Le Petit Saigon serves a menu of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
If you like Vietnamese food, you may know of a speciality called "Beef 7 Ways" which is literally seven courses of beef - everything from congee to salad to grilled items. Petit Saigon only serves it three ways, but it's still worth the trip. The food was tasty, with large (really large) portions. The server suggests one order to be split by two people, but you can easily feed three hungry people with the portion size. We started with the hotpot where slices of raw beef are dipped into the boiling broth, and wrapped in a rice paper roll with vermicelli and veggies. This course is then followed by two types of grilled beef which you can also wrap or eat as is. I thought the grilled beef was a tad salty but still very tasty. I like the fact that the veggie plate featured a wide variety of mints and herbs, normally not found in most pho places. I'm not even sure of the names for most of the herbs but it speaks to the authenticity of the restaurant. The lime soda was also very refreshing, not too sweet and a good choice on a hot summer's day.
The ambiance is just what's expected - minimal, but cleaner than your average pho joint in East Vancouver.
Good value - Two orders of the above meal served four people, included a small leftover bag to go, and still cost under 70 bucks, taxes and tips in.
I have spent a lot of time here with friends enjoying copious amounts of piping hot pho with noodles, spring rolls, salad rolls, and, at times, grilled meats. I have always found it to be fresh, and the servers smiling and very thankful for any tips. Go here if you would like some of that comfort food - hot soup and noodles, iced coffee, spring rolls and all for amazing value.
Rainy Friday afternoon perfect scenerio for a bowl of noodles. Read excellent reviews and made a beeline from Burnaby. Good move, soup noodles were very large portions and cheap. Never been to Viet Nam or Indo-China but I expect this is the exact kind of restaurant I would find there. Very clean and comfortable. Great service and another big plus was everyone there spoke English. Everytime you said thank you you got back a you're welcome. kind of refreshingly different from those slap in on the table places. Small parking lot in the back.
It really was cheaper eating here than to make dinner at home. For a small grilled chicken pho, grilled chicken dry egg noodle and a spring roll came out to less than $14.
My small pho was really large. Add the bean sprouts to it, and I couldn't finish it. The grilled chicken was nice and flavorful, but I really hate grilled chicken skin floating in my soupy pho. The other noodle dish was also reported good. The spring roll came nice and hot, but it was really small, IMO.
The restaurant looked clean, and they had a nice flat panel tv playing the food network. It was a nice touch which I thought made everyone (asian or non) feel welcome! The bunch of eating utensils looked and felt clean also.
It's always a pleasant surprise to encounter good service at asian restaurants, this one was shocking!! Everyone there was super nice to us.
Cheap eats + good food + great service = repeat customer.
On a rainy Vancouver evening I went here with my beloved spouse because we craved hearty pho. We both had a decent meal. I had a big bowl of pho with beef flank and noodles, and Mrs. Chasiubow had 3 kinds of beef (tendon, flank and brisket). The noodles were tasty and properly prepared and the broth was a little bland, but had no MSG. The beef was good and tender (except maybe the tendon). We also had spring rolls and they were well-prepared and not greasy.
The service was good, and the place was clean (even the w/c). I won't say I was blown away, but it was good. I agree with the previous reviewer that Bao Chau has better pho, but this place is a lot cleaner.
It's kind of a sketchy area, so if you're going to something at the PNE or if you're in the area this is a good little restaurant to go to. The Vietnamese food is good if unremarkable. Portions are large, and it is very inexpensive. We shared a plate of spring rolls, and had two large entrees. They supply the tea. Total bill with tip $28.
Staff is friendly. The restaurant and the restrooms are clean. Really a nice little neighbourhood restaurant.
I went here with my daughter and her friend. It was a cold and wet day. We ordered the large bowl of noodles and soup ($5.50) and three spring rolls ($2 each). All I can say is, the broth was the best tasting soup I've ever had!! It had wonderful flavours. The large was more than enough for the three of us! The spring rolls was soooo yummy! These are the Vietnamese spring rolls that I LOVE!! Nice and crunchy and so flavourful!!
Ambiance was ok . . . nothing to fancy but it was clean.
Service was very pleasant and fast.
Definitely will recommend this place to others and can't wait to go back for more Noodles and Soup!!
We were looking for a Vietnamese restaurant to have lunch and decided to stop by Le Petit Saigon.
The ambiance is pretty similar to your average Pho restaurant. We ordered some pho and beef in 3 flavors. The pho was quite good, although soup was slightly on the salty side. Not the best I've had but definitely far from the worst. They do give a generous portion of noodles and meat. The beef in 3 flavors tasted similar to regular sausage, but we enjoyed it. We also enjoyed their salad roll and spring rolls. The dipping sauce for the salad roll was delicious.
Service was efficient and friendly. I was glad the waitress offered the option of having my bean sprouts cooked ahead of time.
Recommended for lunch if you're nearby, but if you're willing to drive, there are better pho places out there (try Pho Tam in Surrey).
me and my buddy ate here about a year ago. i would consider ourselves "pho afficionados". the service was okay, if inattentive. we both had pho and i was very disappointed. the price was around $6.50 per bowl and there was neither a lot of noodles or meat. the broth tasted a bit like dishwater and other than that flavour, was quite non-descript period. i wouldn't eat at this place again..why would you, when bao chao is just up the street and would give you a bowl of pho 10 times better than this place.
On a Monday noon we walked along East Hastings Sunrise looking for a good place to eat. This area really needs some more good restaurants, especially ones that can open on Mondays. After passing by three restaurants that were closed on Monday, we stopped into Le Petit Saigon. Don't be discouraged by one of the reviews that described the area as "sketchy." It's is completely safe and it is going through a transformation (judging by the quick sales of now over-one-million dollar homes.
I tried the regular rare beef pho noodles as this should be the Vietnamese signature dish. The broth is amazing! It was NOT greasy and had a lot of subtle flavours. I like that it was not overpowered with salt and fat. The beef was very lean and tender and more generous than some other places. The sprouts on the side were blanched perfectly, not soggy. There was thai basil, lime wedges, jalapenos and what looked like Vietnamese celery, a sign of authenticity.
My friend had the spicy beef noodle soup. The broth, again, is amazing! Not overly salty or greasy, nicely subtle. Only thing I wasn't keen about was the spaghetti noodles. I much preferred vermicelli.
The deep fried spring roll had a light, very crispy exterior and was piping hot and meaty on the inside. I think it's the best I've had in all the Vietnamese restaurants I've tried. And, it was so NOT greasy or soggy. The skewered beef were tender but had a flavour I could not identify. It was herbally but I guess it may be an authentic Vietnamese marinade that I haven't learned to appreciate. The dipping sauce is very good and had minced garlic floating on top. I liked that it was not typical of the MSG/salty sauce I get in most other Vietnamese restaurants.
This place has been renovated and is very clean. Even their chopsticks are covered individually so dust does not collect. The service is very friendly and our meals arrived surprisingly prompt. I miss eating at Pho Hoang since moving from the Cambie Corridor but Le Petit Saigon is a better replacement.
We went during lunch and if you want a more quiet space, stay away from the front door as trucks pass by frequently and the restaurant door is left open. There is one TV but no other garish decor as in most places.
If you like MSG, oily, salty and the quality of Thai Son Vietnamese, don't eat here. You would not appreciate the subtle quality of their food.
We decided to give this place another try since we heard that they changed owners. We weren't impressed with the place the last time that we went, but a few of my family members and friends have been saying that it's pretty good now.
We came here for lunch at had their grilled beef salad rolls to start (way better than the usual shrimp and ham salad rolls that we usually get). You can taste the BBQ flavor of the beef in the salad rolls. My lunch companion ordered the pho and requested the raw beef be put on the side instead of in the soup and we were promptly told that they could not do that. Fine - company policy is company policy, although all the other pho places that we go to never seem to have a problem with this. So my lunch companion quickly changed his mind and had the spring rolls and beef on vermicelli. I ordered the seafood egg noodles with the soup on the side. Everything was surprisingly good. I couldn't even finish my lunch because I was too full.
We also ordered a strawberry smoothy for a very reasonable $3, which caused my poor friend some severe brain freeze moments. But for $3, it was definitely worth it.
We'll definitely be back ...
Craving for Vietnamese food so decided to come here again. Ordered the usual rice noodles with meat and spring rolls and MmmmmMm very yummy as usual. The spring rolls seemed to have gotten even better. Very fresh and seemed extra crispy like they used a different skin. Quick and prompt service. A great meal I can count on!
I have read the recent reviews and my friend's recommendation and I decided to try this place. I order the Bun Bo Hue which is what I always order at Pho places. This is the standard noodle soup in how I grade all the pho places I visit. I looked at their menu and they have only one size which is reasonable and the price was descent. When th pho came out within 10 minutes, it was steaming hot which is how I like it. Wow the bowl was full of meat and noodles. The broth was really tasty even after putting in the bean sprouts and basil. I was really full after finishing the pho too. Good value for a great pho! I'm definitely coming back!
I love pho, and there are tons on Hastings, but this place has the richest tasting broth and freshest noodles hands down. It's also very clean and they always have lots of nice ladies on staff. Service and food is always prompt, great for lunch time.
The spring rolls are also amazing, crispy on the outside but moist on the inside.
I highly recommend this place, especially the Bun Ho Hue - my fav bowl of noodle soup.
we were at the restaurant in Aug, 2007...most dishes were excellent , no fatty, tasty & well plating. We went back when ever we had chance to be in the area...looking forward to our favorite dishes. Somehow, last week we were back and the food were far from what we used to have..The soup was fatty & salty, the beef skews were so tough. Although the portion are seem more then it used to...but does not really worth to come back. Would not recommend to any one that we know. Too bad!!!
I went to try this restaurant a couple of evenings ago based on the solid reviews here. The service we received was the worst i have had (it was a middle aged lady). I wanted to order a rare beef with noodles with the rare beef on the side, and the lady who served us says in a angrily voice that they do not allow that and walked away. I have been many pho restaurants and they all have allowed me to do that before, therefore i was quite disappointed. When the pho came the rare beef was well done. (that is why i wanted the rare beef on the side). Later when we asked for the bill, we had waited over 10 minutes, before i finally went to the counter to pay my bill. Food and value was alright nothing spectacular. Ambiance is cleaner than most vietnamese restaurants. Definately would not recommend this place, especially there are alot more pho restaurants with better food and service.
I have been frequenting this restaurant since I was in high school, from the previous to the current owner, the food has never disappointed. The new owners have kept the same menu and prices and made it even better with improved presentation and service. It keeps me coming back with an additional inch in the waist for every visit. =)
1. Spring rolls ($1.50 ea.) - Definitely one of the better values out there, but this is not where it ends. It has a reasonable amount of filling with a great crunch to it, unlike the ones you find at chinese restaurants during dimsum.
2. Pho - Their Pho has a tasty and clear broth without as much MSG as other Vietnamese Pho restaurants, and the prices are reasonable from $5.50 for small to $6.75 for larger size.
3. Rice Dishes - They have a great presentation to all of the rice dishes and the flavor of their grilled meats is on par with their presentation. (from $6.00 - $7.75 - i think)
4. Clean - This place is quite clean compared to other restaurants. Just checkout the washroom and see for yourself.
Overall, this place is definitely worth checking out if you are craving for pho and you are in the neighborhood. A few of my friends drive from the suburbs into the city on a weekly to bi-weekly basis for lunch or dinner. I have the pleasure of living near this restaurant, so it's one of my faves.
Went with co-workers for lunch on a friday, and although it was very busy, we had prompt service. The food was delish, everything looked clean, food was done right, spring rolls were incredibly tasty, and everybody left happy after an inexpensive, good meal. Will absolutelly come back and bring more friends.
After being remodeled, this restaurant is so much nicer and cleaner. The food is really good and pretty cheap. The overall service is pretty good even though I had a bad experience when ordering hot wok that took forever. The parking is kinda tight. Many Viet Restaurant take only cash but this place just started taking debit cards/ interac which makes paying easier for some people. If you're hungry and want good cheap food this restaurant couldn't be beat.
this place is very clean,even it doesnt look like so from outside. the pho itself is very good and tasty, the value also pretty good. spring roll was crunchy and delicious.
the special thing about this place is the soup, i think it has cinnamon in it which make it a bit different.
i also notice that this place actually famous for its rice and lemon grass chicken, which i hve to say: very good!