Joyeaux Cafe serves Western breakfast and Asian cuisine.
So call me skeptical, but over the years, I've come to the conclusion that better Vietnamese food is always found in the suburbs, at no-frills, family-run type joints. What a pleasant surprise today as we came to Joyeaux for lunch.
The cafe is super busy (at least at lunch time when I was there) and if it's your first time, you'll learn the system fairly quickly: Choose a table and place a RESERVED sign on it, then order / pay for your food from the counter. Ala Bread Garden, you take a number sign and place it on your table, where they will bring the food to you. There is also a server on hand to guide you through the process or point out empty tables.
The food was fairly good. While not the best or completely authentic, it definitely wasn't "Westernized" either.
I tried the vermicelli (they have thick noodles, not the thin ones! yum!) with grilled meat and shredded pork. Not bad at all. The price was reasonable and on par with other Vietnamese restaurants. Water is free.
Will be back for lunch as I work fairly close to the area.
Food: had the chicken ball noodle soup and it was quite good but it was missing that plate of bean sprouts and basil - just a few sprigs of basil would've made the whole difference. Noodles were thin, which I wasn't used to, and broth was quite refreshing, not as thick and msg-tasting as most places. Overall, I was quite satisfied. I think there were much more options than most Viet places and healthier options so that was nice.
Service: Quick and dirty. They seat you, bring your food to you and clear your plates and that's it - great as it was perfect for the power lunch.
Value: A little more expensive than most Vietnamese places but it's also downtown so quite reasonable.
Ambiance: Great cafe feel, with the specials written on the blackboard. Clean as far as I can tell. The only problem was that it was PACKED - felt like sardines in a can.
Overall, I would come back for the power lunch if I were downtown but I wouldn't travel out of my way to come here. Bon appetite!
This would appear to be a family run business.
From the outside looking in, it would appear to be a soup & sandwich place with an all-day breakfast. And it is. But their forte seems to be vietnamese cuisine and the customers seem to know this as well, since 90% of the customers are ordering the pho, or the lemon grass pork on rice, etc
I've sampled the pho and the lunch special stir fry and both are quite solid. Tasty and fresh.
Given the cafeteria style format, the servers do a respectable job and fairly quick.
It's extremely busy during lunch hour, so be prepared to wait, or visit outside of the noon-to-one-oclock stretch.
I stumbled onto this cafe ages ago. I drop by here if I am in the area and have some time.
It reminds me of a cafe in Paris, even though it's Vietnamese, the ambiance is French. Not surprising as Vietnam was a French colony.
Shamefully I haven't tried the food here, but I love their small cappucino for $1.50. It's the proper small serving size common in Italy. It reminds me of my vacation to Italy where each morning I would start with a leisurely cappucino at a cafe.
A refreshing, unpretentious spot downtown, that is a good value.
Me: Chicken Vietnamese Sub No mayo.
Server : OK. You on a diet?
Me: Ha, no. I don't eat mayo.
Server: Please go wait by the front.
I go and wait by the front, and watch them prepare a sub... Bun is cut open, mayo is slathered on.
They bring me the sub, and I ask is there no mayo on this? It looks like there is. I go back and talk to the lady who made it and she says no mayo. I say, are you sure, I saw you put what looks like mayo on it. No mayo, it's dry. I said, are you sure, I can't eat mayo due to food allergies. She changes her tune, I did put a bit of mayo on then realized you said no.
Thanks for lying. I made the request pretty specifically and the order taker definitely heard me.
The sub was good and I enjoyed the taste, but I won't be back due to them lying.
I started going to this place after my friend recommended it for lunch. It is definitely my favorite Vietnamese restaurant! The Grill pork & shrimp ball w/vermicelli is an absolute delight for under 10 dollars including tax. This is a definitely a great little place to have lunch with your friends.
This place is always busy during lunch time, because why would you go to the food court when you can get great food for the same price here?
I've tried various dishes at this restaurant and I have never been disappointed. You order and pay at the cash, receive an order number, and your food is served fresh to your table. It is a must try!
There were originally located at W. Pender opposite of the tax office, but I didn't like the food back then. After they've moved, their food taste really good all of a sudden. My favourite is their beef brisket noodle, the soup base is Really tasty, and the brisket is Really soft. However this place is Always packed in the lunch time, even though they accept reservation, but other customer would "misplaced" the reserved sign without anyone else notice...It's a cafeteria style restaurant, order the food, take a number and grab a seat, so the best strategy would be go with your friend.
I am avery difficult person in term of selecting the food and place to eat. I stopped by this restaurant and tried out the foods one day while shopping in down town. I do not want to make long comment about this place but say only one thing: " Good foods and good prices."