnamese classics including pho, vermicelli noodle based dishes, sandwiches, etc. Accept Visa & Master card.
This is a cozy, stylishly decorated, conveniently located restaurant run by the owners who are most congenial. While the menu is somewhat limited, what they do serve is invariably excellent. The broth of their Pho soup is superb, and my wife and I find we develop a craving for it on average every 2 weeks or so! In addition to the usual variety of beef and noodle soup options, there is a cold salad with barbecued beef that is outstanding, and their Vietnamese-style sandwiches (believe it or not) are really terrific as well.
Great meal and outstanding customer service. Bon Cafe has a variety of home-made style food and portions are just right. The owner is very friendly and the place clean and cozy. Without a doubt I will stop by there again. As for value, affordable and got great food. Love this place!
Bon Cafe has excellent Pho, but not quite as good or cheap as my favourite place, Thy. But wow, the sandwiches - they are fantastic, easily the best in East Van. They pack em with lots of meat and the shredded pork in particular is to die for.
The ambience is okay. It's small, well lit and clean, but the tables are too close together and the chairs are too big. The main seating area consists of 6 four person tables placed side by side in pairs, so if it's crowded, you might be sitting next to another party.
Thanks to the reviews of this place I gave it a try. I live in Yaletown and was looking for a good pho place worth driving too. This one fits the bill. Much cleaner inside than most pho places which is why I gave it a 4 in ambiance, but don't expect anything out of the ordinary in that category for a pho place. It reminds me of back in LA because the subs are soo good. Had Pho, pasted pork vermicelli and the special sub and they were all great. Service was very friendly unlike many pho places. Will be going back for sure. Great value too because the portions are very large. Was only 18 bucks with tip for two of us. Never been to the place down the street where the line was going out the door, but I'll stick with this one as it's less cramped ;)
Like other reviewers, I love good Vietnamese lemongrass chicken and while I'm loyal to the restaurant a block away, I'm always up for trying new restaurants. So I tried the lemongrass chicken with spring rolls over vermicelli at the Bon Café this evening to see how it would compare.
Now, I have to say I was neutral going in because after all, both these restaurants are low-cost and high turnover. Exceptional ambience and high quality meat cuts are unrealistic expectations. But that said, lemongrass chicken should actually taste like lemongrass!
I don't know how the chef did it, if they were in a hurry or what happened, but I ended up with a serving of chicken that was overcooked and dry in one place yet still raw and pink inside in another. And again, I'm baffled how the majority of it was flavorless other than a bit of sugar and a lot of powdered peanut. Maybe they forgot to put these ones in the marinade? I'm also going to mention that my chicken was also incredibly fatty, or perhaps flabby is the word because it was not crisp and grilled but rather flabby, soggy and without flavor. But I'm of the school that traditional Vietnamese lemongrass chicken has to be somewhat fatty because that's where the flavor is. Or should I say, is supposed to be.
Were it not for the spring rolls which were okay but fried in very old oil, I would have given the restaurant a food rating of poor.
Service was adequate and friendly and nothing more than what you would expect for this type of establishment. The server was occupied because family came to visit and I found it amusing that after waiting 15 minutes, I was finally offered a cup of tea literally 30 seconds before my take-out order was ready to go.
If I were to go back, I would never order the same dish and I would probably try one of the pho’s instead. I would also take care of that any meat I was served was sufficiently cooked.
I've visited Bon Cafe several times over the past two months.
I order the house special pho dac biet every time. A large costs $6.50, and the bowl is actually LARGE. The broth itself is probably the best I've had in Vancouver. It has a very "beefy" taste to it with just the right amount of saltiness. Would like just a tad more noodles though.
The vietnamese sandwiches are delicious! They taste pretty similar to the neighbouring Au Petite Cafe's much acclaimed sandwiches, except the bread isn't as crispy and there's less meat. Then again, Bon Cafe's subs are cheaper at $3.25 for eat-in and $3 for take-out.
A friend once ordered the pork chop with rice and vermicelli, and he enjoyed it.
Spring rolls are tiny and nothing special.
Service is friendly and prompt; food comes pretty quick. Haven't had any misplaced orders yet. One time when I ordered take out, however, the server didn't offer a cup of tea. Not that I was parched or anything, but a cup of tea isn't expensive at all and it'd definitely be a kind gesture for the patron while they waited.
The restaurant is very small and cramped. It has a very modest ambiance with the white walls, but it's brightly lit and relatively clean.
If you happen to be in the Main St/Riley Park area and craving for some pho or a good, inexpensive meal, Bon Cafe should suit your needs well.
This place is a pleasant and friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Unlike other Vietnamese restaurants I have been to, this place is personally managed by the owners, which results in exceptionally friendly service. The phở here is absolutely delectable. The broth here is what distinguishes this place above others. It is made with real beef bones and the resulting taste is satisfying, unlike the artificial taste of the general phở restaurants. The price is also very reasonable for its content. I would highly recommend any phở lovers to come here for a taste. In addition to this, their bubble teas are also unique. The tapioca pearls are cooked to an ideal pliancy. I come here several times a month with my family for Vietnamese food. Overall, a very pleasing experience.